[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 90 (Friday, May 9, 2014)]
[Pages 26783-26784]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-10716]



[Docket No. 52-0010; NRC-2010-0135]
RIN 3150-AI85

ESBWR Design Certification

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: NUREG; issuance.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing NUREG-
1966, ``Final Safety Evaluation Report Related to the Certification of 
the Economic Simplified Boiling-Water Reactor Standard Design.'' On 
August 24, 2005, General Electric-Hitachi Nuclear Energy tendered its 
application for certification of the economic simplified boiling-water 
reactor (ESBWR) standard nuclear reactor design to the NRC. The 
application included the ESBWR design control document (DCD) and the 
ESBWR probabilistic risk assessment (PRA). On March 24, 2011, the NRC 
published the proposed rule in the Federal Register.

ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC 2010-0135 when contacting the 
NRC about the availability of information regarding this document. You 
may access publicly-available information related to this document 
using any of the following methods:
     Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search

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for Docket ID NRC 2010-0135. Address questions about NRC dockets to 
Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301-287-3422; email: 
[email protected]. For technical questions, contact the 
individual listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of 
this document.
     NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management 
System (ADAMS): You may obtain publicly available documents online in 
the ADAMS Public Documents collection 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 
ADAMS accession number for each document referenced in this document 
(if that document is available in ADAMS) is provided the first time 
that a document is referenced.
     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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Misenhimer, Office of New 
Reactors, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-
0001; telephone: 301-415-6590, email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On August 24, 2005, General Electric-Hitachi 
Nuclear Energy tendered its application for certification of the ESBWR 
standard nuclear reactor design to the NRC. The applicant submitted 
this application in accordance with Part 52 of Title 10 of the Code of 
Federal Regulations, ``Licenses, Certifications, and Approvals for 
Nuclear Power Plants,'' Subpart B, ``Standard Design Certifications.'' 
The application included the ESBWR DCD and the ESBWR PRA.
    On March 9, 2011, the staff issued the final safety evaluation 
report (ADAMS Accession Number ML103470210) and final design approval 
(ADAMS Accession Number ML110540310) for the ESBWR standard design. On 
March 24, 2011, the NRC published the proposed rule in the Federal 
Register (76 FR 16549). In late 2011, while the NRC staff was preparing 
the final rule, issues were identified with the ESBWR steam dryer, a 
non-safety related component. These issues called into question certain 
conclusions in the staff's safety review. Publication of NUREG-1966 was 
delayed while the steam dryer design methodology was under review. The 
NRC issued requests for additional information (RAIs). Resolution of 
these issues required additional analyses by the applicant and review 
by the NRC staff in order for the NRC staff to conclude the design is 
acceptable for certification. Responses to all RAIs were received in 
December 2013. An Advanced Supplemental FSER was issued to the ACRS on 
February 12, 2014 which became publicly available on April 17, 2014 
(ADAMS Accession No. ML14043A134). The supplemental final safety 
evaluation report includes the NRC staff's safety review of the steam 
dryer issues. This notice announces the final safety evaluation report 
was published as NUREG-1966 in April 2014 (ADAMS Accession No. 

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 1st day of May 2014.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Ronaldo Jenkins,
Chief, Licensing Branch 3, Division of New Reactor Licensing, Office of 
New Reactor.
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