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Final Interim Staff Guidance DC/COL-ISG-03: Probabilistic Risk Assessment Information To Support Design Certification and Combined License Applications

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission.


Interim staff guidance; withdrawal.


The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is withdrawing its Final Interim Staff Guidance (ISG) DC/COL-ISG-03, “Probabilistic Risk Assessment Information to Support Design Certification and Combined License Applications.” This ISG served to supplement the guidance provided to the staff in Section 19.0, “Probabilistic Risk Assessment and Severe Accident Evaluation for New Reactors,” of NUREG-0800, “Standard Review Plan for the Review of Safety Analysis Reports for Nuclear Power Plants: LWR Edition,” concerning the review of probabilistic risk assessment information and severe accident assessment submitted to support design certification (DC) and combined license (COL) applications. The NRC staff issues ISG to facilitate timely implementation of current staff guidance and to facilitate activities associated with review of applications for DC and COLs by the Office of New Reactors. The NRC staff incorporated the approved DC/COL-ISG into Revision 3 to Section 19.0 of NUREG-0800 dated December 2015. With the issuance of Revision 3 to Section 19.0 of NUREG-0800, the staff has determined that DC/COL-ISG-03 is no longer necessary and should be withdrawn.


The date of the withdrawal of Final Interim Staff Guidance DC/COL-ISG-03 is May 17, 2019.


Please refer to Docket ID: NRC-2008-0089 when contacting the NRC about the availability of information regarding this document. You may obtain publicly-available information related to this document using any of the following methods:

  • Federal Rulemaking Website: Go to and search for Docket ID NRC-2008-0089. Address questions about Docket IDs in to Jennifer Borges; telephone: 301-287-9221; email: For technical questions, contact the individual listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document.
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Mr. George Wunder, Office of the New Reactors, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC, 20555-0001; telephone 301-415-1494 or email at

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On June 11, 2008, as noticed in the Federal Register (73 FR 34347), the staff issued Final Interim Staff Guidance (ISG) DC/COL-ISG-03, “Probabilistic Risk Assessment Information to Support Design Certification and Combined License Applications” (ADAMS Accession No. ML081430047). This document is being withdrawn because on January 21, 2016, the staff issued Revision 3 to Section 19.0 of NUREG-0800 incorporating the guidance of DC/COL-ISG-03 (ADAMS Accession No. ML15085A093) and, therefore, superseding it. Therefore, as of the date of this notice, DC/COL-ISG-03 is withdrawn.

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Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 14th day of May 2019.

For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Jennivine K. Rankin,

Acting Branch Chief, Licensing Branch 3, Division of Licensing, Siting, and Environmental Analysis, Office of New Reactors.

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[FR Doc. 2019-10319 Filed 5-16-19; 8:45 am]