[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 111 (Tuesday, June 10, 2014)]
[Page 33220]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-13515]




Reliability Assurance Program

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Interim staff guidance; withdrawal.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is announcing the 
withdrawal of Design Certification (DC) and Combined License (COL) 
Interim Staff Guidance (ISG) No. 18 (DC/COL-ISG-018), Revision 0, 
``Interim Staff Guidance on Standard Review Plan, Section 17.4, 
`Reliability Assurance Program.' ''

DATES: The effective date of withdrawal of this ISG is July 10, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2009-0476 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 for Docket ID NRC-2009-0476. 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. DC/COL-ISG-018, Revision 0 is available 
electronically under ADAMS Accession No. ML103010113.
     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: Jonathan DeGange, telephone: 301-415-
6992; email: [email protected], Office of New Reactors, U.S. 
Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001.


I. Background

    DC/COL-ISG-018 was issued in October 2009 to provide clarification 
and guidance on the application of Section 17.4, ``Reliability 
Assurance Program,'' of NUREG-0800, ``Standard Review Plan for the 
Review of Safety Analysis Reports for Nuclear Power Plants.'' The staff 
issued DC/COL-ISG-018 to provide clear guidance for performing safety 
reviews of the Reliability Assurance Program (RAP). DC/COL-ISG-018 
clarified the acceptance criteria and evaluation findings contained in 
Standard Review Plan (SRP) Section 17.4 in support of the NRC reviews 
of the DC and COL applications. The ISG also made changes to the roles 
and responsibilities of individual branches in the Office of New 
Reactors that review the RAP.

II. Discussion

    The staff published a notice of solicitation for public comment on 
DC/COL-ISG-018 on October 30, 2009 (74 FR 56243). The staff considered 
comments received and then issued the final guidance on March 28, 2011 
(76 FR 17159). The staff has since updated SRP Section 17.4 and issued 
the revised section for use and comment on June 11, 2013 (78 FR 35072). 
At this time the staff plans to finalize this guidance in June 2014. As 
anticipated in DC/COLISG-018, this guidance has been incorporated in 
SRP Section 17.4 and the NRC staff is withdrawing DC/COL-ISG-018.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 30th day of May 2014.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Joseph Colaccino,
 Branch Chief, Policy Branch, Division of Advanced Reactors and 
Rulemaking, Office of New Reactors.
[FR Doc. 2014-13515 Filed 6-9-14; 8:45 am]