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Southern California Edison Company; San Diego Gas and Electric Company; the Cities of Riverside and Anaheim, CA; San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, Units 2 and 3; Notice of Consideration of Approval of Transfer Facility Operating Licenses and Conforming Amendments and Opportunity for a Hearing

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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (the Commission) is considering the issuance of an order under 10 CFR 50.80 approving the direct transfer of the Facility Operating Licenses, which are numbered NPF-10 and NPF-15, for the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, Units 2 and 3 (SONGS 2 and 3), currently held by Southern California Edison Company (SCE), San Diego Gas and Electric Company, the City of Riverside, California, and the City of Anaheim, California (Anaheim), as owners; and Southern California Edison Company as licensed operator of SONGS 2 and 3. The request is to transfer Anaheim's 3.16 percent undivided ownership interest in SONGS 2 and 3 to SCE, excluding Anaheim's interest in its spent fuel and in the SONGS 2 and 3 independent spent fuel storage installation (ISFSI). The Commission is also considering amending the license for administrative purposes to reflect the proposed transfer.

According to the application for approval filed by SCE, acting on behalf of itself and Anaheim, SCE would acquire Anaheim's 3.16 percent ownership interest in the facility, excluding Anaheim's interest in its spent fuel and in the SONGS 2 and 3 ISFSI located on the SONGS site, following approval of the proposed license transfer. SCE would retain exclusive responsibility for the operation and maintenance of SONGS 2 and 3.

No physical changes to the SONGS 2 and 3 facility or operational changes are being proposed in the application.

The proposed amendments would state that the City of Anaheim has transferred its ownership interests in the facility, and entitlement to generating output, to Southern California Edison Company, except that it retains its ownership interests in its spent nuclear fuel and the facility's ISFSI located on the facility's site. In addition, the proposed amendments would state that the City of Anaheim retains financial responsibility for its spent fuel and for a portion of the facility's decommissioning costs, and it remains a licensee for the purposes of its retained interests and liabilities.

Pursuant to 10 CFR 50.80, no license, or any right thereunder, shall be transferred, directly or indirectly, through transfer of control of the licenses, unless the Commission shall give its consent in writing. The Commission will approve an application for the direct transfer of the licenses, if the Commission determines that the proposed transferee is qualified to hold the licenses, 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 which does no more than conform the license to reflect the transfer action involves no significant hazards consideration and 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.

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 Douglas K. Porter, 2244 Walnut Grove Avenue, Rosemead, CA 91770, telephone number: 626-302-3964; the General Counsel, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001 (e-mail address 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 Start Printed Page 33322hearing 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 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 March 10, 2006, as supplemented by the electronic mail from the licensee dated May 16, 2006, 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, or 301-415-4737 or by e-mail to pdr@nrc.gov.

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Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 30th day of May 2006.

For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

N. Kalyanam,

Project Manager, Plant Licensing Branch IV, Division of Operating Reactor Licensing, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.

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[FR Doc. E6-8922 Filed 6-7-06; 8:45 am]

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