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Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards; Meeting Notice

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In accordance with the purposes of Sections 29 and 182b. of the Atomic Energy Act (42 U.S.C. 2039, 2232b), the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS) will hold a meeting on March 3-6, 2004, 11545 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland. The date of this meeting was previously published in the Federal Register on Monday, November 21, 2003 (68 FR 65743).

Wednesday, March 3, 2004 (Closed)

11 a.m.-6:30 p.m.: Safeguards and Security (Closed)—The Committee will hear presentations by and hold discussions with representatives of the Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research, the Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response, and the Nuclear Energy Institute regarding safeguards and security matters.

Thursday, March 4, 2004, Conference Room T-2B3, Two White Flint North, Rockville, Maryland

8:30 a.m.-8:35 a.m.: Opening Remarks by the ACRS Chairman (Open)—The ACRS Chairman will make opening remarks regarding the conduct of the meeting.

8:35 a.m.-10 a.m.: License Renewal Application for the H. B. Robinson Steam Electric Plant, Unit 2 (Open)—The Committee will hear presentations by and hold discussions with representatives of the NRC staff and Carolina Power and Light regarding the License Renewal Application for the H. B. Robinson Steam Electric Plant, Unit 2 and the associated final Safety Evaluation Report prepared by the NRC staff.

10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Interim Review of the AP1000 Design (Open/Closed)—The Committee will hear presentations by and hold discussions with representatives of the NRC staff and Westinghouse regarding the resolution of open items identified in the NRC staff's Draft Safety Evaluation Report as well as the issues previously raised by the ACRS Subcommittee on Thermal-Hydraulic Phenomena, and related matters.

1:15 p.m.-2:45 p.m.: License Renewal Application for the Virgil C. Summer Nuclear Station (Open)—The Committee will hear presentations by and hold discussions with representatives of the NRC staff and South Carolina Electric and Gas regarding the License Renewal Application for the Virgil C. Summer Nuclear Station and the associated final Safety Evaluation Report prepared by the NRC staff.

3 p.m.-4 p.m.: Proposed Criteria for ACRS Evaluation of the Effectiveness (Quality) of the NRC Safety Research Programs (Open)—The Committee will discuss the proposed criteria for use by the ACRS in evaluating the effectiveness (Quality) of the NRC safety research programs.

4:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m.: Preparation of ACRS Reports (Open)—The Committee will discuss proposed ACRS reports on matters considered during this meeting, as well as proposed ACRS reports on Resolution of Certain Items Identified by the ACRS in NUREG-1740 Related to Differing Professional Opinion on Steam Generator Tube Integrity, and Response to the December 22, 2003 EDO Response to the September 30, 2003 ACRS Report on the Draft Final Revision 3 to Regulatory Guide 1.82, “Water Sources for Long-Term Recirculation Cooling Following a Loss-of-Coolant Accident.”

Friday, March 5, 2004, Conference Room T-2B3, Two White Flint North, Rockville, Maryland

8:30 a.m.-8:35 a.m.: Opening Remarks by the ACRS Chairman (Open)—The ACRS Chairman will make opening remarks regarding the conduct of the meeting.

8:35 a.m.-9:15 a.m.: Divergence in Regulatory Approaches Between U.S. and Several Other Countries (Open)—The Committee will discuss the differences in regulatory approaches between U.S. and several other countries.

9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Joint Meeting of ACRS/ACNW with the EDO/Office Directors of NRR/RES/NMSS (Open)—The Committee will meet with the NRC Executive Director for Operations (EDO) and Directors of the Offices of Nuclear Reactor Regulation (NRR), Nuclear Regulatory Research (RES), and Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards (NMSS) to discuss items of mutual interest, including: Risk-informing 10 CFR 50.46, PWR sump performance issues, PRA quality, spent fuel pool issues, risk-informing NMSS regulations, and transportation-related issues.

12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.: Future ACRS Activities/Report of the Planning and Procedures Subcommittee (Open)—The Committee will discuss the recommendations of the Planning and Procedures Subcommittee regarding items proposed for consideration by the full Committee during future meetings. Also, it will hear a report of the Planning and Procedures Subcommittee on matters related to the conduct of Start Printed Page 7986ACRS business, including anticipated workload and member assignments.

1:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m.: Reconciliation of ACRS Comments and Recommendations (Open)—The Committee will discuss the responses from the EDO to comments and recommendations included in recent ACRS reports and letters. The EDO responses are expected to be made available to the Committee prior to the meeting.

2:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.: Preparation of ACRS Reports (Open)—The Committee will discuss proposed ACRS reports.

Saturday, March 6, 2004, Conference Room T-2B3, Two White Flint North, Rockville, Maryland

8:30 a.m.-12 noon: Preparation of ACRS Reports (Open)—The Committee will continue discussion of the proposed ACRS reports.

12 noon-12:30 p.m.: Miscellaneous (Open)—The Committee will discuss matters related to the conduct of Committee activities and matters and specific issues that were not completed during previous meetings, as time and availability of information permit.

Procedures for the conduct of and participation in ACRS meetings were published in the Federal Register on October 16, 2003 (68 FR 59644). In accordance with those procedures, oral or written views may be presented by members of the public, including representatives of the nuclear industry. Electronic recordings will be permitted only during the open portions of the meeting. Persons desiring to make oral statements should notify the Cognizant ACRS staff named below five days before the meeting, if possible, so that appropriate arrangements can be made to allow necessary time during the meeting for such statements. Use of still, motion picture, and television cameras during the meeting may be limited to selected portions of the meeting as determined by the Chairman. Information regarding the time to be set aside for this purpose may be obtained by contacting the Cognizant ACRS staff prior to the meeting. In view of the possibility that the schedule for ACRS meetings may be adjusted by the Chairman as necessary to facilitate the conduct of the meeting, persons planning to attend should check with the Cognizant ACRS staff if such rescheduling would result in major inconvenience.

In accordance with Subsection 10(d) Public Law 92-463, I have determined that it is necessary to close a portion of this meeting noted above to discuss and protect information classified as national security information as well as unclassified safeguards information pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(1) and (3), and Westinghouse proprietary information per 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(c)(4).

Further information regarding topics to be discussed, whether the meeting has been canceled or rescheduled, as well as the Chairman's ruling on requests for the opportunity to present oral statements and the time allotted therefor can be obtained by contacting Mr. Sam Duraiswamy, Cognizant ACRS staff (301-415-7364), between 7:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m., et.

ACRS meeting agenda, meeting transcripts, and letter reports are available through the NRC Public Document Room at pdr@nrc.gov, or by calling the PDR at 1-800-397-4209, or from the Publicly Available Records System (PARS) component of NRC's document system (ADAMS) which is accessible from the NRC Web site at http://www.nrc.gov/​reading-rm/​adams.html or http://www.nrc.gov/​reading-rm/​doc-collections/​ (ACRS & ACNW Mtg schedules/agendas).

Videoteleconferencing service is available for observing open sessions of ACRS meetings. Those wishing to use this service for observing ACRS meetings should contact Mr. Theron Brown, ACRS Audio Visual Technician (301-415-8066), between 7:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m., ET, at least 10 days before the meeting to ensure the availability of this service. Individuals or organizations requesting this service will be responsible for telephone line charges and for providing the equipment and facilities that they use to establish the videoteleconferencing link. The availability of videoteleconferencing services is not guaranteed.

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Dated: February 13, 2004.

Andrew L. Bates,

Advisory Committee Management Officer.

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[FR Doc. 04-3674 Filed 2-19-04; 8:45 am]

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