[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 206 (Tuesday, October 25, 2016)]
[Pages 73448-73449]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-25750]




Superseded or Outdated Generic Communications

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Generic communications; withdrawal.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is withdrawing 
selected generic communications because their guidance no longer 
provides useful information, their guidance is superseded by updated 
guidance, or the information can be more effectively made available to 
interested stakeholders by other means.

DATES: The effective date of the withdrawals is October 25, 2016.

ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2016-0101 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-2016-0101. Address 
questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301-415-
3463; 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 is provided the 
first time that it is mentioned in this document.
     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: Angela M. Baxter, Office of Nuclear 
Reactor Regulation, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 
20555-0001; telephone: 301-415-2976; email: [email protected].



A. General Information

    The NRC performs periodic reviews of generic communications and 
withdraws them when they no longer provide useful information or are 
superseded by technological innovations or updated guidance. A 
withdrawal includes the original generic communication and any 
supplements or revisions. The NRC is currently publishing withdrawals 
of generic communications on a quarterly basis.
    Withdrawal of the original generic communication and supplements, 
if applicable, will not affect the public's ability to obtain this 
information. The original generic communication and supplements will 
remain accessible through ADAMS and the NRC's generic communications 
Web site. The NRC's generic communication Web site will be updated to 
reflect the generic communications status as withdrawn. The generic 
communications Web site is accessible at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/gen-comm/.

B. Withdrawals of Generic Communications

    The following generic communications, by category, are withdrawn.
1. NRC Requests for Scheduling and Licensing Request Information
    This class of generic communications includes NRC requests for 
licensing action estimates, scheduling of acceptance reviews to 
determine budget, and requests for advance notice to pursue license 
renewals. This class of generic communications are routine

