[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 81 (Thursday, April 28, 2005)]
[Page 22154]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E5-2038]



[Docket No. 50-382]

Entergy Operations, Inc.; Notice of Issuance of Amendment to 
Facility Operating License

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (Commission) has issued 
Amendment No. 199 to Facility Operating License (FOL) No. NPF-38 to 
Entergy Operations, Inc. (the licensee), which revised the FOL and 
Technical Specifications (TSs) for operation of the Waterford Steam 
Electric Station, Unit 3 (Waterford 3), located in St. Charles Parish, 
Louisiana. The amendment modified the FOL and the TSs to allow an 
increase in the maximum authorized reactor core power level from 3441 
megawatts thermal (MWt) to 3716 MWt, which represents a power increase 
of about 8 percent and is considered to be an extended power uprate 
(EPU). The amendment is effective as of the date of issuance and is to 
be implemented prior to restart from refueling outage 13 at the uprated 
power level.
    The application for the amendment was dated November 13, 2003, 
Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS) Accession 
Number ML040260317, as supplemented by letters dated January 29 
(ML040340728), March 4 (ML040690028), April 15 (ML041110527), May 7 
(ML041330175), May 12 (ML041380147), May 13 (ML041380145), May 21 
(ML041460407), May 26 (ML041490335), July 14 (ML042010150), July 15 
(ML042020294), July 28 (ML042120475), August 10 (ML042250177), August 
19 (ML042360712), August 25 (ML042440417), September 1 (ML042470194), 
September 14 (ML042660243), October 8 (2 letters, ML042880327 and 
ML042880418), October 13 (ML042890193), October 18 (ML042940577), 
October 19 (ML043010129) October 21 (ML043010238), October 29 (2 
letters, ML043080406 and ML043080403), November 4 (ML043140283), 
November 8 (ML043200122), November 16 (ML043270472), and November 19, 
2004 (ML043280359), and January 5 (ML050100225), January 14 
(ML050210054), February 5 (ML050400463), February 16 (ML050490396), and 
March 17, 2005 (ML050810095).
    The application for the amendment complies with the standards and 
requirements of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (the Act), 
and the Commission's rules and regulations in Title 10 of the Code of 
Federal Regulations (10 CFR) Chapter I, which are set forth in the 
license amendment.
    The draft environmental assessment (EA), published in the Federal 
Register on October 12, 2004 (69 FR 60672), was related to the 
application dated November 13, 2003, as supplemented through August 10, 
2004. The supplements, including those dated through March 17, 2005, 
did not change the assessment in the draft EA. The draft EA was 
published to provide a 30-day public comment period. There was one 
comment from Entergy Operations, Inc. dated November 11, 2004, which 
stated that (1) while the draft EA had implied that all sanitary wastes 
at Waterford 3 discharge to an onsite sewage treatment plant, the 
sanitary wastes at Waterford 3 are discharged from two different 
locations, and (2) the draft EA does accurately reflect that no 
increase in sanitary wastes is expected as a result of the proposed 
    The Commission has issued the Final EA related to the action and 
the determination on the environmental impact stated in the draft EA 
has not changed. Based upon the EA, the Commission has concluded that 
the issuance of the amendment will not have a significant effect on the 
quality of the human environment (70 FR 17128, published April 4, 
    As a part of the EPU application, by supplement dated October 29, 
2004, the licensee requested, pursuant to 10 CFR 50.90, approval of an 
amendment for Waterford 3, to revise the minimum volume in the 
emergency diesel generator fuel oil storage tanks (FOSTs) required by 
Waterford 3 TSs and The NRC staff has determined that 
the amendment involves no significant increase in the amounts, and no 
significant change in the types, of any effluents that may be released 
offsite, and that there is no significant increase in individual or 
cumulative occupational radiation exposure. The Commission had 
previously issued a proposed finding that the amendment involved no 
significant hazards consideration, and there was no public comment on 
such finding published December 7, 2004 (69 FR 70716). This amendment 
revised the TSs for FOL No. NPF-38. The Commission's related evaluation 
of this change is contained in the Safety Evaluation for the EPU 
application. The effective date for this amendment is as of the date of 
issuance and to be implemented prior to restart from the refueling 
outage 13 in the spring of 2005 to support the power uprate 
    Accordingly, the amendment requesting changes to the FOST TSs meets 
the eligibility criteria for categorical exclusion set forth in 10 CFR 
51.22(c)(9). Pursuant to 10 CFR 51.22(b) no environmental impact 
statement or environmental assessment need be prepared in connection 
with the issuance of this amendment. For further details with respect 
to the action, see (1) the application for the EPU amendment dated 
November 13, 2003, as supplemented by letters dated January 29, March 
4, April 15, May 7, May 12, May 13, May 21, May 26, July 14, July 15, 
July 28, August 10, August 19, August 25, September 1, September 14, 
October 8 (2 letters), October 13, October 18, October 19, October 21, 
October 29 (2 letters), November 4, November 8, November 16, November 
19, 2004, January 5, January 14, February 5, February 16, and March 17, 
2005; (2) the Commission's related Safety Evaluation dated April 15, 
2005; and (3) the Commission's EA. Documents may be examined, and/or 
copied for a fee, at the NRC's Public Document Room (PDR), located at 
One White Flint North, Public File Area O1F2, 11555 Rockville Pike 
(first floor), Rockville, Maryland. Publicly available records will be 
accessible electronically from the ADAMS Public Electronic Reading Room 
on the internet at the NRC Web site, http://www.nrc.gov/NRC/ADAMS/index.html. Persons who do not have access to ADAMS or who encounter 
problems in accessing the documents located in ADAMS should contact the 
NRC PDR Room Reference staff by telephone at 1-800-397-4209, (301) 415-
4737, or by e-mail to [email protected].

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 15th day of April 2005.

    For The Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Thomas W. Alexion,
Project Manager, Section 1, Project Directorate IV, Division of 
Licensing Project Management, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.
[FR Doc. E5-2038 Filed 4-27-05; 8:45 am]