Carolina Power & Light Company (CP&L, the licensee) and North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency are the owners of Brunswick Steam Electric Plant (Brunswick), Units 1 and 2, including Brunswick Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI). With respect to their ownership, they are coholders of Renewed Facility Operating License Nos. DPR-71 and DPR-62. The Brunswick facility consists of two General Electric boiling water reactors and an ISFSI located in Brunswick County, North Carolina. The facility operating licenses authorize CP&L to possess, use, and operate the Brunswick facility.
By application dated March 30, 2011 (Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS) Accession No. ML11110A031), as supplemented by letter dated September 2, 2011 (ADAMS Accession No. ML11255A129) (collectively hereinafter referred to as the application), the licensee requested, pursuant to Section 184 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, and Section 50.80 of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC, the Commission) consent to the proposed indirect transfer of control of the facility operating licenses for Brunswick, to the extent held by CP&L. The proposed indirect transfer of control of the licenses results from the proposed corporate merger between Progress Energy, Inc. (Progress Energy) and Duke Energy Corporation (Duke Energy). Progress Energy is CP&L's ultimate parent corporation. As part of the transaction, Progress Energy will merge with Diamond Acquisition Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Duke Energy. Progress Energy will be the surviving entity and will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Duke Energy. Progress Energy will become an intermediate parent corporation of CP&L.
The ownership interest in Brunswick held by CP&L is 81.67 percent and that held by North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency is 18.33 percent. CP&L is the sole operator of Brunswick. The proposed indirect transfer of control of the Brunswick operating licenses will not result in any change in the role of the CP&L as the licensed operator and owner of the Brunswick facility and will not result in any changes to its financial qualifications, decommissioning funding assurance, or technical qualifications. CP&L will retain the requisite qualifications to own and operate the licensed facility. North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency is not involved in the proposed transaction and will continue to own 18.33 percent of the Brunswick facility.
Approval of the indirect transfer of control of the facility operating licenses was requested by CP&L. A notice entitled, “Notice of Consideration of Approval of Application for Indirect License Transfers Resulting from the Proposed Merger Between Progress Energy, Inc., and Duke Energy Corporation, and Opportunity for Hearing,” was published in the Federal Register on August 30, 2011 (76 FR 53970). No comments or hearing requests were received.
Pursuant to 10 CFR 50.80(a), no license, or any right thereunder, shall be transferred, directly or indirectly, through transfer of control of the license, unless the NRC shall give its consent in writing. Upon review of the information in the application, and other information before the Commission, and relying on the representations in the application, the NRC staff has determined that the proposed indirect transfer of control of the Brunswick licenses to the extent held by CP&L, to the extent affected by the proposed corporate merger between Progress Energy and Duke Energy Corporation, will not affect the qualifications of CP&L as holder of the Brunswick licensees, and is otherwise consistent with the applicable provisions of law, regulations, and orders issued by the NRC, pursuant thereto. The findings set forth above are Start Printed Page 77025supported by a safety evaluation dated December 2, 2011.
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, respectively); and 10 CFR 50.80, it is hereby ordered that the application regarding the indirect license transfers related to the proposed merger is approved.
It is further ordered that after receipt of all required regulatory approvals associated with the proposed indirect transfer action, CP&L shall inform the Director of the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation in writing of the date of the closing of the corporate merger of Progress Energy and Duke Energy. Should the indirect transfer of control of the licenses not be completed by December 2, 2012, this Order shall become null and void, provided, however, upon written application and good cause shown, such date may be extended by order of the Commission.
This Order is effective upon issuance.
For further details with respect to this Order, see the initial application dated March 30, 2011, as supplemented by letter dated September 2, 2011, and the Safety Evaluation dated December 2, 2011, which are available for public inspection at the Commission's Public Document Room (PDR), located at One White Flint North, Public File Area 01 F21, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland. Publicly available documents created or received at the NRC are accessible electronically through ADAMS at 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 email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 2nd day of December 2011.
For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Michele G. Evans,
Director, Division of Operating Reactor Licensing, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.
[FR Doc. 2011-31628 Filed 12-8-11; 8:45 am]
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