List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: Holtec International Storage, Transport and Repository (HI-STAR) 100 Storage System, Certificate of Compliance No. 1008, Amendment No. 3

 
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Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 163 (Thursday, August 22, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 163 (Thursday, August 22, 2019)]
[Proposed Rules]
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[FR Doc No: 2019-18108]
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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION
10 CFR Part 72
[NRC-2019-0126]
RIN 3150-AK35
List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: Holtec International
Storage, Transport and Repository (HI-STAR) 100 Storage System,
Certificate of Compliance No. 1008, Amendment No. 3
AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
ACTION: Proposed rule.
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SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to
amend its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Holtec
International Storage, Transport and Repository 100 Storage System
listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to
include Amendment No. 3 to Certificate of Compliance No. 1008.
Amendment No. 3 revises the technical specifications to: Include
multipurpose canister (MPC)-32 for storage of pressurized-water reactor
spent fuel in the Holtec International HI-STAR 100 Storage System;
include the Metamic neutron absorber for MPC-32, MPC-24, and MPC-68;
credit the soluble boron in criticality analyses for both MPC-32 and
MPC-24; incorporate standard system features and ancillaries such as
the forced helium dehydration; allow for horizontal storage of the
casks; provide updated drawings; and revise the MPC design pressure for
accident condition to 200 pounds per square inch gauge. Amendment No. 3
also makes other administrative changes to the technical
specifications.
DATES: Submit comments by September 23, 2019. 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.
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
     Federal Rulemaking Website: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2019-0126. 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.
     Email Comments to: [email protected]. If you do
not receive an automatic email reply confirming receipt, then contact
us at 301-415-1677.
     Fax Comments to: Secretary, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory
Commission at 301-415-1101.
     Mail Comments to: Secretary, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory
Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, ATTN: Rulemakings and
Adjudications Staff.
     Hand Deliver Comments to: 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville,
Maryland 20852, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. (Eastern Time) Federal
workdays; telephone: 301-415-1677.
    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: Bernard H. White, Office of Nuclear
Material Safety and Safeguards; telephone: 301-415-6577; email:
[email protected] or Solomon Sahle, Office of Nuclear Material
Safety and Safeguards; telephone: 301-415-3781; 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
II. Background
IV. Plain Writing
V. Availability of Documents
I. Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments
A. Obtaining Information
    Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2019-0126 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 http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2019-0126.
     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 ``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 materials referenced in this document are
provided in the ``Availability of Documents'' section.
     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-2019-0126 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 http://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, 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 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 November 5,
2019. However, if the NRC
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receives significant adverse comments on this proposed rule by
September 23, 2019, 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 received in response to these proposed
revisions 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 procedural information and the regulatory analysis, 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 ``the 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 ``[the Commission] shall, by
rule, establish procedures for the licensing of any technology approved
by the Commission under section [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
September 3, 1999, that approved the Holtec International Storage,
Transport and Repository (HI-STAR) 100 Storage System design and added
it to the list of NRC-approved cask designs provided in Sec.  72.214 as
Certificate of Compliance No. 1008 (64 FR 48259).
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 through one or more of the following methods, as
indicated.
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                Document                       ADAMS  accession No.
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Holtec International, Submittal of        ML15280A182.
 Certificate of Compliance Amendment
 Request (1008-3), dated September 25,
 2015.
Holtec International, Certificate of      ML15280A219.
 Compliance Amendment 1008-3--Summary of
 Proposed Changes, dated September 25,
 2015.
Holtec International, Certificate of      ML15280A220.
 Compliance Amendment 1008-3--Revision 4
 of the HI-STAR Final Safety Analysis
 Report, dated September 25, 2015.
Holtec International, Certificate of      ML15280A223.
 Compliance Amendment 1008-3--Final
 Safety Analysis Report on HI-STAR 100
 MPC Storage System, dated September 25,
 2015.
Certificate of Compliance for Spent Fuel  ML15280A224.
 Storage Casks, NRC Form 561, dated
 September 25, 2015.
