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STP Nuclear Operating Company, et al. South Texas Project, Units 1 and 2; Notice of Consideration of Approval of Application Regarding Proposed Corporate Restructuring and Opportunity for a Hearing

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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or the Commission) is considering issuance of an order under Section 50.80 of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR) approving the indirect transfer of Facility Operating License Nos. NPF-76 and NPF-80 for South Texas Project (STP), Units 1 and 2, respectively, to the extent held by Texas Genco, LP (Texas Genco).

The June 28, 2005, application requests the consent of the NRC to the proposed indirect transfer of control of the STP, Units 1 and 2, licenses to the extent held by Texas Genco. Texas Genco is a 44 percent owner and non-operating licensee of STP, Units 1 and 2. According to the application, filed by STP Nuclear Operating Company (STPNOC) on behalf of Texas Genco, Texas Genco is indirectly owned by Texas Genco Holdings, Inc., which in turn is wholly owned by Texas Genco LLC. Texas Genco LLC is owned by investment funds affiliated with The Blackstone Group, Hellman & Friedman LLC, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P., and Texas Pacific Group (the Investment Funds) and certain members of the management team (Management owners).

As stated in the application, the ultimate owners of Texas Genco are proposing a corporate restructuring such Start Printed Page 42593that several new entities would be interposed between (i) the Investment Funds and Management owners and (ii) Texas Genco LLC. This proposed restructuring is in anticipation of a proposed initial public offering of a minority interest in Texas Genco Inc. Texas Genco Inc., was incorporated on May 20, 2005, as a wholly-owned subsidiary of another new entity, Texas Genco Sponsor LLC. Immediately prior to the initial public offering, Texas Genco Sponsor LLC and Texas Genco Inc., will form a new limited liability company, Texas Genco Holdings LLC.

Following certain transactions described in the application, and following the initial public offering, Texas Genco Inc., will become the sole managing member of Texas Genco Holdings LLC, and Texas Genco Holdings LLC will become the sole owner of Texas Genco LLC and the indirect owner of licensee Texas Genco, which shall at all times continue to be a licensed owner of STP. According to the application, the Investment Funds and Management owners would control Texas Genco Inc., through their ownership of a majority of the voting power in Texas Genco Inc., and continue to ultimately control Texas Genco.

Pursuant to 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. The Commission 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.

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.

Within 20 days from the date of publication of this notice, 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 C, “Rules of General Applicability: Hearing Requests, Petitions to Intervene, Availability of Documents, Selection of Specific Hearing Procedures, Presiding Officer Powers, and General Hearing Management for NRC Adjudicatory Hearings,” of 10 CFR Part 2. In particular, such requests and petitions must comply with the requirements set forth in 10 CFR 2.309. Untimely requests and petitions may be denied, as provided in 10 CFR 2.309(c)(1), 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 2.309(c)(1)(i)-(viii).

Requests for a hearing and petitions for leave to intervene should be served upon Mr. John E. Matthews, Morgan, Lewis, & Bockius, LLP, 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20004, attorney for STPNOC; Nicholas S. Reynolds, Winston & Strawn LLP, 1700 K Street, NW., Washington, DC 20006-3817, attorney for Texas Genco; the General Counsel, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001 (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 2.302 and 2.305.

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, within 30 days from the date of publication of this notice, persons may submit written comments regarding the license transfer application, as provided 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 June 28, 2005, available for public inspection at the Commission's Public Document Room (PDR), located at One White Flint North, Public File Area O1 F21, 11555 Rockville Pike (first floor), Rockville, Maryland. Publicly available records will be accessible electronically from the Agencywide Documents Access and Management System's (ADAMS) Public Electronic Reading Room on the Internet at the NRC Web site, http://www.nrc.gov/​reading-rm/​adams.html. Persons who do not have access to ADAMS or who encounter problems in accessing the documents located in ADAMS, should contact the NRC PDR Reference staff by telephone at 1-800-397-4209, 301-415-4737 or by e-mail to pdr@nrc.gov.

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Dated at Rockville, Maryland this 18th day of July, 2005.

For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

David H. Jaffe,

Senior Project Manager, Section 1, Project Directorate IV, Division of Licensing Project Management, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.

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[FR Doc. E5-3942 Filed 7-22-05; 8:45 am]

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