Weekly Information Report - Week Ending August 13, 2010
All past reports can be found in our SECY Collection.
The Weekly Information Report is compiled by the Office of the EDO and includes highlights of Headquarters and Regional Office activities.
Contact: L. Rakovan, OEDO
- Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation
- Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research
- Office of Administration
- Office of Information Services
- Office of Public Affairs
- Office of Secretary
- Office of Congressional Affairs
The following offices had no information for this issue:
- New Reactors
- Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards
- Federal and State Materials and Environmental Management Programs
- Nuclear Security and Incident Response
- Chief Financial Officer
- Human Resources
- Small Business and Civil Rights
- International Programs
- Region I
- Region II
- Region III
- Region IV
- Executive Director for Operations
Issuance of Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, Units 1, 2, and 3, Safety Evaluation Report (SER) with Open Item
On August 6, 2010, the staff issued the SER with Open Item related to the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, Units 1, 2, and 3, (Palo Verde) license renewal application. By letter dated December 11, 2008, and supplemented by letter dated April 14, 2009, Arizona Public Service Company submitted an application requesting an extension of the Palo Verde operating licenses for an additional 20 years. The SER has one open item regarding issues associated with the applicant’s metal fatigue analyses. The staff is scheduled to meet with the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards subcommittee on September 8, 2010, to discuss the SER with Open Item.
Public Meeting with Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) Owners Group
On August 10 and 11, 2010, the staff held a public meeting with representatives of the BWR Owners Group to discuss the Owners Group’s activities to address BWR emergency core cooling system strainer performance in light of lessons learned from Generic Safety Issue 191, Pressurized Water Reactor Sump Performance.
Public Meeting to Discuss Status of 50.46(b) Rulemaking
On August 12, 2010, the staff conducted a public meeting to discuss the status of the 50.46(b) rulemaking and the industry’s project plan to provide plant-specific Emergency Core Cooling Systems safety assessments. These assessments are necessary to confirm current plant safety in light of recent research findings which identified previously unknown embrittlement mechanisms.
Publication of Regulatory Guide (RG) 1.216, “Containment Structural Integrity Evaluation for Internal Pressure Loadings Above Design-Basis Pressure”
On August 10, 2010, RES staff published RG 1.216. This RG describes methods considered by NRC to be satisfactory for predicting the internal pressure capacity for containment structures above the design-basis accident pressure, demonstrating containment structural integrity related to combustible gas control, and demonstrating containment structural integrity through an analysis that specifically addresses the Commission’s performance goals related to the prevention and mitigation of severe accidents. RG 1.216 is available on the NRC Web site at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/reg-guides/power-reactors/rg/.
Publication of Draft Regulatory Guide 1228 (DG-1228) “Standard Format and Content of License Termination Plans for Nuclear Power Reactors”
On August 10, 2010, RES staff issued DG-1228 to provide an opportunity for public comments. The draft guide is a proposed revision 1 of RG 1.179 that describes methods acceptable to the NRC staff for the preparation of license termination plans for nuclear power reactors. DG-1228 is available on the NRC Web site at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/reg-guides/power-reactors/draft-index.html.
Research Operations Management Application
On July 16, 2010, as a result of an 8(a) non-competitive solicitation, a hybrid (time-and-materials and firm-fixed-price) indefinite delivery indefinite quantity contract (NRC-04-10-145) was awarded to KMC, Inc. of McLean, Virginia. The objective of the contract is to provide NRC-wide Research Operations Management Application (ROMA) support, maintenance, and implementation, and ROMA training for NRC offices. The period of performance is July 16, 2010, through July 15, 2011, with a 1-year option period. The total estimated ceiling cost is $950,000.00, inclusive of the option.
Digital Data Management System
On July 16, 2010, a competitive General Services Administration (GSA) schedule order (NRC-DR-21-10-496) was awarded to Avaya Government Solutions of Fairfax, Virginia to provide operations and maintenance support for the Digital Data Management System installations at the Rockville Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) hearing room and the Las Vegas hearing facility. The contractor will also support the application installations in the Consolidated Test Facility, the Test and Acceptance Environment, and/or the Contractor development lab. In addition, the contractor will provide day-to-day hearing support for hearings held at the Rockville ALSB hearing room, the Las Vegas hearing facility, and remote locations or other hearing sites throughout the United States and its territories. The period of performance is September 15, 2010, through September 14, 2011, with four 1-year option periods. The total estimated ceiling cost is $9,164,057.14, inclusive of all options.
Custodial Management Services for White Flint Buildings
On July 28, 2010, as a result of a set-aside for small disadvantaged veteran owned business competitive acquisition, a fixed price contract (NRC-10-10-373) was awarded to Alcazar Trades, Inc. of San Antonio, Texas for custodial management services for the White Flint Complex. The period of performance for this contract consists of a transitional period from August 1, 2010, through August 31, 2010, with the incumbent vendor, and a base period of 6 months from September 1, 2010, through February 28, 2011, with four 1-year option periods. The total estimated ceiling cost is $6,259,053.48, inclusive of options. NRC was notified by the Government Accountability Office on August 11, 2010, that a protest was filed by the incumbent vendor, Proactive LLC.
Contract Oversight and Policy Development Support Services
On August 2, 2010, as a result of a noncompetitive (8a) set aside, a fixed-price contract (NRC-10-10-397) was awarded to Suntiva, LLC of Falls Church, Virginia for contract oversight and policy development support services. The contract period runs from August 2, 2010, to August 1, 2011, with two 1-year option periods. The total estimated ceiling cost is $990,207.00, inclusive of all options.
