[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 156 (Friday, August 12, 2011)]
[Pages 50274-50275]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-20511]




Terrestrial Environmental Studies for Nuclear Power Stations

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Draft regulatory guide; request for comment.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or the Commission) 
is issuing for public comment draft regulatory guide (DG), DG-4016, 
``Terrestrial Environmental Studies for Nuclear Power Stations.'' This 
guide provides technical guidance that the NRC staff considers 
acceptable for terrestrial environmental studies and analyses 
supporting licensing decisions for nuclear power reactors.

DATES: Submit comments by October 11, 2011. Comments received after 
this date will be considered if it is practical to do so, but the NRC 
is able to ensure consideration only for comments received on or before 
this date. Although a time limit is given, comments and suggestions in 
connection with items for inclusion in guides currently being developed 
or improvements in all published guides are encouraged at any time.

ADDRESSES: Please include Docket ID NRC-2011-0182 in the subject line 
of your comments. Comments submitted in writing or in electronic form 
will be posted on the NRC Web site and on the Federal rulemaking Web 
site, http://www.regulations.gov. Because your comments will not be 
edited to remove any identifying or contact information, the NRC 
cautions you against including any information in your submission that 
you do not want to be publicly disclosed.
    The NRC requests that any party soliciting or aggregating comments 
received from other persons for submission to the NRC inform those 
persons that the NRC will not edit their comments to remove any 
identifying or contact information, and therefore, they should not 
include any information in their comments that they do not want 
publicly disclosed. You may submit comments by any one of the following 
     Federal Rulemaking Web Site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for documents filed under Docket ID NRC-
2011-0182. Address questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher, 
telephone: 301-492-3668; e-mail: [email protected].
     Mail comments to: Cindy Bladey, Chief, Rules, 
Announcements, and Directives Branch (RADB), Office of Administration, 
Mail Stop: TWB-05-B01M, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, 
DC 20555-0001.
     Fax comments to: RADB at 301-492-3446.
    You can access publicly available documents related to this 
regulatory guide using the following methods:
     NRC's Public Document Room (PDR): The public may examine 
and have copied, for a fee, publicly available documents at the NRC's 
PDR, O1-F21, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, 
Maryland 20852.
     NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System 
(ADAMS): Publicly available documents created or received at the NRC 
are available online in the NRC Library at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. From this page, the public can gain entry into ADAMS, 
which provides text and image files of the NRC's public documents. If 
you do not have access to ADAMS or if there are

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problems in accessing the documents located in ADAMS, contact the NRC's 
PDR reference staff at 1-800-397-4209, 301-415-4737, or by e-mail to 
[email protected]. The regulatory analysis is available 
electronically under ADAMS Accession Number ML110130046.
     Federal Rulemaking Web Site: Public comments and 
supporting materials related to this regulatory guide can be found at 
http://www.regulations.gov by searching on Docket ID NRC-2011-0182.
    Electronic copies of DG-4016 are available through the NRC's public 
Web site under Draft Regulatory Guides in the ``Regulatory Guides'' 
collection of the NRC's Library at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/. Regulatory guides are not copyrighted, and Commission 
approval is not required to reproduce them.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peyton Doub, U. S. Nuclear Regulatory 
Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, telephone: 301-415-6703, e-mail 
to [email protected].


I. Introduction

    The NRC is issuing for public comment a draft guide in the agency's 
``Regulatory Guide'' series. This series was developed to describe and 
make available to the public such information as methods that are 
acceptable to the NRC staff for implementing specific parts of the 
NRC'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.
    This guide focuses on terrestrial analyses for licensing new 
nuclear power stations under the combined licensing process in Title 10 
of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR) part 52, ``Licenses, 
Certifications, and Approvals for Nuclear Power Plants'' and power 
reactors under 10 CFR part 50, ``Domestic Licensing of Production and 
Utilization Facilities.'' This guide is also useful in identifying the 
more limited studies and analyses needed for nuclear reactor operating 
license renewal under 10 CFR Part 54, ``Requirements for Renewal of 
Operating Licenses for Nuclear Power Plants,'' and portions may also be 
relevant to nuclear reactor decommissioning.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 5th day of August, 2011.
    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Edward O'Donnell,
Acting Chief, Regulatory Guide Development Branch, Division of 
Engineering, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research.
[FR Doc. 2011-20511 Filed 8-11-11; 8:45 am]