[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 109 (Wednesday, June 8, 2005)]
[Page 33537]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E5-2916]



[Docket No. 50-305; License No. DPR-43]

In the Matter of Wisconsin Public Service Corporation, Wisconsin 
Power and Light Company, and Nuclear Management Company, LLC (Kewaunee 
Nuclear Power Plant, Unit No. 1); Order Extending the Effectiveness of 
the Approval of the Transfer of License and Conforming Amendment

    Wisconsin Public Service Corporation (WPSC), Wisconsin Power and 
Light Company (WPL), and Nuclear Management Company, LLC (NMC) (the 
licensees) are the holders of Facility Operating License No. DPR-43, 
which authorizes operation of Kewaunee Nuclear Power Plant, Unit No. 1 
(Kewaunee or the facility). The facility is located at the licensees' 
site in Kewaunee County, Wisconsin. The license authorizes WPSC and WPL 
to possess, and NMC to use and operate, Kewaunee.
    By order dated June 10, 2004, the Commission approved the transfer 
of the license for Kewaunee to Dominion Energy Kewaunee, Inc. (Dominion 
Energy Kewaunee). By its terms, the order of June 10, 2004, becomes 
null and void if the license transfer is not completed by June 30, 
2005, unless upon application and for good cause shown, the Commission 
extends the effectiveness of the approval.
    By letter dated May 4, 2005, NMC, on behalf of itself, WPSC, and 
WPL, submitted a request to extend the effectiveness of the order of 
June 10, 2004, until December 31, 2005. According to the letter, 
Kewaunee is currently in an extended unit shutdown to address certain 
recently identified design issues. Based on the current asset sales 
agreement between the owners and Dominion Energy Kewaunee, the license 
transfer will not occur until the unit has been returned to full power 
operation. The licensee's present schedule for addressing the plant 
design issues, returning the unit to full power operation, and 
completing the license transfer shows that all of these items will be 
done before June 30, 2005. However, Dominion Energy Kewaunee and NMC 
consider it prudent to request an extension of the order approving the 
license transfer if unforeseen circumstances make an extension 
necessary. Therefore, NMC requests an extension of the order until 
December 31, 2005, to permit completion of the Kewaunee license 
transfer. In its May 4, 2005, letter, NMC also stated that no 
conditions under which the NRC order was granted have been 
significantly changed or detrimentally affected since the order was 
    The NRC staff has considered the licensee's May 4, 2005, request 
and has determined that the licensee has shown good cause for extending 
the effectiveness of the order of June 10, 2004, as requested.
    Accordingly, pursuant to Sections 161b, 161i, and 184 of the Atomic 
Energy Act of 1954, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 2201(b), 2201(i), and 2234, 
and 10 CFR 50.80, it is hereby ordered that the effectiveness of the 
herein described order of June 10, 2004, is extended such that if the 
subject license transfer from NMC, WPSC, and WPL to Dominion Energy 
Kewaunee referenced above is not completed by December 31, 2005, the 
order of June 10, 2004, shall become null and void, unless upon 
application and for good cause shown, the Commission further extends 
the effectiveness of the order.
    This Order is effective upon issuance.
    For further details with respect to this action, see the submittal 
dated May 4, 2005, which is available for public inspection at the 
Commission's Public Document Room, located at One White Flint North, 
11555 Rockville Pike (first floor), Rockville, Maryland, and is 
accessible electronically through the ADAMS Public Electronic Reading 
Room link at the NRC Web site (http://www.nrc.gov).

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 1st day of June, 2005.

    For The Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
J. Dyer,
Director, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.
[FR Doc. E5-2916 Filed 6-7-05; 8:45 am]