Early Site Permits, Standard Design Certifications, and Combined Licenses for Nuclear Power Plants (Licenses, Certifications and Approvals for Nuclear Power Plants)

Docket ID: NRC-2001-0010
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
The final rule amends the Commission's requirements for early site permits, standard design certifications, combined licenses for nuclear power plants, and for other licensing processes. The amendments are based on the NRC staff's experience with the previous design certification reviews and on discussions with stakeholders about the early site permit (ESP), design certification, and combined license (COL) processes. This action is expected to improve the effectiveness of the licensing processes for future applicants. The rulemaking also would make conforming clarifications and corrections to the NRC's regulations. The NRC has reorganized 10 CFR part 52 to establish a separate section for each of the licensing processes currently described in 10 CFR part 52 (early site permits, standard design certifications, standard design approvals, combined licenses, and manufacturing licenses). The purpose of this reorganization is to clarify that each licensing process has equal standing. The NRC has retitled 10 CFR part 52 as "Licenses, Certifications and Approvals for Nuclear Power Plants" to clarify that the licensing processes in 10 CFR part 52 are in addition to and supplement the two-step licensing process in 10 CFR part 50 and the license renewal process in 10 CFR part 54 and are not limited to the early site permit, standard design certification, and combined license processes as the current title implies. This rulemaking subsumed the rulemaking "Standardized Plant Designs, Early Review of Sites Suitability Issues; Clarifying Amendments" (RIN 3150-AE25) that would remove redundant appendices from part 50. The part 52 rulemaking plan (SECY-98-282) was approved by the Commission on January 14, 1999. As a result of the comments received and a number of other factors, the Commission decided that a substantial rewrite and expansion of the original rulemaking would be necessary to ensure that the entire body of NRC regulations is able to support the Agency's licensing and regulation of future nuclear power facilities under part 52.
RIN: 3150-AG24
Impacts and Effects: Energy
CFR Citation: 10 CFR 1; 10 CFR 2; 10 CFR 10; 10 CFR 19,10 CFR 20; 10 CFR 21; 10 CFR 25; 10 CFR 26,10 CFR 50; 10 CFR 51; 10 CFR 52; 10 CFR 54,10 CFR 55; 10 CFR 72; 10 CFR 73,10 CFR 75; 10 CFR 95; 10 CFR 140,10 CFR 170
Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant
UA and Regulatory Plan Information open glossary dialog  
Publication Period: Fall 2007
Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Action
Major Rule: No
Legal Authorities: 42 USC 2201, 42 USC 5841
Legal Deadlines: None
Government Levels Affected: No
Federalism Implications: No
Unfunded Mandates: No
Requires Regulatory Flexibility Analysis: No
Small Entities Affected: No
Included in Regulatory Plan: No
ActionDateFR Citation
NPRM07/03/200368 FR 40025
NPRM Comment Period End09/16/2003
Second NPRM03/13/200671 FR 12781
Second NPRM Comment Period End05/30/2006
Supplemental NPRM10/17/200671 FR 61330
Supplemental NPRM Comment Period End11/16/2006
Final Rule08/28/200772 FR 49352
Final Rule Effective09/27/2007
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Related RINs: None
Related Dockets: None
Keyword(s): 10 CFR Part 52, ESP, COL
Type: Rulemaking

Primary Documents

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Comment Period Closed
Nov 16, 2006 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 10/17/2006
ID: NRC-2001-0010-0035
Comment Period Closed
May 30, 2006 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 03/13/2006
ID: NRC-2001-0010-0012
Comment Period Closed
Sep 16, 2003 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 07/03/2003
ID: NRC-2001-0010-0056
Comment Period Closed
Nov 11, 2001 11:59 PM ET
Posted: 09/27/2001
ID: NRC-2001-0010-0055
Comments Not Accepted
Posted: 06/03/2008
ID: NRC-2001-0010-0054

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Agency Contact
Nanette Giles
301 415-1180
Office of New Reactors
Washington, DC 20555-0001
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