Long Distance Telecommunications Services
On August 10, 2010, as a result of a competitive GSA Networx Universal requirement, NRC selected MCI Communications Services Inc., doing business as Verizon Business Services, to provide transition service for NRC’s long-distance telecommunications services currently being provided to NRC under the GSA Federal Technology Services 2001 contract. The Office of Information Services will enter into an Interagency Agreement with GSA to provide funding so that GSA can award the order on behalf of the NRC. The order to be awarded by GSA will consist of a base period from the date of award through March 31, 2011, with two 1-year option periods. The total estimated ceiling cost is $8,674,562.97, inclusive of all options.
Verbatim Captioning Services
On August 12, 2010, as a result of a small business set-aside competitive action, a fixed price indefinite delivery indefinite quantity contract (NRC-21-10-498) was awarded to National Capitol Contracting, LLC for on-site captioning, remote captioning, captioning from DVD and electronic transcripts. The period of performance is from August 25, 2010, through August 24, 2011, with two 1-year option periods. The total estimated ceiling cost is $514,561.20, inclusive of options.
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act (PA) Requests Received During the Period of August 6, 2010, through August 12, 2010:
|Special Nuclear Material at George Air Force Base aka Victorville Army Flying School, Victorville, California, index of all records||FOIA/PA-2010-0291|
|Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement for In-Situ Leach Uranium Milling Facilities and site-specific environmental assessments and environmental impact statements for in-situ leaching mining, after May 2009||FOIA/PA-2010-0292|
|Ethics waivers provided at the NRC since January 1, 2001||FOIA/PA-2010-0293|
|Incident involving named individual occurring on December 16, 2009, all records prepared by the Office of the Inspector General||FOIA/PA-2010-0294|
|Incident involving named individual occurring on December 16, 2009, Employee Assistance Program records||FOIA/PA-2010-0295|
|Center for Nuclear Waste Regulatory Analyses, information on Center including contract information||FOIA/PA-2010-0296|
|Office of Investigations report, Callaway Plant incident, March 2006||FOIA/PA-2010-0297|
|Timex Corp., 20650 Valley Green Drive, Cupertino, California, materials license 3351, all records from 1970 to 1989||FOIA/PA-2010-0298|
|Allegation RIV-2008-A-0104, documents between March 5, 2009 and January 7, 2010||FOIA/PA-2010-0299|
|Proposal for the Nuclear Engineering Program, copy||FOIA/PA-2010-0300|
|Ethics waivers and recusal agreements/records issued by NRC from January 1, 2009 to present||FOIA/PA-2010-0301|
|Solicitation RFP-NRC-28-09-518, award no. NRC-28-09-2009, complete copy of winning proposal||FOIA/PA-2010-0302|
|Report by Charles A. Willis, “Prompt Neutron and Gamma Doses from an Accidental Criticality,” as referenced in Reg. Guide 3.34||FOIA/PA-2010-0303|
|Training records on named individual from 1983 to 2000 including Reactor Operator certificate||FOIA/PA-2010-0304|
|Inspector General report on safety concerns at MOX fuel fabrication facility under construction in Aiken, South Carolina, referenced in semi-annual report to Congress (10-01-08 to 03-31-09)||FOIA/PA-2010-0305|
OPA Received Significant Media Inquiries on the Following:
Wildfires that were reportedly threatening a Russian nuclear facility.
An unusual event at Oconee nuclear power plant (South Carolina) that lead to the temporary loss of more than half of the control room annunciators.
Commission votes on waste confidence.
A Freon leak at Susquehanna nuclear power plant (Pennsylvania).
Other Public Affairs Items
OPA asked the Times Press-Recorder for a correction on a Friday story that stated the NRC was expected to announce whether paying for an earthquake study by Potomac Gas & Electric Company was “an appropriate use of ratepayer funds.” The reporter agreed to correct the story to reflect that the NRC is not involved in that matter.
OPA supported public meetings in Idaho on the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Areva Eagle Rock uranium enrichment facility.
|Press Releases Issued|
|10-137||NRC Seeks Public Input on Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Comanche Peak New Reactors; Meetings Scheduled September 21, 2010 (8/9/10)|
|10-038||NRC Seeks Public Input on Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Levy County New Reactors; Meetings Scheduled September 23, 2010 (8/9/10)|
|10-139||Opening Remarks of NRC Chairman Gregory B. Jaczko at Today’s Annual Briefing for the Commission From the Organization of Agreement States and Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (8/12/10)|
|I-10-037||NRC Monitoring ‘Alert’ Declared at Susquehanna Nuclear Power Plant (8/10/10)|
|I-10-038||NRC Assigns New Senior Resident Inspector at R.E. Ginna Nuclear Plant (8/13/10)|
|IV-10-029||NRC to Hold Regulatory Conference with Omaha Public Power District on Ft. Calhoun Nuclear Plant (8/10/10)|
||08/09/10||Final Update of the Commission’s Waste Confidence Decision|
||08/10/10||Reproposed Rule: Medical Use of Byproduct Material – Amendments/Medical Event Definitions (RIN 3150-Al26)|
||08/10/10||Final Update of the Commission’s Waste Confidence Decision|
||8/5/10||Weekly Information Report – Week Ending July 30, 2010|
||8/12/10||Affirmation Session: SECY-10-0088 – U.S. Army Installation Command (Schofield Barracks, Oahu, Hawaii, and Pohakuloa Training Area, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii), Appeal of Isaac D. Harp|
Federal Register Notices Issued
- Establishment of Atomic Safety and Licensing Board, Babcock & Wilcox Nuclear Operations Group, Inc., (Lynchburg, Virginia Facility), Docket No. 70-27EA.