ML23275A014

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SLRA - Acceptance and Opportunity for Hearing - Letter
ML23275A014
Person / Time
Site: Summer South Carolina Electric & Gas Company icon.png
Issue date: 10/11/2023
From: Mary Johnson, Beverly Smith
NRC/NRR/DNRL/NLRP
To: Carr E
Dominion Energy South Carolina
References
Download: ML23275A014 (6)


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October 11, 2023 Eric S. Carr President - Nuclear Operations and Chief Nuclear Officer Innsbrook Technical Center 5000 Dominion Boulevard Glen Allen, VA 23060-6711

SUBJECT:

VIRGIL C. SUMMER NUCLEAR STATION, UNIT NO. 1 DETERMINATION OF ACCEPTABILITY AND SUFFICIENCY FOR DOCKETING, PROPOSED REVIEW SCHEDULE, AND OPPORTUNITY FOR A HEARING REGARDING DOMINION ENERGY SOUTH CAROLINA, INC., APPLICATION FOR SUBSEQUENT LICENSE RENEWAL

Dear Eric S. Carr:

By letter dated August 17, 2023 (Agencywide Documents Access and Management System Accession No. ML23233A175), Dominion Energy South Carolina, Inc. (DESC or the applicant),

on behalf of itself and Santee Cooper, submitted an application for subsequent license renewal of Renewed Facility Operating License No. NPF 12 for Virgil C. Summer Nuclear Station, Unit No. 1 (V.C. Summer) to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

By letter dated September 5, 2023 (ML23235A043), and Federal Register Notice (FRN)

(ML23235A042, 88 FR 62409) dated September 11, 2023, the NRC noted the receipt and availability of this application.

The NRC staff reviewed your application following the guidance in NUREG-2192, Revision 0, Standard Review Plan for Review of Subsequent License Renewal Applications for Nuclear Power Plants, and NUREG-1555, Supplement 1, Revision 1, Standard Review Plans for Environmental Reviews for Nuclear Power Plants, to determine if the application is sufficient and acceptable for docketing in accordance with Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR) 2.101, Filing of application, 51.45, Environmental report, 51.53(c),

Postconstruction environmental reports, 54.19, Contents of application--general information, 54.21, Contents of application--technical information, 54.22, Contents of application--technical specifications, and 54.23, Contents of application--environmental information. The acceptance review is intended to identify whether the application is reasonably complete and conforms to the timing and information requirements in applicable regulations.

Based on the results of the NRC staffs sufficiency review, the NRC staff has concluded that the application is acceptable for docketing. The staffs determination that the application is acceptable for docketing does not preclude requests for additional information or topic specific audits. Additionally, the determination to accept the application for docketing does not constitute a determination that a renewed operating license should be issued. During the NRC staffs detailed technical review, there may be instances identified in which issues that impact the NRC staffs ability to complete the detailed technical review are identified. You will be advised of any

E. Carr further information needed to support the NRC staffs detailed technical review by separate correspondence.

This letter also forwards the NRC staffs projected review schedule for the V.C. Summer subsequent license renewal application (SLRA) (Enclosure 1). The NRC staff will follow established review procedures and the enclosed schedule to complete the reviews required by 10 CFR Parts 51, Environmental Protection Regulations for Renewal of Operating Licenses for Nuclear Power Functions, and Part 54, Requirements for Renewal of Operating Licenses for Nuclear Power Plants. Based on the information provided in your submittal and discussions during the pre-application meetings, the NRC staff has estimated that review of this SLRA will take approximately 20,000 hours0 days <br />0 hours <br />0 weeks <br />0 months <br /> to complete. These hours include both staff and contractor hours. If there are emergent complexities or challenges in our review that would cause changes to the initial forecasted completion date or significant changes in the forecasted hours, the reasons for the changes, along with the new estimates will be communicated via separate correspondence. Milestones for hearing activities that may be needed are not included in the enclosed schedule because these dates, if needed, would be established by the Commission or the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board.

The NRC staffs review schedule relies on your responses to the NRC staff's requests for additional information, if needed, being of high quality and provided in a timely manner. A timely response is defined as 30 days from the date of the request, or within such other time as may be specified in the request in accordance with 10 CFR 2.108, Denial of application for failure to supply information. You should also be prepared to provide high quality support in a timely and organized manner during technical audits determined necessary by the NRC staff. Delays in NRC staffs receipt of necessary information could result in changes to the plan for evaluating and processing your application, up to and including the denial of your application in accordance with the regulations or a significant delay in the schedule based on the overall workload for the NRC staff involved in the review. We request that you inform the NRC staff in writing as early as possible should potential delays arise in your support of the schedule. The NRC staffs goal is to complete the review in 22 months provided that V.C. Summer addresses the staffs information needs in a timely manner.

Finally, we have also enclosed a copy of the notice related to your application that is being sent to the Office of the Federal Register for publication (Enclosure 2). This notice announces the opportunity to request a hearing and to file a petition for leave to intervene.

E. Carr If you have any questions on this matter, please contact Marieliz Johnson, Project Manager, for the safety review of the V.C. Summer SLRA at Marieliz.Johnson@nrc.gov, or Kim Conway, Project Manager, for the environmental review at Kimberly.Conway@nrc.gov.

Sincerely,

/RA/

Brian W. Smith, Director Division of New and Renewed Licenses Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation Docket No: 50-395

Enclosures:

1. Review Schedule
2. Copy of Federal Register Notice cc w/encls: Summer Listserv

Package: ML23275A010 Letter: ML23275A014 FRN: ML23275A013 *eConcurrence via email NRR-106 OFFICE PM/NLRP/DNRL LA/NRLB/DNRL PM/ERLRB/REFS OGC (NLO)

NAME MJohnson SGreen KConway Sherwin Turk DATE 10/2/2023 10/2/2023 10/2/2023 10/10/2023 OFFICE BC/ERLRB/REFS BC/NLRP/DNRL D/DNRL NAME TSmith LGibson BSmith DATE 10/10/2023 10/10/2023 10/11/2023 VIRGIL C. SUMMER NUCLEAR GENERATING PLANT, UNIT 1 SUBSEQUENT LICENSE RENEWAL APPLICATION REVIEW SCHEDULE Milestone Scheduled Actual Receive Subsequent License Renewal Application (SLRA) 8/2023 8/17/2023 Publish Federal Register Notice (FRN) - SLRA Availability 9/2023 9/11/2023 Publish FRN - Docketing Acceptance/Rejection and Opportunity 10/2023 for Hearing Publish FRN - Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental 10/2023 Impact Statement and Conduct Scoping Public Meeting - Overview of Subsequent License Renewal 11/2023 Process and Environmental Scoping Environmental Scoping Period Ends 11/2023 Deadline for Filing Hearing Requests and Petitions for Intervention 12/2023 Issue Draft Site-Specific Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) 11/2024 Public Meeting - Draft EIS Meeting 12/2024 End of Draft EIS Comment Period 1/2025 Issue Safety Evaluation Report 1/2025 Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards Full Committee 3/2025 Meeting Issue Final EIS 6/2025 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency FRN 6/2025 Published - Availability of Final EIS Decision - Director, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation 8/2025 Enclosure 1

Copy of the Draft Federal Register Notice of VIRGIL C. SUMMER NUCLEAR STATION, UNIT 1 -

Determination of Acceptability and Sufficiency for Docketing, Proposed Review Schedule, and Opportunity for a Hearing Regarding the Dominion Energy South Carolina, Inc. Application for Subsequent License Renewal ADAMS Accession No. ML23275A013 Enclosure 2