[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 73 (Friday, April 17, 2009)]
[Page 17885]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-8828]




Notice of Issuance of Regulatory Guide

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of Issuance and Availability of Regulatory Guide (RG) 
3.16, Revision 1.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Orr, Regulatory Guide Development 
Branch, Division of Engineering, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research, 
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, 
telephone (301) 251-7495 or e-mail to [email protected].


I. Introduction

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing a revision 
to an existing guide in the agency's ``Regulatory Guide'' series. This 
series was developed to describe and make available to the public 
information such as methods that are acceptable to the NRC staff for 
implementing specific parts of the agency'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.
    RG 3.16, ``General Fire Protection Guide for Plutonium Processing 
and Fuel Fabrication Plants,'' was issued with a temporary 
identification as Draft Regulatory Guide, DG-3035. RG 3.16 provides the 
reader the type of information the NRC staff will use to evaluate the 
fire protection program proposed by an applicant as part of an 
application to construct and operate a plutonium processing and mixed 
oxide (MOX) fuel fabrication facility.
    The NRC considers a MOX fuel fabrication facility to be a plutonium 
processing and fuel fabrication plant as defined in Title 10, part 70, 
``Domestic Licensing of Special Nuclear Material,'' of the Code of 
Federal Regulations (10 CFR part 70). Thus, applications for licensing 
of plutonium processing or fuel fabrication facilities must satisfy the 
requirements of 10 CFR 70.23, ``Requirements for the Approval of 
Applications;'' 10 CFR 70.61, ``Performance Requirements;'' and 10 CFR 
70.64, ``Requirements for New Facilities or New Processes at Existing 
    RG 3.16 endorses the methods and procedures contained in the 
current revision of NUREG-1718, ``Standard Review Plan for the Review 
of an Application for a Mixed Oxide (MOX) Fuel Fabrication Facility,'' 
Chapter 7, ``Fire Protection,'' for reviewing the fire protection 
portion of the licensing application as acceptable for meeting the 
regulatory requirements as they relate to fire protection and the 
radiological consequences from fires.

II. Further Information

    In September 2008, DG-3035 was published with a public comment 
period of 60 days from the issuance of the guide. The public comment 
period closed on November 13, 2008. No comments were received. 
Electronic copies of RG 3.16, Revision 1 are available through the 
NRC's public Web site under ``Regulatory Guides'' at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/.
    In addition, regulatory guides are available for inspection at the 
NRC's Public Document Room (PDR), which is located at Room O-1F21, One 
White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852-
2738. 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) 397-4209, by fax at (301) 415-3548, and by e-mail to 
[email protected].
    Regulatory guides are not copyrighted, and NRC approval is not 
required to reproduce them.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 27th day of January, 2009.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Andrea D. Valentin,
Chief, Regulatory Guide Development Branch, Division of Engineering, 
Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research.
[FR Doc. E9-8828 Filed 4-16-09; 8:45 am]