[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 175 (Friday, September 11, 2009)]
[Pages 46799-46800]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-21978]



[Docket No. 50-391; NRC-2008-0369]

Tennessee Valley Authority, Watts Bar Nuclear Station, Unit 2; 
Notice of Intent To Prepare a Supplement to the Operating License Final 
Environmental Statement and Conduct Scoping Process

    Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has submitted an application for 
an Operating License for Watts Bar Nuclear Station Unit 2 (WBN2). WBN2 
is located in Rhea County, Tennessee, on the Tennessee River. The 
application for the operating license, dated June 30, 1976, was 
submitted pursuant to Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 
CFR) Part 50. An updated operating license was submitted on March 4, 
2009. The WBN Unit 2 Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement 
for the Completion and Operation of WBN Unit 2 (June 2007) (FSEIS) was 
submitted to the U.S Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on February 
15, 2008 (Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS) 
Accession Number ML080510469). The proposed action in response to the 
updated application is the issuance of an operating license that would 
authorize TVA to possess, use, and operate a second lightwater nuclear 
reactor (the facility), Watts Bar Nuclear Plant (WBN) Unit 2, located 
on the applicant's site in Rhea County, Tennessee. The unit would 
operate at a steady-state power level of 3,411 megawatts thermal. 
Alternatives to the proposed action include the denial of an operating 
license or issuance of a license for a different power level. The 
purpose of this notice is to inform the public that a supplement to the 
final environmental statement (FES) related to the review of the 
license application will be prepared in accordance with 10 CFR 51.92 
and to provide the public an opportunity to participate in the 
environmental scoping process, as defined in 10 CFR 51.29. In addition, 
as outlined in 36 CFR 800.8, ``Coordination With the National 
Environmental Policy Act,'' the NRC plans to coordinate compliance with 
Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act in meeting the 
requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA).
    TVA submitted the FSEIS on February 15, 2008, as part of the 
updated application. The FSEIS is publicly available at the NRC Public 
Document Room (PDR), located at One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville 
Pike, Rockville, Maryland, 20852, or from the NRC's ADAMS. The ADAMS 
Public Electronic Reading Room is accessible at http://adamswebsearch.nrc.gov/dologin.htm. The ADAMS Accession Number for the 
FSEIS is ML080510469. In addition, TVA provided supplemental 
information to the FSEIS in two additional submittals: Watts Bar 
Nuclear Plant (WBN)--Unit 2--Final Supplemental Environmental Impact 
Statement--[response to] Request for Additional Information dated July 
2, 2008 (ML081850460), and Watts Bar Nuclear Plant (WBN) Unit 2--Final 
Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement--Severe Accident Management 
Alternatives dated January 27, 2009 (ML090360706). Persons who do not 
have access to ADAMS, or who encounter problems in accessing the 
documents located in ADAMS, should contact the NRC's PDR reference 
staff by telephone at 1-800-397-4209, or 301-415-4737, or by e-mail at 
[email protected]. The FSEIS may also be viewed on the Internet at 
    This notice advises the public that the NRC intends to gather the 
information necessary to prepare a supplement to the WBN2 Final 
Environmental Statement. The matters to be addressed in the supplement 
include evaluation of new and significant circumstances or information, 
relevant to environmental concerns, that developed after the 1978 FES 
(ADAMS Accession Number ML082560457). This notice is being published in 
accordance with NEPA and the NRC's regulations found in 10 CFR Part 51.
    The NRC will first conduct a scoping process for the supplement to 
the FES and, as soon as practicable thereafter, will prepare a draft 
supplement to the FES for public comment. Participation in the scoping 
process by members of the public and local, State, Tribal, and Federal 
government agencies is encouraged. The scoping process for the 
supplement to the FES as described in 40 CFR 51.29(a)(1)-(8) will be 
used to accomplish the following:
    1. Define the proposed action which is to be the subject of the 
supplement, using the provision of 10 CFR 1502.4.
    2. Determine the scope of the supplement and identify the 
significant issues to be analyzed in depth.
    3. Identify and eliminate from detailed study those issues that are 
peripheral or that are not significant.
    4. Identify any environmental assessments and ElSs that are being, 
or will be, prepared which are related to, but are not part of, the 
scope of the supplement.
    5. Identify other environmental review and consultation 
requirements related to the proposed action so that other required 
analyses may be prepared concurrently and integrated with the 
    6. Indicate the relationship between the timing of the preparation 
of the environmental analyses and the Commission's tentative planning 
and decision-making schedule.
    7. Identify any cooperating agencies and, as appropriate, allocate 
assignments for preparation and schedules for completing the supplement 
to the FES.
    8. Describe how the supplement to the FES will be prepared, 
including any contractor assistance to be used.

