[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 209 (Friday, October 30, 2009)]
[Pages 56243-56244]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-26219]




Office of New Reactors; Interim Staff Guidance on Design 
Reliability Assurance Program; Section 17.4 of the Standard Review Plan 
for the Review of Safety Analysis Reports for Nuclear Power Plants 

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

ACTION: Solicitation of public comment.


SUMMARY: The NRC staff is soliciting public comment on its proposed 
Interim Staff Guidance (ISG) DC/COL-ISG-018 (Agencywide Documents 
Access and Management System (ADAMS) Accession No. ML092290791). This 
ISG revises the guidance provided to the staff in Section 17.4, 
``Reliability Assurance Program'' of NUREG-0800,

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``Standard Review Plan for the Review of Safety Analysis Reports for 
Nuclear Power Plants,'' March 2007 (SRP). This ISG revises the review 
responsibilities and further clarifies the acceptance criteria and 
evaluation findings contained in SRP Section 17.4 in support of the NRC 
reviews of the design certification (DC) and combined license (COL) 
applications. The NRC staff issues DC/COL-ISGs to facilitate timely 
implementation of current staff guidance and to facilitate activities 
associated with review of applications for DCs and COLs by the Office 
of New Reactors. The NRC staff intends to incorporate the final 
approved DC/COL-ISG-018 into the next revision of NUREG-0800, SRP 
Section 17.4 and Regulatory Guide (RG) 1.206, ``Combined License 
Applications for Nuclear Power Plants (LWR Edition),'' June 2007.

DATES: Comments must be filed no later than 30 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: You may submit comments by any one of the following methods. 
Please include Docket ID: NRC-2009-0476 in the subject line of your 
comments. Comments submitted in writing or in electronic form will be 
posted on the NRC Web site and on the Federal rulemaking Web site at 
http://www.Regulations.gov. 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.
    Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.Regulations.gov and 
search for documents filed under Docket ID: NRC-2009-0476. Address 
questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher at 301-492-3668; e-mail 
at [email protected].
    Mail comments to: Michael T. Lesar, Chief, Rulemaking and 
Directives Branch (RDB), Division of Administrative Services, Office of 
Administration, Mail Stop: TWB-05-B01M, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory 
Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, or by fax to RDB at (301) 492-
    The NRC ADAMS 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 by telephone at 1-800-397-
4209, 301-415-4737, or by e-mail at [email protected].

Manager, PRA Licensing Operations Support and Maintenance Branch 2, 
Division of Safety Systems and Risk Assessment, Office of New Reactors, 
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001; 
telephone 301-415-6788 or e-mail at [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The agency posts its issued staff guidance 
in the agency external Web page (http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/isg/).
    The NRC staff is issuing this notice to solicit public comments on 
proposed DC/COL-ISG-018. After the NRC staff considers any public 
comments, it will make a determination regarding proposed DC/COL-ISG-

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 22nd day of October 2009.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
William F. Burton,
Branch Chief, Rulemaking and Guidance Development Branch, Division of 
New Reactor Licensing, Office of New Reactors.
[FR Doc. E9-26219 Filed 10-29-09; 8:45 am]