[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 62 (Thursday, March 31, 2016)]
[Page 18649]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-06940]




In the Matter of All Operating Reactor Licensees

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Request for action; receipt.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is giving notice 
that by petition dated February 19, 2016, Roy Mathew, Sheila Ray, 
Swagata Som, Gurcharan Singh Matharu, Tania Martinez Navedo, Thomas 
Koshy, and Kenneth Miller (the petitioners) have requested that the NRC 
take action with regard to all current operating nuclear power plants. 
The petitioners' requests are included in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION 
section of this document.

ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2016-0061 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-2016-0061. Address 
questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301-415-
3463; email: [email protected].
     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.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On February 19, 2016, the petitioners 
requested that the NRC take action with regard to all current operating 
nuclear power plants (ADAMS Accession No. ML16050A212). The petitioners 
requested that the NRC either: (1) Issue orders which require immediate 
corrective actions including compensatory measures to address the 
operability of electric power systems in accordance with their plant 
Technical Specifications, and to implement plant modifications in 
accordance with current NRC regulatory requirements and staff guidance 
provided in the references within the 2.206 petition, or (2) issue 
orders to immediately shutdown the nuclear power plants that are 
operating without addressing the significant design deficiency 
identified in NRC Bulletin 2012-01, ``Design Vulnerability in Electric 
Power System,'' since the licensees are not in compliance with their 
Technical Specifications 3.8.1 (typical) requirements related to onsite 
and offsite power systems.
    As the basis for this request, the petitioners refer to a Byron 
Station operating event, which led to the NRC's issuance of Information 
Notice 2012-03, ``Design Vulnerability in Electric Power System,'' 
dated March 1, 2012 (ADAMS Accession No. ML120480170). On July 27, 
2012, the NRC issued Bulletin 2012-01, ``Design Vulnerability in 
Electric Power System'' (ADAMS Accession No. ML12074A115), to require 
that the addressees comprehensively verify their compliance with the 
regulatory requirements of General Design Criteria (GDC) 17, ``Electric 
Power System,'' in Appendix A, ``General Design Criteria for Nuclear 
Power Plants,'' to 10 CFR part 50 or the applicable principal design 
criteria in the updated final safety analysis report; and the design 
criteria for protection systems under 10 CFR 50.55a(h)(2) and 10 CFR 
50.55a(h)(3). All licensees provided a response to Bulletin 2012-01. 
The NRC staff conducted an analysis of these responses, and documented 
the details of its review in a summary report dated February 26, 2013 
(ADAMS Accession No. ML13052A711). Based on the analysis, the NRC staff 
determined that some licensees may not fully comply with their site-
specific license. The licensees began implementing compensatory 
measures and corrective actions that the NRC staff has been monitoring.
    The request is being treated pursuant to Sec.  2.206 of title 10 of 
the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR) of the Commission's 
regulations. The request has been referred to the Director of the 
Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation. As provided by 10 CFR 2.206, 
appropriate action will be taken on this petition within a reasonable 

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 21st day of March 2016.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
William M. Dean,
Director, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.
[FR Doc. 2016-06940 Filed 3-30-16; 8:45 am]