[Federal Register Volume 62, Number 141 (Wednesday, July 23, 1997)]
[Page 39557]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 97-19337]



[Docket No. 50-390]

Watts Bar Nuclear Plant, Unit 1; Notice of Public meeting on 
TVA'S Proposal to Insert Lead Test Assemblies Containing Tritium 
Producing Burnable Absorber Rods into Watts Bar Unit 1 During Cycle 2

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will hold a public 
meeting regarding the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) proposal to 
insert lead test assemblies (LTA) containing tritium producing burnable 
absorber rods (TPBAR) in the Watts Bar Unit 1 reactor core during fuel 
cycle 2. The purpose of the change is to provide irradiation services 
to support U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) investigations into the 
feasibility of using commercial light water reactors to maintain the 
DOE inventory of tritium. This meeting is to provide an opportunity for 
public comment on the technical issues regarding the TVA proposal and 
to ensure that the public is aware of the NRC staff's review activities 
and has the opportunity to provide comments on them. The meeting will 
be held from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on August 7, 1997, in the 
Quality Inn located in Sweetwater, Tennessee. The meeting will be 
transcribed and will be open to the public.
    The structure of the meeting shall be as follows:
    Thursday, August 7, 1997:

7:00 p.m.--NRC Opening Remarks
7:15 p.m.--DOE Program Description
7:45 p.m.--TVA Presentation
8:00 p.m.--NRC Review and Inspection
8:30 p.m.--Public Comments
9:00 p.m.-Meeting Adjourns

    Members of the public who are interested in presenting comments 
relative to TVA's proposal should notify the project manager, at the 
number given below, 5 working days prior to the meeting. A brief 
summary of the information to be presented and the time requested 
should be provided in order to make appropriate arrangements. Time 
allotted for presentations by members of the public will be determined 
based upon the number of requests received and will be announced at the 
beginning of the meeting. Time permitting, additional, unscheduled 
presentations will be considered. The order for public presentations 
will be on a first-receive, first-to-speak basis. Written statements 
will also be accepted and included in the record of the meeting. 
Written statements may be presented at the meeting or mailed to the 
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Mailstop O-14B21, Attn: R.E. 
Martin, Washington, DC 20555.
    Requests for the opportunity to present information can be made by 
contacting R.E. Martin, Project Manager, Division of Reactor Projects 
I/II at (301) 415-1493. Persons planning to attend this meeting are 
urged to contact the project manager 1 or 2 days prior to the meeting 
to be advised of any changes.
    For further details with respect to this action, see TVA's 
application for amendment of the Watts Bar Unit 1 operating license 
dated April 30, 1997, the NRC staff's Request for Additional 
Information (RAI) dated May 29, 1997, TVA's responses to the RAI dated 
June 18, 1997 and the NRC staff's RAI dated June 24, 1997. These 
documents are available for public inspection at the Commission's 
Public Document Room, the Gelman Building, 2120 L Street, NW., 
Washington, DC and at the Local Public Document Room in the 
Chattanooga-Hamilton County Library, 1001 Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN 

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 17th day of July 1997.
    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Frederick J. Hebdon,
Director, Project Directorate II-3, Division of Reactor Projects I/II, 
Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.
[FR Doc. 97-19337 Filed 7-22-97; 8:45 am]