[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 56 (Wednesday, March 25, 2009)]
[Pages 12910-12911]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-6553]




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-
2889 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), titled, ``Risk-Informed, 
Performance-Based Fire Protection for Existing Light-Water Nuclear 
Power Plants,'' is temporarily identified by its task number, DG-1218, 
which should be mentioned in all related correspondence. DG-1218 is the 
proposed Revision 1 of Regulatory Guide 1.205.
    DG-1218 provides guidance for use in complying with the 
requirements that the NRC has promulgated for risk-informed, 
performance-based fire protection programs (FPPs) that comply with 
Title 10, section 50.48(c), of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR 
50.48(c)) and the referenced 2001 Edition of the National Fire 
Protection Association (NFPA) standard, NFPA

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805, ``Performance-Based Standard for Fire Protection for Light-Water 
Reactor Electric Generating Plants.''
    In accordance with 10 CFR 50.48(a), each operating nuclear power 
plant must have an FPP that satisfies General Design Criterion (GDC) 3, 
``Fire Protection,'' of Appendix A, ``General Design Criteria for 
Nuclear Power Plants,'' to 10 CFR part 50, ``Domestic Licensing of 
Production and Utilization Facilities.'' In addition, plants that were 
licensed to operate before January 1, 1979, must meet the requirements 
of Appendix R, ``Fire Protection Program for Nuclear Power Facilities 
Operating Prior to January 1, 1979,'' to 10 CFR part 50, except to the 
extent provided for in 10 CFR 50.48(b). Plants licensed to operate 
after January 1, 1979, are required to comply with 10 CFR 50.48(a), as 
well as any plant-specific fire protection license conditions and 
technical specifications.

II. Further Information

    The NRC staff is soliciting comments on DG-1218. Comments may be 
accompanied by relevant information or supporting data and should 
mention DG-1218 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: Chief, Rulemaking and Directives Branch, MS 
TWB-05-B01M, Office of Administration, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory 
Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001.
    2. Fax comments to: Chief, Rulemaking and Directives Branch, Office 
of Administration, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission at (301) 492-
    Requests for technical information about DG-1218 may be directed to 
the NRC contact, Steven Laur at (301) 415-2889 or e-mail to 
[email protected].
    Comments would be most helpful if received by May 22, 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 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-1218 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 16th 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. E9-6553 Filed 3-24-09; 8:45 am]