[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 217 (Monday, November 9, 2020)] [Proposed Rules] [Pages 71274-71276] From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] [FR Doc No: 2020-24321] ======================================================================= ----------------------------------------------------------------------- NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION 10 CFR Part 72 [NRC-2020-0179] RIN 3150-AK51 List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: Holtec International HI-STORM UMAX Canister Storage System, Certificate of Compliance No. 1040, Amendment No. 4 AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Proposed rule. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its regulations by revising the Holtec International HI-STORM UMAX Canister Storage System listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to include Amendment No. 4 to Certificate of Compliance No. 1040. Amendment No. 4 revises the certificate of compliance to update the technical specifications for radiation protection regarding the dose rate limit for the vertical ventilated module lid, update the technical specifications for the vent blockage limiting condition for operation, and add a Type 1 version of multi- purpose canister MPC-37. DATES: Submit comments by December 9, 2020. Comments received after this date will be considered, if practical to do so, but the NRC is able to ensure consideration only for comments received on or before this date. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods.
Federal Rulemaking Website: Go to https://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2020-0179. Address questions about NRC dockets to Dawn Forder; telephone: 301-415-3407; email: [email protected]. For technical questions contact the individuals listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document. Email comments to: [email protected]. If you do not receive an automatic email reply confirming receipt, then contact us at 301-415-1677. Mail comments to: Secretary, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, ATTN: Rulemakings and Adjudications Staff. For additional direction on obtaining information and submitting comments, see ``Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments,'' in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christian J. Jacobs, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards; telephone: 301-415-6825; email: [email protected] or Gerry L. Stirewalt, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards; telephone: 301-415-3698; email: [email protected]. Both are staff of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Table of Contents I. Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments II. Rulemaking Procedure III. Background IV. Plain Writing V. Availability of Documents I. Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments A. Obtaining Information Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2020-0179 when contacting the NRC about the availability of information for this action. You may obtain publicly-available information related to this action by any of the following methods: Federal Rulemaking Website: Go to https://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2020-0179. 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 (PDR) 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 [[Page 71275]] materials referenced in this document are provided in the ``Availability of Documents'' section. Attention: The PDR, where you may examine and order copies of public documents, is currently closed. You may submit your request to the PDR via email at [email protected] or call 1-800-397-4209 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (EST), Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. B. Submitting Comments Please include Docket ID NRC-2020-0179 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 will post all comment submissions at https://www.regulations.gov as well as enter 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, 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 into ADAMS. II. Rulemaking Procedure Because the NRC considers this action to be non-controversial, the NRC is publishing this proposed rule concurrently with a direct final rule in the Rules and Regulations section of this issue of the Federal Register. The direct final rule will become effective on January 25, 2021. However, if the NRC receives any significant adverse comment by December 9, 2020, then the NRC will publish a document that withdraws the direct final rule. If the direct final rule is withdrawn, the NRC will address the comments in a subsequent final rule. Absent significant modifications to the proposed revisions requiring republication, the NRC will not initiate a second comment period on this action in the event the direct final rule is withdrawn. A significant adverse comment is a comment where the commenter explains why the rule would be inappropriate, including challenges to the rule's underlying premise or approach, or would be ineffective or unacceptable without a change. A comment is adverse and significant if: (1) The comment opposes the rule and provides a reason sufficient to require a substantive response in a notice-and-comment process. For example, a substantive response is required when: (a) The comment causes the NRC to reevaluate (or reconsider) its position or conduct additional analysis; (b) The comment raises an issue serious enough to warrant a substantive response to clarify or complete the record; or (c) The comment raises a relevant issue that was not previously addressed or considered by the NRC. (2) The comment proposes a change or an addition to the rule, and it is apparent that the rule would be ineffective or unacceptable without incorporation of the change or addition. (3) The comment causes the NRC to make a change (other than editorial) to the rule. For a more detailed discussion of the proposed rule changes and associated analyses, see the direct final rule published in the Rules and Regulations section of this issue of the Federal Register. III. Background Section 218(a) of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, as amended, requires that ``[t]he Secretary [of the Department of Energy] shall establish a demonstration program, in cooperation with the private sector, for the dry storage of spent nuclear fuel at civilian nuclear power reactor sites, with the objective of establishing one or more technologies that the [Nuclear Regulatory] Commission may, by rule, approve for use at the sites of civilian nuclear power reactors without, to the maximum extent practicable, the need for additional site-specific approvals by the Commission.'' Section 133 of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act states, in part, that ``[t]he Commission shall, by rule, establish procedures for the licensing of any technology approved by the Commission under Section 219(a) [sic: 218(a)] for use at the site of any civilian nuclear power reactor.'' To implement this mandate, the Commission approved dry storage of spent nuclear fuel in NRC-approved casks under a general license by publishing a final rule which added a new subpart K in part 72 of title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR) entitled ``General License for Storage of Spent Fuel at Power Reactor Sites'' (55 FR 29181; July 18, 1990). This rule also established a new subpart L in 10 CFR part 72 entitled, ``Approval of Spent Fuel Storage Casks,'' which contains procedures and criteria for obtaining NRC approval of spent fuel storage cask designs. The NRC subsequently issued a final rule on March 6, 2015 (80 FR 12073), as corrected (80 FR 15679; March 25, 2015), that approved the Holtec International HI-STORM UMAX Canister Storage System and added it to the list of NRC-approved cask designs in Sec. 72.214, ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks,'' as Certificate of Compliance No. 1040. IV. Plain Writing The Plain Writing Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-274) requires Federal agencies to write documents in a clear, concise, well-organized manner. The NRC has written this document to be consistent with the Plain Writing Act as well as the Presidential Memorandum, ``Plain Language in Government Writing,'' published June 10, 1998 (63 FR 31885). The NRC requests comment on the proposed rule with respect to clarity and effectiveness of the language used. V. Availability of Documents The documents identified in the following table are available to interested persons as indicated. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Document ADAMS package accession No. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Letter from Holtec International to NRC ML18285A820. submitting the Amendment No. 4 Request for HI-STORM UMAX Canister Storage System Certificate of Compliance No. 1040, September 28, 2018. Holtec International HI-STORM UMAX ML19144A140. Amendment No. 4 Responses to Request for Additional Information, May 21, 2019. Holtec International HI-STORM UMAX ML19311C514. Amendment No. 4 Responses to Request for Additional Information, November 1, 2019. Holtec International HI-STORM UMAX ML20002A425. Amendment No. 4 Responses to Request for Additional Information, December 20, 2019. [[Page 71276]] Holtec International HI-STORM UMAX ML20104C014. Amendment No. 4 Responses to Request for Additional Information, March 30, 2020. Holtec International HI-STORM UMAX ML20111A237. Amendment No. 4 Responses to Request for Additional Information, April 13, 2020. User Need Memorandum to J. Cai from J. ML20161A087. McKirgan with Proposed Certificate of Compliance No. 1040, Amendment No. 4; Associated Proposed Technical Specifications; and the Preliminary Safety Evaluation Report, July 21, 2020. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ The NRC may post materials related to this document, including public comments, on the Federal Rulemaking website at https://www.regulations.gov under Docket ID NRC-2020-0179. 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-2020-0179); (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 (i.e., daily, weekly, or monthly). Dated October 21, 2020. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Margaret M. Doane, Executive Director for Operations. [FR Doc. 2020-24321 Filed 11-6-20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590-01-P