The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (the Commission) is considering the issuance of an order under 10 CFR 50.80 and 72.50 approving the transfer of operating authority under Renewed Facility Operating Licenses Nos. DPR-38, DPR-47 and DPR-55 for Oconee Nuclear Station, Unit Nos. 1, 2 and 3 (Oconee), and Materials License No. SNM-2503 for the Oconee Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI), currently held by Duke Energy Corporation (DEC), which is the owner of the facilities. DEC would continue to own Oconee and the ISFSI. The transfer of authority to operate Oconee and the ISFSI would be to a new limited liability company, Duke Energy Nuclear, LLC (DEN LLC). DEN LLC will be a subsidiary of DEC, as a result of a corporate restructuring of DEC. The Commission is further considering amending the licenses for administrative purposes to reflect the proposed transfer. If authorized to operate Oconee, DEN LLC, will also become a general ISFSI licensee pursuant to 10 CFR 72.210. Oconee and the ISFSI are located in Oconee County, South Carolina.
According to an application for approval filed by DEC, DEC's ownership of Oconee and the ISFSI would be unchanged and DEC would continue to be responsible for the costs associated with operating and maintaining Oconee and the ISFSI and for decommissioning funding assurance. DEN LLC would become a licensee, authorized to operate Oconee and the ISFSI. No physical changes to Oconee or the ISFSI or operational changes are being proposed in the application.
The proposed amendments would replace references to DEC in the licenses as the operator of Oconee and the ISFSI with references to DEN LLC.
Pursuant to 10 CFR 50.80 and 72.50, no license, or any right thereunder, or any part, shall be transferred, directly or indirectly, through transfer of control of the license, unless the Commission gives its consent in writing. The Start Printed Page 49050Commission will approve an application for the transfer of a license if the Commission determines that the proposed transferee is qualified to hold the license, and that the transfer is otherwise consistent with applicable provisions of law, regulations, and orders issued by the Commission pursuant thereto.
Before issuance of the proposed conforming license amendments, the Commission will have made findings required by the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (the Act), and the Commission's regulations.
As provided in 10 CFR 2.1315, unless otherwise determined by the Commission with regard to a specific application, the Commission has determined that any amendment to the license of a utilization facility or the license of an ISFSI which does no more than conform the license to reflect the transfer action involves, respectively, no significant hazards consideration or no genuine issue as to whether the health and safety of the public will be significantly affected. No contrary determination has been made with respect to this specific license amendment application. In light of the generic determination reflected in 10 CFR 2.1315, no public comments with respect to significant hazards considerations are being solicited, notwithstanding the general comment procedures contained in 10 CFR 50.91.
The filing of requests for hearing and petitions for leave to intervene, and written comments with regard to the license transfer application, are discussed below.
By October 15, 2001, any person whose interest may be affected by the Commission's action on the application may request a hearing and, if not the applicant, may petition for leave to intervene in a hearing proceeding on the Commission's action. Requests for a hearing and petitions for leave to intervene should be filed in accordance with the Commission's rules of practice set forth in Subpart M, “Public Notification, Availability of Documents and Records, Hearing Requests and Procedures for Hearings on License Transfer Applications,” of 10 CFR Part 2. In particular, such requests and petitions must comply with the requirements set forth in 10 CFR 2.1306, and should address the considerations contained in 10 CFR 2.1308(a). Untimely requests and petitions may be denied, as provided in 10 CFR 2.1308(b), unless good cause for failure to file on time is established. In addition, an untimely request or petition should address the factors that the Commission will also consider, in reviewing untimely requests or petitions, set forth in 10 CFR 2.1308(b)(1)-(2).
Requests for a hearing and petitions for leave to intervene should be served upon: Lisa F. Vaughn, Legal Department, Duke Energy Corporation, 422 South Church Street, Charlotte, North Carolina 28201-1006; the General Counsel, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555 (e-mail address for filings regarding license transfer cases only: OGCLT@NRC.gov); and the Secretary of the Commission, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, Attention: Rulemakings and Adjudications Staff, in accordance with 10 CFR 2.1313.
The Commission will issue a notice or order granting or denying a hearing request or intervention petition, designating the issues for any hearing that will be held and designating the Presiding Officer. A notice granting a hearing will be published in the Federal Register and served on the parties to the hearing.
As an alternative to requests for hearing and petitions to intervene, by October 25, 2001, persons may submit written comments regarding the license transfer application, as provided for in 10 CFR 2.1305. The Commission will consider and, if appropriate, respond to these comments, but such comments will not otherwise constitute part of the decisional record. Comments should be submitted to the Secretary, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, Attention: Rulemakings and Adjudications Staff, and should cite the publication date and page number of this Federal Register notice.
For further details with respect to this action, see the application dated July 10, 2001, available for public inspection at the Commission's Public Document Room, located at One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike (first floor), Rockville, Maryland. Publicly available records will be accessible electronically from the Agencywide Documents Access and Management Systems (ADAMS) Public Electronic Reading Room on the internet at the NRC Web site (http://www.nrc.gov/ADAMS/index.html). If you do not have access to ADAMS or if there are problems in accessing the documents located in ADAMS, contact the NRC Public Document Room (PDR) Reference staff at 1-800-397-4737 or by email to email@example.com.Start Signature
Dated at Rockville, Maryland this 19th day of September 2001.
For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Leonard N. Olshan,
Acting Section Chief, Section 1, Project Directorate II, Division of Licensing Project Management, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.
[FR Doc. 01-23927 Filed 9-24-01; 8:45 am]
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