[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 131 (Friday, July 8, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 44670-44671]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-16215]


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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[NRC-2016-0133]


Dedication of Commercial-Grade Items for Use in Nuclear Power 
Plants

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Draft regulatory guide; request for comment.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing for 
public comment draft regulatory guide (DG), DG-1292, ``Dedication of 
Commercial-Grade Items for Use in Nuclear Power Plants.'' This DG 
proposes new guidance that describes methods that the NRC staff 
considers acceptable in meeting regulatory requirements for dedication 
of commercial-grade items used in nuclear power plants.

DATES: Submit comments by September 6, 2016. Comments received after 
this date will be considered if it is practical to do so, but the NRC 
is able to ensure consideration only for comments received on or before 
this date. Although a time limit is given, comments and suggestions in 
connection with items for inclusion in guides currently being developed 
or improvements in all published guides are encouraged at any time.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods 
(unless this document describes a different method for submitting 
comments on a specified subject):
     Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2016-0133. 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.
     Mail comments to: Cindy Bladey, Office of Administration, 
Mail Stop: OWFN-12 H08, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, 
DC 20555-0001.
    For additional direction on accessing information and submitting 
comments, see ``Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments'' in the 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Richard Laura, Office of New Reactors, 
telephone: 301-415-1837, email: [email protected], and Stephen 
Burton, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research, telephone: 301-415-7000, 
email: Step[email protected]. Both are staff members of the U.S. 
Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments

A. Obtaining Information

    Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2016-0133 when contacting the NRC 
about the availability of information regarding this action. You may 
obtain publically-available information related to this action, by any 
of the following methods:
     Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2016-0133.
     NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System 
(ADAMS): You may obtain publicly-available documents online in the

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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 
DG is electronically available in ADAMS under Accession No. 
ML15313A425.
     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.

B. Submitting Comments

    Please include Docket ID NRC-2016-0133 in your comment submission.
    The NRC cautions you not to include identifying or contact 
information that you do not want to be publicly disclosed in your 
comment submission. The NRC posts all comment submissions at http://www.regulations.gov as well as enters the comment submissions into 
ADAMS. The NRC does not routinely edit comment submissions to remove 
identifying or contact information.
    If you are requesting or aggregating comments from other persons 
for submission to the NRC, then you should inform those persons not to 
include identifying or contact information that they do not want to be 
publicly disclosed in their comment submission. Your request should 
state that the NRC does not routinely edit comment submissions to 
remove such information before making the comment submissions available 
to the public or entering the comment submissions into ADAMS.

II. Additional Information

    The NRC is issuing for public comment a DG in the NRC's 
``Regulatory Guide'' series. This series was developed to describe and 
make available to the public information regarding methods that are 
acceptable to the NRC staff for implementing specific parts of the 
NRC's regulations, techniques that the staff uses in evaluating 
specific issues or postulated events, and data that the staff needs in 
its review of applications for permits and licenses. The DG, entitled, 
``Dedication of Commercial-Grade Items for Use in Nuclear Power 
Plants,'' is a proposed new guide temporarily identified by its task 
number, DG-1292. It proposes new guidance that describes acceptance 
methods that the NRC staff considers acceptable in meeting regulatory 
requirements for dedication of commercial-grade items used in nuclear 
power plants.

III. Backfitting and Issue Finality

    DG-1292 describes a method that the staff of the NRC considers 
acceptable for dedication of commercial-grade items for use in nuclear 
power plants. Issuance of this DG, if finalized, would not constitute 
backfitting as defined in 10 CFR 50.109 (the Backfit Rule) and would 
not otherwise be inconsistent with the issue finality provisions in 10 
CFR part 52. As discussed in the ``Implementation'' section of this DG, 
the NRC has no current intention to impose this DG, if finalized, on 
holders of current operating licenses or combined licenses.

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

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Harriett Karagiannis,
Acting Chief, Regulatory Guidance and Generic Issues Branch, Division 
of Engineering, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research.
[FR Doc. 2016-16215 Filed 7-7-16; 8:45 am]
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