[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 127 (Monday, July 6, 2009)]
[Pages 31991-31992]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-15786]




Draft Regulatory Guide: Issuance, Availability

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

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


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeffrey Hixon, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory 
Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, telephone: (301) 251-7639 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, ``Control of Stainless 
Steel Weld Cladding of Low-Alloy Steel Components,'' is temporarily 
identified by its task number, DG-1221, which should be mentioned in 
all related correspondence. DG-1221 is proposed Revision 1 of 
Regulatory Guide 1.43, dated May 1973.
    General Design Criterion I, ``Quality Standards and Records,'' of 
Appendix A, ``General Design Criteria for Nuclear Power Plants,'' to 
Title 10, part 50, ``Domestic Licensing of Production and Utilization 
Facilities,'' of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR part 50) 
requires that components important to safety be designed, fabricated, 
and tested to quality standards commensurate with the importance of the 
safety function to be performed. Appendix B, ``Quality Assurance 
Criteria for Nuclear Power Plants and Fuel Processing Plants,'' to 10 
CFR part 50, requires that measures be established to ensure control of 
special processes such as welding and that proper testing be performed. 
This guide describes acceptable methods of implementing these 
requirements with regard to the selection and control of welding 
processes used for cladding ferritic steel components with austenitic 
stainless steel to restrict practices that could result in underclad 
cracking. This guide is limited to forgings and plate material and does 
not apply to other product forms such as castings and pipe. Adequate 
resistance to underclad cracking for these latter items should be 
assured on a case-by-case basis. This guide applies to light-water-
cooled reactors.

II. Further Information

    The NRC staff is soliciting comments on DG-1221. Comments may be 
accompanied by relevant information or supporting data and should 
mention DG-1221 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 and Directives Branch, Mail Stop: 
TWB-05-B01M, Office of Administration, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory 
Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001.
    2. Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov 
and search for documents filed under Docket ID [NRC-2009-0276]. Address 
questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher, 301-492-3668; e-mail 
[email protected].
    3. Fax comments to: Rulemaking and Directives Branch, Office of 
Administration, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission at (301) 492-3446.
    Requests for technical information about DG-1221 may be directed to 
the NRC contact, Jeffrey Hixon at (301) 251-7639 or e-mail to 
[email protected].
    Comments would be most helpful if received by August 31, 2009. 
Comments received after that date will be considered if it is practical 
to do so, but

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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-1221 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 25th day of June 2009.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Mark P. Orr,
Acting Chief, Regulatory Guide Development Branch, Division of 
Engineering, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research.
[FR Doc. E9-15786 Filed 7-2-09; 8:45 am]