[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 47 (Thursday, March 12, 2009)]
[Pages 10784-10785]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-5358]




Draft Regulatory Guide: Issuance, Availability

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of issuance and availability of Draft Regulatory Guide, 


Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, telephone: (301) 415-
2776 or e-mail to [email protected].


I. Introduction

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing for public 
comment a draft guide in the agency's ``Regulatory Guide'' series. This 
series was developed to describe and make available to the public such 
information as methods that are acceptable to the NRC staff for 
implementing specific parts of the NRC's regulations, techniques that 
the staff uses in evaluating specific problems or postulated accidents, 
and data that the staff needs in its review of applications for permits 
and licenses.
    The draft regulatory guide (DG), entitled, ``Guidance for ITAAC 
Closure under 10 CFR Part 52,'' is temporarily identified by its task 
number, DG-1204, which should be mentioned in all related 
correspondence. DG-1204 describes a method that the staff of the NRC 
considers acceptable for use in satisfying the requirements for 
documenting the completion of inspections, tests, analyses, and 
acceptance criteria (ITAAC). In particular, DG-1204 endorses the 
provisions in the industry guidance document Nuclear Energy Institute 
(NEI) 08-01, ``Industry Guideline for the ITAAC Closure Process Under 
10 CFR Part 52,'' Revision 3, issued December 2008, for the 
implementation of Title 10, Sec.  52.99, ``Inspection during 
construction,'' of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR 52.99). In 
10 CFR 52.99, the NRC included requirements for the process of 
documenting and reporting satisfaction of the acceptance criteria for 
each ITAAC listed in the combined license (COL) and accompanying design 
    The objectives of DG-1204 are to provide guidance to help licensees 
make notifications to the NRC for completed and uncompleted ITAAC. The 
NRC uses these notifications for inspection planning and public hearing 
purposes. DG-1204 describes methods that the NRC staff considers 
acceptable for licensees to use for documenting and reporting the 
satisfactory completion of the acceptance criteria for each ITAAC 
listed in the COL and accompanying design certification. DG-1204, 
through its endorsement of an industry guidance document for licensees, 
provides guidance on complying with the requirements of 10 CFR 52.99.

II. Further Information

    The NRC staff is soliciting comments on DG-1204. Comments may be 
accompanied by relevant information or supporting data and should 
mention DG-1204 in the subject line. Comments submitted in writing or 
in electronic form will be made available to the public in their 
entirety through the NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management 
System (ADAMS).
    Personal information will not be removed from your comments. You 
may submit comments by any of the following methods:
    1. Mail comments to: Rulemaking, Directives, and Editing Branch, 
Office of Administration, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 
Washington, DC 20555-0001.
    2. E-mail comments to: [email protected]
    3. Fax comments to: Rulemaking, Directives, and Editing Branch, 
Office of Administration, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission at (301) 
    Requests for technical information about DG-1204 may be directed to 
the NRC contact, James Gaslevic at (301) 415-2776 or e-mail to 
[email protected].
    Comments would be most helpful if received by May 13, 2009. 
Comments received after that date will be considered if it is practical 
to do so, but the NRC is able to ensure consideration only for comments 
received on or before

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this date. Although a time limit is given, comments and suggestions in 
connection with items for inclusion in guides currently being developed 
or improvements in all published guides are encouraged at any time.
    Electronic copies of DG-1204 are available through the NRC's public 
Web site under Draft Regulatory Guides in the ``Regulatory Guides'' 
collection of the NRC's Electronic Reading Room at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/. Electronic copies are also available in 
ADAMS (http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html), under Accession No. 
    In addition, regulatory guides are available for inspection at the 
NRC's Public Document Room (PDR), which is located at 11555 Rockville 
Pike, Rockville, Maryland. The PDR's mailing address is USNRC PDR, 
Washington, DC 20555-0001. The PDR can also be reached by telephone at 
(301) 415-4737 or (800) 397-4205, by fax at (301) 415-3548, and by e-
mail to [email protected].
    Regulatory guides are not copyrighted, and Commission approval is 
not required to reproduce them.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 5th day of March, 2009.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Andrea D. Valentin,
Chief, Regulatory Guide Development Branch, Division of Engineering, 
Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research.
 [FR Doc. E9-5358 Filed 3-11-09; 8:45 am]