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Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd, the licensee) is the holder of Facility Operating Licenses Nos. DPR-39 and DPR-48 for the Zion Nuclear Power Station, Units 1 and 2 (the facility). The facility was shut down permanently in February 1997. ComEd certified the permanent shutdown on February 13, 1998, and certified that all fuel had been removed from the reactor vessels on March 9, 1998. In accordance with 10 CFR 50.82(a)(2), the facility operating licenses no longer authorize ComEd to operate the reactors or to load fuel in the reactor vessels. The facility is located at the licensee's site in Lake County, Illinois.
Under cover of a letter dated December 20, 1999, ComEd submitted an application requesting approval of the proposed transfer of the facility operating licenses to a new generating company, Exelon Generation Company, LLC (Exelon Generation Company), to be formed in connection with the proposed merger of Unicom Corporation (Unicom), the parent of ComEd, and PECO Energy Company (PECO). ComEd also requested approval of conforming amendments to reflect the transfer. Supplemental information was provided by submittals dated January 14, March 10, March 23, March 29, and June 16, 2000. Hereinafter, the December 20, 1999, application and supplemental information will be referred to collectively as the “application.” The conforming amendments would remove ComEd from the facility operating licenses, add Exelon Generation Company in references to the licensee, and make miscellaneous changes that accurately reflect the transfer of the licenses to Exelon Generation Company. After completion of the proposed transfer, Exelon Generation Company will be the sole owner of Zion, Units 1 and 2.
By a separate application dated December 20, 1999, PECO requested approval of the transfer of the facility operating licenses that it holds to Exelon Generation Company. That application will be addressed separately.
Approval of the transfer of the facility operating licenses and conforming license amendments was requested by ComEd pursuant to 10 CFR 50.80 and 10 CFR 50.90. Notice of the applications for approval and an opportunity for a hearing was published in the Federal Register on March 9, 2000 (65 FR 12586). The Commission received no comments or requests for hearing pursuant to such notice.
Under 10 CFR 50.80, no license, or any right thereunder, shall be transferred, directly or indirectly, through transfer of control of the license, unless the Commission shall give its consent in writing. Upon review of the information in the application by ComEd, and other information before the Commission, and relying upon the representations and agreements contained in the application, the NRC staff has determined that Exelon Generation Company is qualified to hold the licenses, and that the transfer of the licenses to Exelon Generation Company is otherwise consistent with applicable provisions of law, regulations, and orders issued by the Commission, subject to the conditions set forth below. The NRC staff has further found that the application for the proposed license amendments complies with the standards and requirements of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, and the Commission's rules and regulations set forth in 10 CFR Chapter I; the facility will operate in conformity with the application, the provisions of the Act and the rules and regulations of the Commission; there is reasonable assurance that the activities authorized by the proposed license amendments can be conducted without endangering the health and safety of the public and that such activities will be conducted in compliance with the Commission's regulations; the issuance of the proposed license amendments will not be inimical to the common defense and security or to the health and safety of the public; and the issuance of the proposed amendments will be in accordance with 10 CFR Part 51 of the Commission's regulations and all applicable requirements have been satisfied.
The findings set forth above are supported by a safety evaluation dated August 3, 2000.
Accordingly, pursuant to Sections 161b, 161i, 161o, and 184 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 2201(b), 2201(i), 2201(o), and 2234; and 10 CFR 50.80, It Is Hereby Ordered that the transfer of the licenses as described herein to Exelon Generation Company is approved, subject to the following conditions:
(1) Exelon Generation Company shall provide the Director of the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation a copy of any application, at the time it is filed, to transfer (excluding grants of security interests or liens) from Exelon Generation Company to its proposed direct or indirect parent, or to any other affiliated company, facilities for the production, transmission, or distribution of electric energy having a depreciated book value exceeding ten percent (10%) of Exelon Generation Company's consolidated net utility plant, as recorded on Exelon Generation Company's books of account.
(2) ComEd shall transfer to Exelon Generation Company the decommissioning trust funds for Zion, Units 1 and 2, in the following minimum amounts, when Zion, Units 1 and 2, are transferred to Exelon Generation Company:
Zion, Unit 1—$212,081,612
Zion, Unit 2—$222,708,468
(3) The Decommissioning trust agreements for Zion, Units 1 and 2, at the time the transfer of the units to Exelon Generation Company is effected and, thereafter, are subject to the following:
(a) The decommissioning trust agreements must be in a form acceptable to the NRC.
(b) With respect to the decommissioning trust funds, investments in the securities or other obligations of Exelon Corporation or affiliates thereof, or their successors or assigns are prohibited. Except for investments tied to market indexes or other non-nuclear sector mutual funds, investments in any entity owning one or more nuclear power plants are prohibited.
(c) The decommissioning trust agreements for Zion, Units 1 and 2, must provide that no disbursements or payments from the trusts shall be made by the trustee unless the trustee has first given the Director of the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation 30 days prior written notice of payment. The decommissioning trust agreements shall further contain a provision that no disbursements or payments from the trusts shall be made if the trustee receives prior written notice of objection from the NRC.
(d) The decommissioning trust agreements must provide that the agreements can not be amended in any material respect without 30 days prior written notification to the Director of the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation. Start Printed Page 49606
(e) The appropriate section of the decommissioning trusts agreement shall state that the trustee, investment advisor, or anyone else directing the investments made in the trusts shall adhere to a “prudent investor” standard, as specified in 18 CFR 35.32(a)(3) of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's regulations.
(4) Exelon Generation Company shall take all necessary steps to ensure that the decommissioning trusts are maintained in accordance with the application for approval of the transfer of the Zion, Units 1 and 2, licenses and the requirements of this Order approving the transfer, and consistent with the safety evaluation supporting this Order.
(5) Before the completion of the transfer of Zion, Units 1 and 2, to it, Exelon Generation Company shall provide the Director of the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, satisfactory documentary evidence that Exelon Generation Company has obtained the appropriate amount of insurance required of licensees under 10 CFR Part 140 of the Commission's regulations.
(6) After receipt of all required regulatory approvals of the transfer of Zion, Units 1 and 2, ComEd shall inform the Director of the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, in writing, of such receipt within 5 business days, and of the date of the closing of the transfer no later than 7 business days prior to the date of the closing. Should the transfer of the licenses not be completed by July 31, 2001, this Order shall become null and void, provided, however, upon written application and for good cause shown, such date may in writing be extended.
(7) Approval of the transfer of the licenses for Zion, Units 1 and 2, is conditioned upon all of the PECO and ComEd nuclear units described in the application to be transferred to Exelon Generation Company becoming owned by Exelon Generation Company contemporaneously.
It Is Further Ordered that, consistent with 10 CFR 2.1315(b), license amendments that make changes, as indicated in Enclosure 12 to the cover letter forwarding this Order, to conform the licenses to reflect the subject license transfers are approved. The amendments shall be issued and made effective at the time the proposed license transfers are completed.
This Order is effective upon issuance.
For further details with respect to this Order, see the initial application dated December 20, 1999, and supplemental submittals dated January 14, March 10, March 23, March 29, and June 16, 2000, and the safety evaluation dated August 3, 2000, which are available for public inspection at the Commission's Public Document Room, the Gelman Building, 2120 L Street, NW., Washington, DC, and accessible electronically through the ADAMS Public Electronic Reading Room link at the NRC Web site (http:// www.nrc.gov).Start Signature
Dated at Rockville, Maryland this 3rd day of August 2000.
For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Samuel J. Collins,
Director, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.
[FR Doc. 00-20577 Filed 8-11-00; 8:45 am]
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