[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 20 (Tuesday, February 1, 2005)]
[Pages 5254-5255]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-1887]



Notice of Availability of Draft NUREG-1800, Revision 1; 
``Standard Review Plan for Review of License Renewal Applications for 
Nuclear Power Plants'' and Draft NUREG-1801, Revision 1; ``Generic 
Aging Lessons Learned (GALL) Report''

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

ACTION: Issuance of draft NUREG-1800 ``Standard Review Plan for Review 
of License Renewal Applications for Nuclear Power Plants'' and draft 
NUREG-1801, ``Generic Aging Lessons Learned (GALL) Report'' for public 
comment; and announcement of public workshop.


SUMMARY: The NRC staff is issuing drafts of the revised NUREG-1800; 
``Standard Review Plan for License Renewal Applications for Nuclear 
Power Plants'' (SRP-LR); and the revised NUREG-1801, ``Generic Aging 
Lessons Learned (GALL) Report'' for public comment. These revised 
documents describe methods acceptable to the NRC staff for implementing 
the license renewal rule, Title 10, Code of Federal Regulations part 54 
(10 CFR part 54), as well as techniques used by the NRC staff in 
evaluating applications for license renewals. The NRC is also 
announcing a public workshop to facilitate gathering public comments on 
the drafts of these revised documents. These draft documents supersede 
the preliminary draft documents that were publicly announced and placed 
on the NRC's Web site at http://www.nrc.gov/reactors/operating/licensing/renewal/guidance/updated-guidance.html on September 30, 2004. 
The NRC is especially interested in stakeholder comments that will 
improve the safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of the license 
renewal process.

DATES: Comments may be submitted on revised SRP-LR and the draft GALL 
Report, accompanied by supporting data, by March 30, 2005. Comments 
received after this date will be considered, if it is practical to do 
so, but the NRC staff is able to ensure consideration only for comments 
received on or before this date. A public workshop is planned for March 
2, 2005, at NRC's headquarters and is announced on the NRC's Web site 
at http://www.nrc.gov/public-involve/public-meetings/meeting-schedule.html.

ADDRESSES: Written comments may be submitted to: Chief Rules and 
Directives Branch, Division of Administrative Services, Office of 
Administration, Mailstop T-6D59, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 
Washington, DC, 20555-0001. Comments should be delivered to: 11545 
Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland, Room T-6D59, between 7:30 a.m. and 
4:15 p.m. on Federal workdays. Comments may also be provided via e-mail 
at [email protected]. The NRC maintains an Agencywide Documents Access and 
Management System (ADAMS), which provides text and image files of NRC's 
public documents. These documents may be accessed through the NRC's 
Public Electronic Reading Room on the Internet at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. Persons who do not have access to ADAMS, or who 
encounter problems in accessing the documents located in ADAMS, should 
contact the NRC's PDR Reference staff at 1-800-397-4209, or 301-414-
4737, or by e-mail to [email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Jerry Dozier, License Renewal 

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Manager, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, Mail Stop O-11F1, U.S. 
Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, telephone 301 
415-1014, or e-mail [email protected].


Draft Standard Review Plan for License Renewal

    The NRC staff proposes to revise the July 2001 version of NUREG-
1800, ``Standard Review Plan for Review of License Renewal Applications 
for Nuclear Power Plants'' (SRP-LR). The SRP-LR provides guidance to 
NRC staff reviewers in performing safety reviews of applications to 
renew licenses of nuclear power plants in accordance with the license 
renewal rule. The draft SRP-LR is under ADAMS Accession number 
ML050190137. The SRP-LR is being revised to incorporate lessons learned 
from the review of a number of previous license renewal applications, 
as well as to make changes corresponding to the update of the GALL 
Report. The draft SRP-LR contains four major chapters: (1) 
Administrative Information; (2) Scoping and Screening Methodology for 
Identifying Structures and Components Subject to Aging Management 
Review, and Implementation Results; (3) Aging Management Review 
Results; and (4) Time-Limited Aging Analyses. In addition, three Branch 
Technical Positions are in an Appendix to the SRP-LR.

Draft Generic Aging Lessons Learned Report, Revision 1

    The Generic Aging Lessons Learned (GALL) Report, Revision 1, is an 
update to the July 2001 version; the report format is largely 
unchanged. The GALL Report Volumes 1 and 2 are available under ADAMS 
accession number ML050270004 and ML050270052, respectively. The 
adequacy of the generic aging management programs in managing certain 
aging effects for particular structures and components will continue to 
be evaluated based on the review of the following ten program elements: 
(1) Scope of program, (2) preventive actions, (3) parameters monitored 
or inspected, (4) detection of aging effects, (5) monitoring and 
trending, (6) acceptance criteria, (7) corrective actions, (8) 
confirmation process, (9) administrative controls, and (10) operating 
experience. The GALL Report is a technical basis document for the SRP-
LR and should be treated in the same manner as an approved topical 
report that is applicable generically.

Solicitation of Comments

    The comments should include supporting justification in enough 
detail for the NRC staff to evaluate the need for changes in the 
guidance, as well as references to the operating experience, industry 
standards, or other relevant reference materials that provide a sound 
technical basis for such changes. The NRC is also interested in 
comments that will improve the clarity of the documents so that the 
improved guidance will provide a stable and predictable evaluation 
standard for future renewal applications. Editorial and style comments 
are not necessary because we expect that the guidance documents will 
need to be reformatted and edited before they are issued in final form.

Questions for Public Comments

    Although the NRC invites public comments on all information 
contained in these draft documents, responses to the following question 
are particularly solicited.
    The GALL Report evaluates many existing programs for their adequacy 
to manage aging for license renewal. The license renewal guidance 
documents reference plant-specific aging management programs (AMP) when 
it is not clear if an appropriate widely-used (generic) AMP is 
available. Are there alternative generic AMPs that can be substituted 
for the plant-specific evaluations that are still referenced in 
Chapters II-VIII of the GALL Report? The commenter should provide 
justification to support any suggestions.

Public Workshop

    A public workshop is scheduled during the public comment period. 
Scheduled for March 2, 2005, this workshop will be held in the 
Commissioners' Hearing Room, O-1G16, at OWFN, the NRC headquarters. The 
formal meeting notice is available at http://www.nrc.gov/public-involve/public-meetings/meeting-schedule.html. It is anticipated that 
the workshop will provide the participants an opportunity to obtain 
further information, to ask questions, to make comments to add to the 
discussion, or otherwise to facilitate the public in formulating and 
preparing written comments for NRC staff consideration on these revised 
license renewal guidance documents. To ensure that all of the ideas 
raised are recorded, the workshop will be transcribed and the NRC staff 
will prepare a summary report to categorize the comments.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 27th day of January 2005.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Pao-Tsin Kuo,
Program Director, License Renewal and Environmental Impacts Program, 
Division of Regulatory Improvement Programs, Office of Nuclear Reactor 
[FR Doc. 05-1887 Filed 1-31-05; 8:45 am]