[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 250 (Monday, December 31, 2012)]
[Pages 77117-77118]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-31419]




Proposed Revision 0 on Access Authorization--Operational Program

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Standard review plan-draft section revision: request for 


SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or the Commission) 
is soliciting public comment on NUREG-0800, ``Standard Review Plan for 
the Review of Safety Analysis Reports for Nuclear Power Plants'' LWR 
Edition: Section 13.6.4, ``Access Authorization--Operational Program.'' 
The NRC seeks comments on the new Section 13.6.4 of the Standard Review 
Plan (SRP) concerning implementation of an access authorization program 
through revisions to the nuclear power reactor licensee Commission-
approved Physical Security Plan under of Title 10 of the Code of 
Federal Regulations (10 CFR) 73.55, ``Requirements for Physical 
Protection of Licensed Activities in Nuclear Power Reactors against 
Radiological Sabotage,'' Section (b)(7), that integrates the 
performance requirements contained within 10 CFR 73.56, ``Personnel 
Access Authorization Requirements for Nuclear Power Plants,'' and the 
criminal history checks of 10 CFR 73.57, ``Requirements for Criminal 
History Checks of Individuals Granted Unescorted Access to a Nuclear 
Power Facility or Access to Safeguards Information by Power Reactor 
Licensees.'' The current SRP does not contain guidance on the review of 
an applicant's proposed access authorization program.

DATES: Comments must be filed no later than 30 days from the date of 
publication of this notice in the Federal Register. Comments received 
after this date will be considered, if it is practical to do so, but 
the Commission 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, which the NRC possesses and is publicly available, by 
searching on http://www.regulations.gov under Docket ID NRC-2012-0314. 
You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
     Federal rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2012-0314. 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: Amy E. Cubbage, Division of Advanced 
Reactors and Rulemaking, Office of New Reactors, U.S. Nuclear 
Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, telephone: 301-415-
2875, email: [email protected].


I. Accessing Information and Submitting Comments

A. Accessing Information

    Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2012-0314 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 are publicly available, by any of the following methods:
     Federal Rulemaking Web Site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2012-0314.
     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-

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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 ADAMS Accession number for the proposed 
revision of SRP 13.6.4 on ``Access Authorization--Operational 
Program,'' is available in ADAMS under Accession No. ML12125A098.
     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-2012-0314 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 enters the comment submissions into 
ADAMS. The NRC does not routinely 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 does not routinely edit comment submissions to 
remove such information before making the comment submissions available 
to the public or entering the comment submissions into ADAMS.

II Further Information

    The NRC seeks public comment on a proposed a new section of the SRP 
Section 13.6.4, ``Access Authorization--Operational Program,'' (ADAMS 
Accession No. ML12125A098). This section has been developed to assist 
NRC staff with the review of applications for certain construction 
permits, early site permits, licenses, license amendments, and combined 
licenses and to inform new reactor applicants and other affected 
entities of proposed SRP guidance regarding an acceptable method by 
which to evaluate a proposed access authorization program for 
compliance with 10 CFR Part 26, 10 CFR 73.56 and 73.57. Following NRC 
staff evaluation of public comments, the NRC intends to incorporate the 
final approved guidance into the next revision of NUREG-0800. The SRP 
is guidance for the NRC staff. The SRP is not a substitute for the NRC 
regulations, and compliance with the SRP is not required. Accordingly, 
issuance of the SRP does not constitute ``backfitting'' as defined in 
10 CFR 50.109(a)(1) of the Backfit Rule and is not otherwise 
inconsistent with the applicable issue finality provisions in 10 CFR 
Part 52.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 21st day of December 2012.
Amy E. Cubbage,
Chief, Policy Branch, Division of Advanced Reactors and Rulemaking, 
Office of New Reactor.
[FR Doc. 2012-31419 Filed 12-28-12; 8:45 am]