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    At the conclusion of the scoping process, the NRC will prepare a 
concise summary of the determination and conclusions reached, including 
the significant issues identified, and will send a copy of the summary 
to each participant in the scoping process. The summary will also be 
available for inspection in ADAMS at http://adamswebsearch.nrc.gov/dologin.htm. The NRC may revise the determinations in the summary as 
appropriate. The staff will then prepare and issue for comment the 
draft supplement to the FES, which will be the subject of separate 
notices and separate public meetings. Copies will be available for 
public inspection at the above-mentioned addresses. After receipt and 
consideration of the comments, the NRC will prepare a final supplement 
to the FES, which will also be available for public inspection.
    The NRC is inviting the following to participate in scoping:
    a. The applicant, Tennessee Valley Authority.
    b. Other Federal agencies that have jurisdiction by law or special 
expertise with respect to any environmental impact involved, or that 
are authorized to develop and enforce relevant environmental standards.
    c. Affected State and local agencies, including those authorized to 
develop and enforce relevant environmental standards.
    d. Affected Native American Tribes.
    e. Persons who requested an opportunity to participate in the 
scoping process.
    f. Person who petitioned for leave to intervene in the proceeding.
    In accordance with 10 CFR 51.26, the scoping process for an EIS, 
which in this case is equivalent to the FES, may include a public 
scoping meeting to help identify significant issues related to a 
proposed activity and to determine the scope of issues to be addressed 
in the FES. The NRC has decided to hold public meetings for the WBN2 
operating license supplement to the FES. The scoping meetings will be 
held at the Magnuson Hotel at 1421 Murrays Chapel Road in Sweetwater, 
Tennessee, on Tuesday, October 6, 2009. There will be two sessions to 
accommodate interested persons. The first session will be at 1:30 p.m. 
and the second at 6:30 p.m. Both sessions will be transcribed and will 
include: An overview by the NRC staff of the NEPA environmental review 
process, the proposed scope of the supplement to the FES, and the 
proposed review schedule; and the opportunity for interested government 
agencies, organizations, and individuals to submit comments or 
suggestions on the environmental issues or the proposed scope of the 
supplement to the FES. Additionally, the NRC staff will host informal 
discussions one hour prior to the start of each session at the same 
location. No formal comments on the proposed scope of the supplement to 
the FES will be accepted during the informal discussions. To be 
considered, comments must be provided either at the transcribed public 
meetings or in writing, as discussed below. Persons may register to 
attend or present oral comments at the meetings on the scope of the 
NEPA review by contacting the NRC Project Manager, Mr. Joel Wiebe, by 
telephone at 301-415-6606, or by e-mail to [email protected] no later 
than September 30, 2009. Members of the public may also register to 
speak at the meeting within 15 minutes of the start of each session. 
Individual oral comments may be limited by the time available, 
depending on the number of persons who register. Members of the public 
who have not registered may also have an opportunity to speak, if time 
permits. Public comments will be considered in the scoping process for 
the supplement to the FES.
    Members of the public may send written comments on the 
environmental scope of the WBN2 operating license review to: Chief, 
Rulemaking and Directives Branch, Division of Administrative Services, 
Office of Administration, Mailstop TWB-05B01, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory 
Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, and should cite the publication 
date and page number of this Federal Register notice. Electronic 
comments may be sent by e-mail to the NRC at 
[email protected], and should be sent no later than 
October 30, 2009, to be considered in the scoping process. Comments 
will be available electronically and accessible through ADAMS at http://adamswebsearch.nrc.gov/dologin.htm. Because your comments will not be 
edited to remove any identifying or contact information, the NRC 
cautions you against including any information in your submission that 
you do not want to be publicly disclosed.
    The NRC requests that any party soliciting or aggregating comments 
received from other persons for submission to the NRC inform those 
persons that the NRC will not edit their comments to remove any 
identifying or contact information, and therefore, they should not 
include any information in their comments that they do not want 
publicly disclosed.
    Participation in the scoping process for the supplement to the FES 
does not entitle participants to become parties to the proceeding to 
which the supplement to the FES relates. Notice of opportunity for a 
hearing regarding the updated license application was the subject of 
the aforementioned Federal Register notice 74 FR 20350. Matters related 
to participation in any hearing are outside the scope of matters to be 
discussed at this public meeting.
    Information about the proposed action, the supplement to the FES, 
and the scoping process may be obtained from Mr. Wiebe at the 
aforementioned telephone number or e-mail address.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 4th day of September 2009.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
L. Raghavan,
Chief, Watts Bar Special Projects Branch, Division of Operating Reactor 
Licensing, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.
[FR Doc. E9-21978 Filed 9-10-09; 8:45 am]