[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 135 (Thursday, July 16, 2009)]
[Pages 34597-34598]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-16920]




License Renewal Interim Staff Guidance LR-ISG-2006-02: Staff 
Guidance Regarding the Acceptance Reviews for Environmental 
Requirements for License Renewal Applications; Notice of Withdrawal

AGENCY: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

ACTION: Notice of withdrawal.


SUMMARY: The NRC is withdrawing its proposed License Renewal Interim 
Staff Guidance (LR-ISG), LR-ISG-2006-02, ``Staff Guidance on Acceptance 
Review for Environmental Reports for License Renewal Applications,'' 
which was noticed in the Federal Register (72 FR 7694 on February 16, 
2007). This

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proposed LR-ISG was intended to aid NRC staff in conducting 
environmental acceptance reviews, and identify information to include 
in environmental reports (ERs). The proposed LR-ISG also provided an 
acceptance review checklist.
    The staff informed NEI and other stakeholders of the opportunity to 
comment on the proposed LR-ISG-2006-02 by letter dated February 8, 2007 
(ADAMS Accession No. ML063190440). The staff noted that the guidance in 
this proposed LR-ISG would be incorporated into a future update of 
Environmental Standard Review Plan (ESRP), NUREG-1555, ``Standard 
Review Plans for Environmental Reviews for Nuclear Power Plants.'' NEI 
provided comments on the proposed LR-ISG in a letter dated April 16, 
2007 (ADAMS Accession No. ML071090137). No other stakeholders provided 
    The NRC is currently preparing a proposed rule to amend its 
regulations in Part 51 of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations 
regarding findings on environmental impacts related to license renewal. 
Specifically, the proposed rule will reestablish the scope of the 
environmental impact issues which must be addressed in conjunction with 
the review of applications for license renewal. As part of this 
rulemaking, the NRC staff will issue for comments a revised Generic 
Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) for License Renewal of Nuclear 
Plants. Concurrent with this update, the staff will also publish a 
revised Regulatory Guide 4.2, Preparation of Environmental Reports for 
License Renewal Applications, and a revised Environmental Standard 
Review Plan, Standard Review Plans for Environmental Reviews for 
Nuclear Power Plants. Consequently, the staff has determined that 
ongoing efforts to update the aforementioned documents will obviate the 
need for LR-ISG-2006-02. Comments received to date on LR-ISG-2006-02 
will be appropriately considered as part of such efforts to update 
existing guidance.

ADDRESSES: Documents created or received after November 1, 1999, are 
available electronically at the NRC's Public Electronic Reading Room on 
the Internet at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. From this 
site, the public can gain entry into the NRC's Agencywide Documents 
Access and Management System (ADAMS). If you do not have access to the 
Internet or if there are any problems in accessing the documents 
located in ADAMS, contact the NRC Public Document Room reference staff 
at 1-800-397-4209, 301-415-4737, or by e-mail at [email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Ian Spivack, Division of License 
Renewal, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory 
Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001; telephone 301-415-2564; or e-
mail [email protected].

insights and lessons learned, and to address emergent issues not 
addressed in certain license renewal guidance documents. The NRC staff 
and stakeholders can use approved LR-ISGs until their guidance is 
incorporated into a formal license renewal guidance document revision. 
The NRC posts ISGs on the NRC public Web page at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/isg.
    For the reasons stated above, the NRC has determined that LR-ISG-
2006-02 is not needed. The staff considers this LR-ISG withdrawn and 

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 8th day of July 2009.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Samson S. Lee,
Deputy Director, Division of License Renewal, Office of Nuclear Reactor 
[FR Doc. E9-16920 Filed 7-15-09; 8:45 am]