[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 59 (Monday, March 28, 2016)]
[Page 17208]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-06945]



[Project No. 753; NRC-2016-0063]

TS Inservice Testing Program Removal & Clarify SR Usage Rule 
Application to Section 5.5 Testing

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Technical specifications task force; issuance.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing 
Technical Specifications (TS) Task Force (TSTF) Traveler TSTF-545, 
Revision 3, ``TS Inservice Testing [(IST)] Program Removal & Clarify 
[Surveillance Requirement] SR Usage Rule Application to Section 5.5 
Testing,'' for plant-specific adoption using the Consolidated Line Item 
Improvement Process (CLIIP).

DATES: March 28, 2016.

ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2016-0063 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-2016-0063. 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 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 (if it available in 
ADAMS) is provided the first time that a document is referenced. 
Traveler, TSTF-545, Revision 3, includes a model application and is 
available in ADAMS under Accession No. ML15294A555. The final model 
safety evaluation (SE) for plant-specific adoption of TSTF-545, 
Revision 3, is available in ADAMS under Accession No. ML15314A305.
     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: Michelle C. Honcharik, telephone: 301-
415-1774; email: [email protected]. For technical questions 
please contact Caroline Tilton, telephone: 301-415-0990; email: 
[email protected]. Both are staff of the Office of Nuclear 
Reactor Regulation, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Traveler, TSTF-545, Revision 3, is 
applicable to all nuclear power plants. The proposed change revises the 
Standard TS (STS), NUREG-1430, ``Standard Technical Specifications 
Babcock and Wilcox Plants,'' NUREG-1431, ``Standard Technical 
Specifications Westinghouse Plants,'' NUREG-1432, ``Standard Technical 
Specifications Combustion Engineering Plants,'' NUREG-1433, ``Standard 
Technical Specifications General Electric Plants BWR/4,'' and NUREG-
1434, ``Standard Technical Specifications General Electric Plants, BWR/
6.'' This STS improvement is part of the CLIIP. NUREG-1430 through 
NUREG-1434, Volume 1, can be accessed in ADAMS under Accession Nos. 
ML12100A177, ML12100A222, ML12102A165, ML12104A192, and ML12104A195, 
respectively. NUREG-1430 through NUREG-1434, Volume 2, can be accessed 
in ADAMS under Accession Nos. ML12100A178, ML12100A228, ML12102A169, 
ML12104A193, and ML12104A196, respectively.
    Specifically, the proposed change modifies the STS to eliminate the 
Chapter 5.0, ``Administrative Controls,'' specification Section 5.5, 
``Inservice Testing Program,'' to remove requirements duplicated in 
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Code for Operation and 
Maintenance of Nuclear Power Plants (OM Code), Case OMN-20, ``Inservice 
Test Frequency.'' The ASME Code Case, OMN-20, provides similar 
definitions and allowances as in the current STS Inservice Testing 
Program. A new defined term, ``Inservice Testing Program (IST),'' is 
added to STS Section 1.1, ``Definitions.'' The STS Section 3.0, 
``Surveillance Requirement (SR) Applicability,'' Bases are revised to 
explain the application of the usage rules to the Section 5.5 testing 
requirements. Existing uses of the term ``Inservice Testing Program'' 
in the STS and STS Bases are capitalized to indicate that it is now a 
defined term.
    The NRC staff has reviewed the model application for TSTF-545, 
Revision 3, and has found it acceptable for use by licensees. Licensees 
opting to apply for this TS change are responsible for reviewing the 
NRC's staff SE and the applicable technical bases, providing any 
necessary plant-specific information, and assessing the completeness 
and accuracy of their license amendment request (LAR). The NRC will 
process each amendment application responding to the Notice of 
Availability according to applicable NRC rules and procedures.
    The proposed change does not prevent licensees from requesting an 
alternate approach or proposing changes other than those proposed in 
TSTF-545, Revision 3. However, significant deviations from the approach 
recommended in this notice or the inclusion of additional changes to 
the license will require additional NRC staff review. This may increase 
the time and resources needed for the review and/or result in NRC staff 
rejection of the LAR. Licensees desiring significant deviations or 
additional changes should instead submit an LAR that does not claim to 
adopt TSTF-545, Revision 3.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 18th day of March 2016.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Kevin Hsueh,
Chief, Licensing Processes Branch, Division of Policy and Rulemaking, 
Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.
[FR Doc. 2016-06945 Filed 3-25-16; 8:45 am]