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correspondence from the NRC requesting licensees, on a voluntary basis, 
to submit information to assist in planning and budgeting resources. 
The submittal of this information is strictly voluntary. No specific 
action or written response is required. After the voluntary submittal 
period for this class of communication has expired, the document is no 
longer needed and, in most cases, has been superseded by a new request 
for the next fiscal year or time period. Therefore, the NRC is 
withdrawing the following generic communications:
     Administrative Letter (AL) 1998-03, ``Operating Reactor 
Licensing Action Estimates,'' May 6, 1998 (ADAMS Accession No. 
     AL 1999-02, ``Operating Reactor Licensing Action 
Estimates,'' June 3, 1999 (ADAMS Accession No. ML031110137);
     Regulatory Issue Summary (RIS) 2000-04, ``Operating 
Reactor Licensing Action Estimates,'' March 16, 2000 (ADAMS Accession 
No. ML003687730);
     RIS 2001-08, ``Operating Reactor Licensing Action 
Estimates,'' April 2, 2001 (ADAMS Accession No. ML010880474);
     RIS 2001-21, ``Licensing Action Estimates for Operating 
Reactors,'' November 16, 2001 (ADAMS Accession No. ML012840123);
     RIS 2014-13, ``Planned Licensing Action Submittals for all 
Power Reactor Licensees,'' December 17, 2014 (ADAMS Accession No. 
     RIS 2008-01, ``Process for Scheduling Acceptance Reviews 
Based on Notification of Applicant Submission Dates for Early Site 
Permits, Combined Licenses and Design Certifications and Process for 
Determining Budget Needs for Fiscal Year 2010,'' January 10, 2008 
(ADAMS Accession No. ML080030011);
     RIS 2009-03, ``Process for Scheduling Acceptance Reviews 
of New Reactor Licensing Applications After April 2009 and Process for 
Determining Budget Needs For Fiscal Year 2011,'' February 12, 2009 
(ADAMS Accession No. ML083260416);
     RIS 2010-01, ``Process for Scheduling Acceptance Reviews 
of New Reactor Licensing Applications and Process for Determining 
Budget Needs for Fiscal Year 2012,'' February 3, 2010 (ADAMS Accession 
No. ML093230517);
     RIS 2010-03, ``Licensing Submittal Information for Small 
Modular Reactor Designs,'' February 25, 2010 (ADAMS Accession No. 
     RIS 2010-10, ``Process for Scheduling Acceptance Reviews 
of New Reactor Licensing Applications and Process for Determining 
Budget Needs for Fiscal Year 2013,'' November 15, 2010 (ADAMS Accession 
No. ML102720901);
     RIS 2011-02, ``Licensing Submittal Information and Design 
Development Activities for Small Modular Reactor Designs,'' February 2, 
2011 (ADAMS Accession No. ML103260128);
     RIS 2012-12, ``Licensing Submittal Information and Design 
Development Activities for Small Modular Reactor Designs,'' December 
28, 2012 (ADAMS Accession No. ML12319A181);
     RIS 2013-08, ``Process for Scheduling Acceptance Reviews 
of New Reactor Licensing and Design Certification Applications and 
Process for Determining Budget Needs for Fiscal Year 2016,'' May 28, 
2013 (ADAMS Accession No. ML13077A148);
     RIS 2013-18, ``Licensing Submittal Information and Design 
Development Activities for Small Modular Reactor Designs,'' November 
15, 2013 (ADAMS Accession No. ML13263A227);
     RIS 2000-20, ``Importance of Industry Providing NRC 
Advance Notice of Intent to Pursue License Renewal,'' November 14, 2000 
(ADAMS Accession No. ML003752145); and
     RIS 2003-02, ``Importance of Giving NRC Advance Notice of 
Intent to Pursue License Renewal,'' February 3, 2003 (ADAMS Accession 
No. ML030340042).
2. Generic Communications Withdrawn Because the Information Is 
Superseded, Out-Of-Date, No Longer Needed, or Being Provided to 
Interested Stakeholders in a Different Manner
     RIS 2002-08, ``Availability of the Topical Report Program 
Description and Status on Staff Reviews on the NRC's Web site,'' dated 
May 22, 2002 (ADAMS Accession No. ML012760489), is withdrawn because 
this RIS informed industry that the publication of NUREG-0390, 
``Topical Report Review Status,'' was being discontinued and all 
information contained within the NUREG would be available on the NRC's 
Web site, http://www.nrc.gov/about-nrc/regulatory/licensing/topical-reports.html. This RIS is being withdrawn because the information 
within the NUREG has been replaced by technological innovations and is 
available electronically.
     Circular 1980-18, ``10 CFR 50.59 [Sec.  50.59 of title 10 
of the Code of Federal Regulations, ``Changes, tests, and 
experiments''] Safety Evaluations for Changes to Radioactive Waste 
Treatment Systems,'' dated August 22, 1980 (ADAMS Accession No. 
ML103420467), is withdrawn because the information is no longer 
applicable following the NRC rulemaking (65 FR 53613; October 4, 1999) 
that went into effect on March 13, 2001.
     The class of communications in reference to occupational 
dose or dose equivalent are withdrawn because the information contained 
within each RIS has been consolidated into the guidance in Regulatory 
Guide 8.40, ``Methods for Measuring Effective Dose Equivalent from 
External Exposure,'' dated July 31, 2010 (ADAMS Accession No. 
ML100610534). Therefore, these generic communications are being 
    [cir] RIS 2002-06, ``Evaluating Occupational Dose for Individuals 
Exposed to NRC-Licensed Material and Medical X-Rays,'' April 16, 2002 
(ADAMS Accession No. ML021080436);
    [cir] RIS 2003-04, ``Use of the Effective Dose Equivalent in Place 
of the Deep Dose Equivalent in Dose Assessments,'' February 13, 2003 
(ADAMS Accession No. ML030370122);
    [cir] RIS 2004-01, ``Method for Estimating Effective Dose 
Equivalent from External Radiation Sources Using Two Dosimeters,'' 
February 17, 2004 (ADAMS Accession No. ML040420042); and
    [cir] RIS 2009-09, ``Use of Multiple Dosimetry and Compartment 
Factors in Determining Effective Dose Equivalent from External 
Radiation Exposures, July 13, 2009 (ADAMS Accession No. ML082320040).
     GL 1989-17, ``Planned Administrative Changes to the NRC 
Operator Licensing Written Exam Process,'' September 6, 1989 (ADAMS 
Accession No. ML031140236), is withdrawn because the eligibility 
requirements for taking the generic fundamentals examination section 
has been incorporated into Revision 10 of NUREG-1021, ``Operator 
Licensing Examination Standards for Power Reactors,'' December 31, 2014 
(ADAMS Accession No. ML14352A297).

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 19th day of October, 2016.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Sheldon Stuchell,
Chief, Generic Communications Branch, Division of Policy and 
Rulemaking, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.
[FR Doc. 2016-25750 Filed 10-24-16; 8:45 am]