Certificate of Compliance No. 1008,       ML15280A225.
 Appendix A, Technical Specifications
 for the HI-STAR 100 Cask System,
 Amendment 3, dated September 25, 2015.
Certificate of Compliance No. 1008,       ML15280A222.
 Appendix B, Approved Contents and
 Design Features for the HI-STAR 100
 Cask System, Amendment 3, dated
 September 25, 2015.
Holtec International--Supplemental        ML16041A041.
 Information for HI-STAR 100 System,
 Amendment Request (1008-3), dated
 January 15, 2016.
Submittal of Response to Request for      ML16133A503.
 Additional Information for Revision
 Request (1008-3) to HI-STAR 100
 Certificate of Compliance, dated April
 29, 2016.
Submittal of Response to Request for      ML16133A509.
 Additional Information for Revision
 Request (1008-3) to HI-STAR 100
 Certificate of Compliance, Attachment
 1--Request for Additional Information
 Responses on HI-STAR 100--
 Nonproprietary, dated April 29, 2016.
Submittal of Response to Request for      ML16133A511.
 Additional Information for Revision
 Request (1008-3) to HI-STAR 100
 Certificate of Compliance, Attachment
 3--HI-STAR 100 Certificate of
 Compliance Appendix A Request for
 Additional Information Markup, dated
 April 29, 2016.
Submittal of Response to Request for      ML16133A512.
 Additional Information for Revision
 Request (1008-3) to HI-STAR 100
 Certificate of Compliance, Attachment
 4--HI-STAR 100 Certificate of
 Compliance Appendix B Request for
 Additional Information Markup, dated
 April 29, 2016.
Submittal of Response to Request for      ML16133A513.
 Additional Information for Revision
 Request (1008-3) to HI-STAR 100
 Certificate of Compliance, Attachment
 5--Final Safety Analysis Report Changed
 Pages, dated April 29, 2016.
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Holtec International Submittal of         ML17360A162.
 Responses to NRC's 2nd Round Requests
 for Additional Information for HI-STAR
 100 Amendment Number 3, dated December
 15, 2017.
Holtec International--Submittal of        ML18183A448.
 Supplemental Changes for HI-STAR 100
 Certificate of Compliance Amendment
 Request 1008-3, dated July 2, 2018.
Holtec International--Supplemental        ML18183A449.
 Changes for HI-STAR 100 Certificate of
 Compliance Amendment Request 1008-3,
 dated July 2, 2018.
Holtec International--HI-STAR 100         ML19037A152.
 Amendment Request (1008-3), Removal of
 Preferential Fuel Loading Requirement
 from Certificate of Compliance, dated
 February 6, 2019.
User Need for Rulemaking for Amendment    ML19137A303.
 No. 3 to the Holtec International
 Storage, Transport and Repository (HI-
 STAR) 100 Storage System, Enclosure 1:
 Proposed Certificate of Compliance No.
 1008, Amendment No. 3.
User Need for Rulemaking for Amendment    ML19137A300.
 No. 3 to the Holtec International
 Storage, Transport and Repository (HI-
 STAR) 100 Storage System, Enclosure 2:
 Proposed Technical Specifications
 Appendix A.
User Need for Rulemaking for Amendment    ML19137A301.
 No. 3 to the Holtec International
 Storage, Transport and Repository (HI-
 STAR) 100 Storage System, Enclosure 3:
 Proposed Technical Specifications
 Appendix B.
User Need for Rulemaking for Amendment    ML19137A302.
 No. 3 to the Holtec International
 Storage, Transport and Repository (HI-
 STAR) 100 Storage System, Enclosure 4:
 Preliminary Safety Evaluation Report.
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List of Subjects in 10 CFR Part 72
    Administrative practice and procedure, Hazardous waste, Indians,
Intergovernmental relations, Nuclear energy, Penalties, Radiation
protection, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Security
measures, Spent fuel, Whistleblowing.
    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 9th day of August, 2019.
    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Margaret M. Doane,
Executive Director for Operations.
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