[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 147 (Monday, August 2, 2010)]
[Pages 45171-45172]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-18892]




Notice of Issuance of Regulatory Guide

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of Issuance and Availability of Regulatory Guide 3.13, 
Revision 1, ``Design, Construction, and Inspection of Embankment 
Retention Systems at Fuel Cycle Facilities.''


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Orr, Regulatory Guide Development 
Branch, Division of Engineering, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research, 
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, 
telephone (301) 251-7495 or e-mail [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 1 of Regulatory Guide 3.13, ``Design, Construction, and 
Inspection of Embankment Retention Systems at Fuel Cycle Facilities,'' 
was issued with a temporary identification as Draft Regulatory Guide, 
DG-3040. This guide describes some engineering practices and methods 
generally considered by the NRC to be satisfactory for the design, 
construction, and inspection of embankment retention systems used for 
retaining solid and liquid effluent from nuclear fuel cycle facility 
operations other than mining and milling. These practices and methods 
are the result of NRC review and action on a number of specific cases, 
and they reflect the latest general engineering approaches that are 
acceptable to the NRC staff. If future information results in 

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methods, the NRC staff will review such methods to determine their 
    The NRC recognizes the need for significant revision of this guide 
to address newer technology and environmental considerations. The NRC 
is revising this guidance to provide regulatory recommendations and 
positions that focus on more modern designs with perimeter embankments.

II. Further Information

    In February 2010, DG-3040 was published with a public comment 
period of 60 days from the issuance of the guide. No comments were 
received and the public comment period closed on April 30, 2010. 
Electronic copies of Regulatory Guide 3.13, Revision 1 are available 
through the NRC's public Web site under ``Regulatory Guides'' at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/and through the NRC's 
Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS) at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html under Accession No. ML101470167. The 
regulatory analysis may be found in ADAMS under Accession No. 
    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 23rd day of July, 2010.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Harriet Karagiannis,
Acting Chief, Regulatory Guide Development Branch, Division of 
Engineering, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research.
[FR Doc. 2010-18892 Filed 7-30-10; 8:45 am]