[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 47 (Friday, March 9, 2012)]
[Pages 14446-14447]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-5743]




Changes to the Generic Aging Lessons Learned (GALL) Report 
Revision 2 AMP XI.M41, ``Buried and Underground Piping and Tanks''

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Draft interim staff guidance; request for public comment.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) requests public 
comment on Draft License Renewal Interim Staff Guidance (LR-ISG), LR-
ISG-2011-03, ``Changes to GALL Report Revision 2 Aging Management 
Program (AMP) XI.M41, `Buried and Underground Piping and Tanks'.'' This 
LR-ISG provides changes to the recommendations in GALL Report Revision 
2 AMP XI.M41 based on the staff's review of several license renewal 
applications' buried and underground piping and tanks aging management 
programs and stakeholder input. The draft LR-ISG proposes to revise an 
NRC staff-recommended aging management program in NUREG-1801, Revision 
2, ``Generic Aging Lessons Learned (GALL) Report,'' and the NRC staff's 
aging management review procedure and acceptance criteria contained in 
NUREG-1800, Revision 2, ``Standard Review Plan for Review of License 
Renewal Applications for Nuclear Power Plants'' (SRP-LR).

DATES: Submit comments by April 9, 2012. Comments received after this 
date will be considered, if it is practical to do so, but the NRC staff 
is able to ensure consideration only for comments received on or before 
this date.

ADDRESSES: You may access information and comment submissions related 
to this document by searching on http://www.regulations.gov under 
Docket ID NRC-2012-0055. You may submit comments by the following 
     Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2012-0055. Address 
questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301-492-
3668; email: [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.
    For additional direction on accessing information and submitting 
comments, see ``Accessing Information and Submitting Comments'' in the 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. William Holston, Office of Nuclear 
Reactor Regulation, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 
20555-0001; telephone: 301-415-8573; email: [email protected].


I. Accessing Information and Submitting Comments

A. Accessing Information

    Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2012-0055 when contacting the NRC 
about the availability of information regarding this document. You may 
access information related to this document by the following methods:
     Federal Rulemaking Web Site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2012-0055.
     NRC's Interim Staff Guidance Web Site: The LR-ISG 
documents are also available online under the ``License Renewal'' 
heading at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/#int.
     NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System 
(ADAMS): You may access publicly-available documents online in the NRC 
Library at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. To begin the 
search, select ``ADAMS Public Documents'' and then select ``Begin Web-
based ADAMS Search.'' For problems with ADAMS, please contact the NRC's 
Public Document Room (PDR) reference staff at 1-800-397-4209, 301-415-
4737, or by email to [email protected]. The draft LR-ISG-2011-03 is 
available electronically under ADAMS Accession No. ML11244A058. The 
GALL Report and SRP-LR are available under ADAMS Accession Nos. 
ML103490041 and ML103490036, respectively.
     NRC's PDR: You may examine and purchase copies of public 
documents at the NRC's PDR, Room O1-F21, One White Flint North, 11555 
Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852.

B. Submitting Comments

    Please include Docket ID NRC-2012-0055 in the subject line of your 
comment submission, in order to ensure that the NRC is able to make 
your comment submission available to the public in this docket.
    The NRC cautions you not to include identifying or contact 
information in comment submissions that you do not want to be publicly 
disclosed. The NRC posts all comment submissions at http://www.regulations.gov as well as entering the comment submissions into 
ADAMS, and the NRC does not edit comment submissions to remove 
identifying or contact information.
    If you are requesting or aggregating comments from other persons 
for submission to the NRC, then you should inform those persons not to 
include identifying or contact information in their comment submissions 
that they do not want to be publicly disclosed. Your request should 
state that the NRC will

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not edit comment submissions to remove such information before making 
the comment submissions available to the public or entering the comment 
submissions into ADAMS.

II. Background

    The NRC issues LR-ISGs to communicate insights and lessons learned 
and to address emergent issues not covered in license renewal guidance 
documents, such as the GALL Report and SRP-LR. In this way, the NRC 
staff and stakeholders may use the guidance in an LR-ISG document 
before it is incorporated into a formal license renewal guidance 
document revision. The NRC staff issues LR-ISG in accordance with the 
LR-ISG Process, Revision 2 (ADAMS Accession No. ML100920158), for which 
a notice of availability was published in the Federal Register on June 
22, 2010 (75 FR 35510).
    The NRC staff has developed draft LR-ISG-2011-03 to (a) include 
inspection recommendations for plants that will not have a cathodic 
protection system in the period of extended operation, (b) remove the 
recommendation to volumetrically inspect underground piping to detect 
internal corrosion, (c) base further increased inspection sample sizes 
on an analysis of extent of cause and extent of condition when adverse 
conditions are detected in the initial and subsequent doubled sample 
size rather than continuing to double the sample size, (d) add a 
recommendation that where damage to the coating is significant and the 
damage was caused by non-conforming backfill, an extent of condition 
evaluation should be conducted to ensure that the as-left condition of 
backfill in the vicinity of observed damage will not lead to further 
degradation, (e) add specific acceptance criteria for cathodic 
protection surveys, (f) add the specific preventive and mitigative 
actions utilized by the AMP in the FSAR Supplement description of the 
program as contained in the SRP-LR, and (g) make miscellaneous and 
editorial changes.

Proposed Action

    By this action, the NRC is requesting public comments on draft LR-
ISG-2011-03. This LR-ISG proposes certain revisions to NRC guidance on 
implementation of the requirements in 10 CFR Part 54. The NRC staff 
will make a final determination regarding issuance of the LR-ISG after 
it considers any public comments received in response to this request.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 1st day of March 2012.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Melanie A. Galloway,
Acting Director, Division of License Renewal, Office of Nuclear Reactor 
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