[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 113 (Monday, June 14, 2010)]
[Page 33653]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-14208]



[Docket No. 52-042; NRC-2010-0165]

Exelon Nuclear Texas Holdings, LLC (Exelon) Acceptance for 
Docketing of an Application for an Early Site Permit for the Victoria 
County Station Site

    On March 25, 2010, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC, the 
Commission) received an application from Exelon Nuclear Texas Holdings 
LLC (Exelon), dated March 25, 2010, filed pursuant to Section 103 of 
the Atomic Energy Act and 10 CFR Part 52, for an early site permit 
(ESP) for a location approximately 13.3 miles south of the city of 
Victoria, Texas, identified as the Victoria County Station ESP site. A 
notice of receipt and availability of this application was previously 
published in the Federal Register (75 FR 22434: April 28, 2010). The 
applicant supplemented the application by letters dated May 4, May 6, 
May 13, and May 20, 2010.
    An applicant may seek an ESP in accordance with Subpart A of 10 CFR 
Part 52 separate from the filing of an application for a construction 
permit (CP) or combined license (COL) for a nuclear power facility. The 
ESP process allows resolution of issues relating to siting. At any time 
during the duration of an ESP (up to 20 years), the permit holder may 
reference the permit in a CP or COL application.
    The NRC staff has determined that Exelon has submitted information 
in accordance with 10 CFR Parts 2 and 52 that is sufficiently complete 
and acceptable for docketing. The Docket Number established for this 
application is 52-042. The NRC staff will perform a detailed technical 
review of the application, and docketing of the ESP application does 
not preclude the NRC from requesting additional information from the 
applicant as the review proceeds, nor does it predict whether the 
Commission will grant or deny the application. The Commission will 
conduct a hearing in accordance with 10 CFR 52.21 and will receive a 
report on the application from the Advisory Committee on Reactor 
Safeguards in accordance with 10 CFR 52.23. If the Commission then 
finds that the application meets the applicable standards of the Atomic 
Energy Act and the Commission's regulations, and that required 
notifications to other agencies and bodies have been made, the 
Commission will issue an ESP, in the form and containing conditions and 
limitations that the Commission finds appropriate and necessary.
    In accordance with 10 CFR Part 51, the Commission will also prepare 
an environmental impact statement for the proposed action. Pursuant to 
10 CFR 51.26, and as part of the environmental scoping process, the 
staff intends to hold a public scoping meeting. Detailed information 
regarding this meeting will be included in a future Federal Register 
    Finally, the Commission will announce, in a future Federal Register 
notice, the opportunity to petition for leave to intervene in the 
hearing required for this application by 10 CFR 52.21.
    A copy of the Exelon ESP application is available for public 
inspection at the Commission's Public Document Room located at One 
White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike (first floor), Rockville, 
Maryland, and at the Victoria County Library in Victoria, Texas. It is 
also accessible electronically from the Agency wide Documents Access 
and Management System (ADAMS) Public Electronic Reading Room on the 
Internet at the NRC Web site, http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html 
(ADAMS Accession No. ML101110201).
    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 staff by telephone at 1-800-397-4209, 301-415-4737 
or by e-mail to [email protected].

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 7th day of June 2010.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
David B. Matthews,
Director, Division of New Reactor Licensing, Office of New Reactors.
[FR Doc. 2010-14208 Filed 6-11-10; 8:45 am]