[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 195 (Friday, October 8, 2010)]
[Pages 62436-62437]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-25405]




Notice of Issuance of Regulatory Guide

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of Issuance and Availability of Regulatory Guide 1.54, 
Revision 2, ``Service Level I, II, and III Protective Coatings Applied 
to Nuclear Power Plants.''


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bruce P. Lin, Division of Engineering, 
Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory 
Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, telephone (301) 251-7653 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 2 of Regulatory Guide 1.54, ``Service Level I, II, and III 
Protective Coatings Applied to Nuclear Power Plants,'' was issued with 
a temporary identification as Draft Regulatory Guide, DG-1242. The NRC 
maintenance rule, Title 10 Code of Federal Regulations Section 50.65 
(10 CFR 50.65), ``Requirements for Monitoring the Effectiveness of 
Maintenance at Nuclear Power Plants,'' includes in its scope safety-
related structures, systems, and components (SSCs) that are relied on 
to remain functional during and following design-basis events with 
respect to specified functions and nonsafety-related SSCs (1) That are 
relied on to mitigate accidents or transients or are used in plant 
emergency operating procedures, (2) whose failure could prevent safety-
related SSCs from fulfilling their safety-related functions, and (3) 
whose failure could cause a reactor scram or an actuation of a safety-
related system. To the extent that protective coatings meet these 
criteria, these coatings are within the scope of the maintenance rule. 
The maintenance rule requires the licensee to monitor the effectiveness 
of maintenance for protective coatings within its scope (as discrete 
systems or components or as part of any SSC) or to demonstrate that 
their performance or condition of these coatings is being effectively 
controlled through the performance of appropriate preventive 
maintenance, in accordance with 10 CFR 50.65(a)(1) or 10 CFR 
50.65(a)(2), as appropriate. Regulatory Guide (RG) 1.160, ``Monitoring 
the Effectiveness of Maintenance at Nuclear Power Plants,'' Revision 2, 
issued March 1997, provides further guidance.

II. Further Information

    In March 2010, DG-1242 was published with a public comment period 
of 60 days from the issuance of the guide. The public comment period 
closed on May 12, 2010. The staff's responses to the comments received 
are located in the NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management 
System (ADAMS) under Accession No. ML102230359. Electronic copies of 
Regulatory Guide 1.54, Revision 2 are available through the NRC's 
public Web site under ``Regulatory Guides'' at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/. The regulatory analysis may be found in 
ADAMS under Accession No. ML102230353.
    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.

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    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 1st day of October, 2010.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Harriet Karagiannis,
Acting Chief, Regulatory Guide Development Branch, Division of 
Engineering, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research.
[FR Doc. 2010-25405 Filed 10-7-10; 8:45 am]