[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 228 (Tuesday, November 27, 2012)]
[Pages 70847-70848]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-28718]



[Docket No. 50-247; NRC-2012-0284]

Entergy Nuclear Indian Point 2, LLC; Entergy Nuclear Operations, 
Inc., Indian Point Nuclear Generating Unit No. 2, Request for Action

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Request for Action; receipt.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or the Commission) 
is giving notice that by petition dated April 16, 2012; the Natural 
Resources Defense Council, Inc. (the petitioner) has requested that the 
NRC take action with regard to Indian Point Nuclear Generating Unit No. 
2. The petitioner's requests are included in the SUPPLEMENTARY 
INFORMATION section of this document.

ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2012-0284 when contacting the 
NRC about the availability of information regarding this document. You 
may access information related to this document, which the NRC 
possesses and is publicly available, using the following methods:
     Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2012-0284. Address 
questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301-492-
3668; email: [email protected].

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    On April 16, 2012, the petitioner requested that the NRC take 
action with regard to Indian Point Nuclear Generating Unit No. 2. The 
petitioner requests that the NRC order the licensee of Indian Point 
Nuclear Generating Unit No. 2 to remove the passive autocatalytic 
recombiners (PARs) because the PAR system could have unintended 
ignitions in the event of a severe accident, which, in turn, could 
cause a hydrogen detonation. As the basis for this request, the 
petitioner references experimental data where PARs malfunction in 
environments containing high concentrations of combustible gases by 
having ignitions. The petitioner asserts that the PARs could be 
overwhelmed by the production of hydrogen following a severe reactor 
accident and a resulting ignition could lead to a detonation that 
challenges the structural integrity of the containment structure.
    The request is being treated pursuant to Title 10 of the Code of 
Federal Regulations (10 CFR) 2.206, ``Requests for Action Under this 
Subpart,'' of the Commission's regulations. The request has been 
referred to the Director of the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation 
(NRR). As provided by 10 CFR 2.206, appropriate action will be taken on 
this petition within a reasonable time. The petitioner met with the NRR 
petition review board on June 14 (transcript at ADAMS Accession No. 
ML12300A412) and September 12, 2012 (transcript at ADAMS Accession No. 
ML12300A428), to discuss the petition. The results of that discussion 
were considered in the board's determination regarding the petitioner's 
request for action and in establishing the schedule for the review of 
the petition. A copy of the petition is available for inspection under 
ADAMS Accession No. ML12108A052.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 16th day of November 2012.
    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Eric J. Leeds,
Director, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.
[FR Doc. 2012-28718 Filed 11-26-12; 8:45 am]