[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 210 (Monday, November 2, 2009)]
[Page 56673]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-26278]




Notice of Issuance of Regulatory Guide

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of issuance and availability of Regulatory Guide 1.189, 
Revision 2.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: R.A. Jervey, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory 
Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, telephone (301) 251-7404 or e-
mail to [email protected].


I. Introduction

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing a revision 
to an existing guide in the agency's ``Regulatory Guide'' series. This 
series was developed to describe and make available to the public 
information such as methods that are acceptable to the NRC staff for 
implementing specific parts of the agency'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.
    Revision 2 of Regulatory Guide 1.189, ``Fire Protection for Nuclear 
Power Plants,'' was issued with a temporary identification as Draft 
Regulatory Guide, DG-1214. The NRC staff developed this regulatory 
guide to provide a comprehensive fire protection guidance document and 
to identify the scope and depth of fire protection program (FPP) that 
the staff would consider acceptable for nuclear power plants. This 
revision incorporates guidance developed to address and close 
previously unresolved issues including spurious actuation of components 
as a result of fire affecting electrical circuits.
    The regulatory framework that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory 
Commission (NRC) has established for nuclear plant FPPs consists of a 
number of regulations and supporting guidelines, including, but not 
limited to, Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 50, 
``Domestic Licensing of Production and Utilization Facilities,'' (10 
CFR part 50), Appendix A, ``General Design Criteria for Nuclear Power 
Plants,'' General Design Criterion (GDC) 3, ``Fire Protection''; 10 CFR 
50.48, ``Fire Protection''; Appendix R, ``Fire Protection Program for 
Nuclear Power Facilities Operating Prior to January 1, 1979,'' to 10 
CFR part 50; regulatory guides; generic communications (e.g., generic 
letters [GLs], regulatory issue summaries [RISs], bulletins, and 
information notices [INs]); NUREG-series reports, including NUREG-0800, 
``Standard Review Plan [SRP] for the Review of Safety Analysis Reports 
for Nuclear Power Plants''; and industry standards. Not all fire 
protection regulations promulgated by the NRC apply to all plants. 
Regulatory guides do not always refer to regulations as requirements. 
Licensees should refer to their plant-specific licensing bases to 
determine the applicability of a specific regulation to a specific 

II. Further Information

    In April 2009, DG-1214 was published with a public comment period 
of 60 days from the issuance of the guide. The public comment period 
closed on May 29, 2009. The staff's responses to the public comments 
are located in NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System 
under accession number ML092580570. The regulatory analysis included 
within DG-1214 is valid and applicable to the issue of this revision. 
Electronic copies of Regulatory Guide 1.189, Revision 2 are available 
through the NRC's public Web site under ``Regulatory Guides'' at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/.
    In addition, regulatory guides are available for inspection at the 
NRC's Public Document Room (PDR) located at Room O-1F21, One White 
Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852-2738. 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) 397-4209, 
by fax at (301) 415-3548, and by e-mail to [email protected].
    Regulatory guides are not copyrighted, and NRC approval is not 
required to reproduce them.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 26th day of October, 2009.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
John N. Ridgely,
Acting Chief, Regulatory Guide Development Branch, Division of 
Engineering, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research.
[FR Doc. E9-26278 Filed 10-30-09; 8:45 am]