[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 180 (Friday, September 18, 2009)]
[Page 47978]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-22557]




Proposed Standard Review Plan; Branch Technical Position 18-1 on 
Guidance for Evaluating Minimum Inventory of Alarms, Controls, and 
Displays for New Light-Water Reactor Plant Designs

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

ACTION: Solicitation of public comment.


SUMMARY: The NRC is requesting public comment on NUREG-0800, ``Standard 
Review Plan for the Review of Safety Analysis Reports for Nuclear Power 
Plants,'' Branch Technical Position (BTP) 18-1, on Guidance for 
Evaluating Minimum Inventory of Alarms, Controls, and Displays for New 
Light Water Reactor Plant Designs (Agencywide Documents Access and 
Management System (ADAMS) Accession No. ML092330826). This BTP is to be 
cited as the acceptance criteria for the minimum inventory of controls, 
displays, and alarms in the Standard Review Plan (SRP) Chapter 18, 
Section II.A.7, item 8 for those standard designs that have not been 
certified prior to the date of this BTP. When BTP 18-1 is issued as 
final, Chapter 18, Section II.A.7, item 8, which currently states, ``8. 
A minimum inventory of controls, displays, and alarms,'' will be 
revised to read, ``8. A minimum inventory of controls, displays, and 
alarms (See the guidance in BTP 18-1 for designs that the NRC has not 
previously certified).'' (Material in parenthesis is added as a pointer 
to the BTP.)
    The NRC staff issues SRPs and BTPs to facilitate timely 
implementation of current staff guidance and to facilitate activities 
associated with the review of applications for design certification 
(DC) and combined licenses (COLs) by the Office of New Reactors (NRO). 
The NRC staff will also incorporate the revised SRP section and BTP 18-
1 into the next revisions of Regulatory Guide 1.206 and any related 
guidance documents.

DATES: Comments must be filed no later than 60 days from the date of 
publication of this notice in the Federal Register. Comments received 
after this date will be considered, if it is practical to do so, but 
the Commission is able to ensure consideration only for comments 
received on or before this date.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted to: Mr. Michael T. Lesar, Chief, 
Rulemaking & Directives Branch, MS: TWB-05-B01M, Office of 
Administration, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 
    The NRC maintains ADAMS, which provides text and image files of 
NRC's public documents. These documents may be accessed through the 
NRC's Public Electronic Reading Room on the Internet at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. Persons who do not have access to 
ADAMS or who encounter problems in accessing the documents located in 
ADAMS should 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. Michael A. Junge, Chief, Operator 
Licensing and Human Performance Branch, Division of Construction 
Inspection and Operational Programs, Office of New Reactors, U.S. 
Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001; telephone 
301-415-6855 or e-mail at [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This SRP, NUREG-0800, has been prepared to 
establish criteria that the NRO staff use to evaluate if DC and COL 
applications meet the NRC's regulations. The SRP is not a substitute 
for the NRC's regulations, and compliance with it is not required. 
However, applicants are required to identify differences in design 
features, analytical techniques, and procedural measures proposed for a 
facility and corresponding SRP acceptance criteria, and evaluate how 
the proposed alternatives to the acceptance criteria provide an 
acceptable method of complying with the NRC's regulations.
    The agency posts its issued staff guidance in the agency external 
web page (http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/nuregs/staff/sr0800).
    The NRC staff is issuing this notice to solicit public comments on 
proposed BTP 18-1, which is being issued for the first time. After the 
NRC staff considers any public comments, it will make a determination 
regarding proposed BTP 18-1.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 11th day of September 2009.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
William F. Burton,
Chief, Rulemaking and Guidance Development Branch, Division of New 
Reactor Licensing, Office of New Reactors.
[FR Doc. E9-22557 Filed 9-17-09; 8:45 am]