[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 86 (Wednesday, May 6, 2009)]
[Page 21017]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-10457]




Withdrawal of Regulatory Guide

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Withdrawal of Regulatory Guide 4.8.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert G. Carpenter, Regulatory Guide 
Development Branch, Division of Engineering, Office of Nuclear 
Regulatory Research, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 
20555-0001, telephone: 301-251-7483 or e-mail to 
[email protected].


I. Introduction

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or Commission) is 
withdrawing Regulatory Guide 4.8, ``Environmental Technical 
Specifications for Nuclear Power Plants,'' published in December 1975. 
Regulatory Guide 4.8 provides guidance to applicants on the preparation 
of proposed environmental technical specifications and includes a 
standard format and an identification of their principal content. The 
NRC is withdrawing this regulatory guide because it is no longer 
    Regulatory Guide 4.8 was an acceptable method of meeting the 
requirements of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 50, 
``Domestic Licensing of Production and Utilization Facilities,'' which 
states that each operating license for a nuclear power plant issued by 
the NRC will contain such conditions and limitations as the Commission 
deems appropriate and necessary. Certain environmental conditions and 
limitations were incorporated into facility operating licenses as 
environmental technical specifications. Regulatory Guide 4.8 is no 
longer needed because environmental technical specifications are no 
longer used. The information is now contained in Environmental 
Protection Plans that generally appear in Appendix B to the operating 

II. Further Information

    The withdrawal of Regulatory Guide 4.8 does not alter any prior or 
existing licensing commitments based on its use. The guidance provided 
in this regulatory guide is no longer necessary. Regulatory guides may 
be withdrawn when their guidance is superseded by congressional action 
or no longer provides useful information.
    Regulatory guides are available for inspection or downloading 
through the NRC's public Web site under ``Regulatory Guides'' in the 
NRC's Electronic Reading Room at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections. Regulatory guides are also available for inspection at the 
NRC's Public Document Room (PDR), Room O-1 F21, One White Flint North, 
11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852-2738. The PDR's mailing 
address is U.S. NRC PDR, Washington, DC 20555-0001. You can reach the 
staff 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 23rd 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. E9-10457 Filed 5-5-09; 8:45 am]