[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 130 (Thursday, July 8, 2010)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-16630]

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[Docket No. 50-338; NRC-2010-0246]

Virginia Electric and Power Company: North Anna Power Station, 
Unit No. 1 Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant 

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering 
issuance of an Exemption from Title 10 of the Code of Federal 
Regulations (10 CFR), Part 50, Appendix R, Section III.O, ``Oil 
collection system for reactor coolant pump,'' for Facility Operating 
License No. NPF-4, issued to Virginia Electric and Power Company (the 
licensee), for operation of the North Anna Power Station, Unit 1 (NAPS 
Unit 1), located in Louisa County, Virginia. Therefore, as required by 
10 CFR 51.21, the NRC prepared an environmental assessment. Based on 
the results of the environmental assessment, the NRC is issuing a 
finding of no significant impact.

Environmental Assessment

Identification of the Proposed Action

    The proposed action would exempt NAPS Unit 1 from the requirement 
that the reactor coolant pumps (RCPs) be equipped with an oil 
collection system (OCS) if the containment is not inerted during normal 
operation and such collection systems shall be capable of collecting 
lube oil from all potential pressurized and unpressurized leakage sites 
in the RCP lube oil systems. Specifically, NAPS Unit 1 would be granted 
an exemption from the collection of minor oil misting by the OCS.
    The proposed action is in accordance with the licensee's 
application dated April 23, 2010, as supplemented by letter dated May 
13, 2010.

The Need for the Proposed Action

    The proposed action is needed to address expected minor uncollected 
oil misting from RCP motors and not allow oil pooling to occur outside 
the OCS.

Environmental Impacts of the Proposed Action

    The NRC has completed its evaluation of the proposed action and 
concluded that the proposed action (i.e. to exempt NAPS Unit 1 from 
expected minor uncollected oil misting from RCP motors and to not allow 
oil pooling to occur outside the OCS) would not significantly affect 
plant safety and would not have a significant adverse effect on the 
probability of an accident occurring.
    The proposed action will not significantly increase the probability 
or consequence of accidents. No changes are being made in the types of 
effluents that may be released offsite. There is no significant 
increase in the amount of any effluent released offsite. There is no 
significant increase in occupational or public radiation exposure. 
Therefore, there are no significant radiological environmental impacts 
associated with this proposed action.
    Based on the nature of the exemption, the proposed action does not 
result in changes to land use or water use, or result in changes to the 
quality or quantity of non-radiological effluents. No changes to the 
National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit are needed. No 
effects on the aquatic or terrestrial habitat in the vicinity of the 
plant, or to threatened, endangered, or protected species under the 
Endangered Species Act, or impacts to essential fish habitat covered by 
the Magnuson-Stevens Act are expected. There are no impacts to the air 
or ambient air quality. There are no impacts to historic and cultural 
resources. There would be no noticeable effect on socioeconomic 
conditions in the region. Therefore, no changes or different types of 
non-radiological environmental impacts are expected as a result of the 
proposed action.
    Accordingly, the NRC concludes that there are no significant 
environmental impacts associated with the proposed action:

Environmental Impacts of the Alternatives to the Proposed Action

    As an alternative to the proposed action, the NRC staff considered 
denial of the proposed action (i.e., the ``no-action'' alternative). 
Denial of the application would result in no change in current 
environmental impacts. The environmental impacts of the proposed action 
and the ``no action'' alternative are similar.

Alternative Use of Resources

    The action does not involve the use of any different resources than 
those previously considered in the ``Final Environmental Statement 
Related to the Continuation of Construction and the Operation of NAPS 
Units 1 and 2, and the Construction of Units 3 and 4,'' issued in 1973, 
as supplemented through the ``Generic Environmental Impact Statement 
for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants: Supplement 7 Regarding NAPS 
Units 1 and 2--Final Report (NUREG-1437, Supplement 7),'' dated 
November 2002.

Agencies and Persons Consulted

    In accordance with its stated policy, on June 7, 2010, the NRC 
staff consulted with the Virginia State official, Mr. Les Foldesi, 
Director, Division of Radiological Health of the Virginia Department of 
Health, regarding the environmental impact of the proposed action. The 
State official had no comments.

Finding of No Significant Impact

    On the basis of the environmental assessment, the NRC concludes 
that the proposed action will not have a significant effect on the 
quality of the human environment. Accordingly, the NRC has determined 
not to prepare an environmental impact statement for the proposed 
    For further details with respect to the proposed action, see the 
licensee's letter dated April 23, 2010, as supplemented by letter dated 
May 13, 2010. Documents may be examined, and/or copied for a fee, at 
the NRC's Public Document Room (PDR), located at One White Flint North, 
Public File Area O-1F21, 11555 Rockville Pike (first floor), Rockville, 
Maryland. Publicly available records will be accessible electronically 
from the Agencywide Document Access and Management System (ADAMS) 
Public Electronic Reading Room on the Internet at the NRC Web site: 
    Persons who do not have access to ADAMS or who encounter problems 
in accessing the documents located in ADAMS should contact the NRC PDR 
Reference staff by telephone at 1-800-397-4209 or 301-415-4737, or send 
an e-mail to [email protected].

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 30th day of June 2010.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
 V. Sreenivas,
Project Manager, Plant Licensing Branch II-1, Division of Operating 
Reactor Licensing, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.
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