[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 128 (Thursday, July 2, 2020)]
[Pages 39937-39938]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-14303]



[Docket No. 72-01; NRC-2020-0158]

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, LLC

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Exemption; issuance.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued an 
exemption in response to a request from GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, LLC 
(GEH) related to the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). The 
exemption allows GEH to submit a renewal application for the Morris 
Operation Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI) license, 
Special Nuclear Materials (SNM) License No. SNM-2500, after the timely 
renewal due date, while continuing to be afforded protection of the 
timely renewal provision contained in NRC regulations.

DATES: The exemption was issued on May 13, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2020-0158 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 Website: Go to https://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2020-0158. Address 
questions about NRC docket IDs in Regulations.gov to Jennifer Borges; 
telephone: 301-287-9127; 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 https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. To begin the search, select ``Begin Web-based ADAMS 
Search.'' For problems with ADAMS, please contact the NRC's Public 
Document Room reference staff at 1-800-397-4209, 301-415-4737, or by 
email to [email protected].
    For the convenience of the reader, instructions about obtaining 
materials referenced in this document are provided in the 
``Availability of Documents'' section.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John McKirgan, Office of Nuclear 
Material Safety and Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 
Washington, DC 20555-0001; telephone: 301-415-5722, email: 
[email protected].


I. Introduction

    The NRC issued an exemption in response to a request from GEH, 
dated April 30, 2020. The exemption allows GEH to submit a renewal 
application for the Morris Operation ISFSI license, SNM-2500, after the 
timely renewal due date of May 31, 2020, while continuing to be 
afforded protection of the timely renewal provision contained in Sec.  
72.42(c) of title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR). GEH 
requested an extension of the date to submit the license renewal 
application to on or before July 31, 2020, as state restrictions on 
business activities as a result of the COVID-19 PHE have caused reduced 
staffing, impacted work schedules, and limited facility and information 
access necessary for GEH to prepare its license renewal application by 
the timely renewal due date. The extension will allow GEH to provide a 
complete license renewal application for NRC to review.
    The NRC publishes a list of approved licensing actions related to 
the COVID-19 PHE on its public website at https://www.nrc.gov/about-nrc/covid-19/materials/storage.html.

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II. Availability of Documents

    The table below provides the ADAMS Accession Numbers for the 
exemption issued. For additional directions on accessing information in 
ADAMS, see the ADDRESSES section of this document.

             Document title                    ADAMS  Accession No.
Request to Extend the Due Date for        ML20121A272
 Submitting the GEH Morris Operation
 License Renewal Application.
Issuance of Exemption from 10 CFR         ML20134H886
 72.42(c) for GEH Morris Operation ISFSI.

    The NRC may post additional materials to the Federal Rulemaking 
website at https://www.regulations.gov, under Docket ID NRC-2020-0158. 
The Federal Rulemaking website allows you to receive alerts when 
changes or additions occur in a docket folder. To subscribe: (1) 
Navigate to the docket folder (NRC-2020-0158); (2) click the ``Sign up 
for Email Alerts'' link; and (3) enter your email address and select 
how frequently you would like to receive emails (daily, weekly, or 

    Dated: June 29, 2020.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
John B. McKirgan,
Chief, Storage and Transportation Licensing Branch, Division of Fuel 
Management, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards.
[FR Doc. 2020-14303 Filed 7-1-20; 8:45 am]