[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 23 (Thursday, February 4, 2016)]
[Pages 6055-6056]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-02122]




LR-ISG-2015-01, Changes to Buried and Underground Piping and Tank 

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Interim staff guidance; issuance.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing the 
final License Renewal Interim Staff Guidance (LR-ISG), LR-ISG-2015-01, 
``Changes to Buried and Underground Piping and

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Tank Recommendations.'' This LR-ISG will replace NRC staff-recommended 
aging management program (AMP) XI.M41, ``Buried and Underground Piping 
and Tanks,'' and its associated Updated Final Safety Evaluation Report 
(UFSAR) Summary Description in LR-ISG-2011-03, ``Changes to the Generic 
Aging Lessons Learned (GALL) Report Revision 2 AMP XI.M41, `Buried and 
Underground Piping and Tanks'.'' These changes address new 
recommendations related to buried and underground piping and tanks 
within the scope of the NRC's regulations for the renewal of operating 
licenses for nuclear power plants.

ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2015-0159 when contacting the 
NRC about the availability of information regarding this document. You 
may obtain 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-2015-0159. Address 
questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone 301-415-3463; 
email: [email protected]. For technical questions, contact the 
individuals listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of 
this document.
     NRC's Agencywide Document 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 
final LR-ISG-2015-01 is available electronically in ADAMS under 
Accession No. ML15308A018.
     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.
     NRC's Interim Staff Guidance Web Site: LR-ISG documents 
are also available online under the ``License Renewal'' heading at 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Holston, telephone: 301-415-
8573; email: [email protected] or Brian Allik, telephone: 301-
415-1082; email: [email protected]. Both are staff of the Office of 
Nuclear Reactor Regulation, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 
Washington, DC 20555-0001.



    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, NUREG-1801, Rev. 2 (Dec. 2010), and 
the Standard Review Plan for Review of License Renewal Applications for 
Nuclear Power Plants (SRP-LR), NUREG-1800, Rev. 2 (Dec. 2010), which 
are available under ADAMS Accession Nos. ML103490041 and ML103490036, 
respectively. 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-
ISGs 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 LR-ISG-2015-01 to address new 
recommendations related to buried and underground piping and tanks 
within the scope of part 54 of title 10 of the Code of Federal 
Regulations (10 CFR), ``Requirements for Renewal of Operating Licenses 
for Nuclear Power Plants.''
    On June 29, 2015, (80 FR 37028) the NRC requested public comments 
on draft LR-ISG-2015-01 (ADAMS Accession No. ML15125A377).
    The NRC received comments from the Nuclear Energy Institute by 
letter dated August 6, 2015, (ADAMS Accession No. ML15225A076), Hank 
Kleinfelder by letter dated August 6, 2015, (ADAMS Accession No. 
ML15225A077), Anonymous by letter dated August 7, 2015, (ADAMS 
Accession No. ML15225A078), Kevin Anstee for Entergy--River Bend 
Station by letter dated August 10, 2015, (ADAMS Accession No. 
ML15244A392), and Steven Daily by letter dated August 10, 2015, (ADAMS 
Accession No. ML15244A391). No other comments were submitted. The NRC 
considered these comments in developing the final LR-ISG. Detailed 
responses to the comments can be found in Appendix D of the final LR-
    The final LR-ISG-2015-01 is approved for NRC staff and stakeholder 
use and will be incorporated into the NRC's next formal license renewal 
guidance document revision.

Congressional Review Act

    This ISG is a rule as defined in the Congressional Review Act (5 
U.S.C. 801-808). However, the Office of Management and Budget has not 
found it to be a major rule as defined in the Congressional Review Act.

Backfitting and Issue Finality

    Issuance of this final LR-ISG does not constitute backfitting as 
defined in 10 CFR 50.109 (the Backfit Rule) and is not otherwise 
inconsistent with the issue finality provisions in 10 CFR part 52, 
``Licenses, Certifications, and Approvals for Nuclear Power Plants.'' 
As discussed in the ``Backfitting and Issue Finality'' section of the 
final LR-ISG-2015-01, the LR-ISG is directed to holders of operating 
licenses or combined licenses who are currently in the license renewal 
process. The LR-ISG is not directed to holders of operating licenses or 
combined licenses until they apply for license renewal. The LR-ISG is 
also not directed to licensees who already hold renewed operating or 
combined licenses. However, the NRC could also use the LR-ISG in 
evaluating voluntary, licensee-initiated changes to previously approved 
aging management programs.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 29th day of January, 2016.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Jane E. Marshall,
 Deputy Director, Division of License Renewal, Office of Nuclear 
Reactor Regulation.
[FR Doc. 2016-02122 Filed 2-3-16; 8:45 am]