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UNITED STATES NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION OFFICE OF NUCLEAR REACTOR REGULATION WASHINGTON, D.C. 20555 September 13, 1994 NRC ADMINISTRATIVE LETTER 94-13:ACCESS TO NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION BULLETIN BOARD SYSTEMS Addressees All NRC licensees. Purpose The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing this administrative letter to inform addressees of the availability of NRC bulletin boards containing the Standard Technical Specifications, NRC generic communications, and files on several other subjects. This administrative letter does not transmit or imply any new or changed requirements or staff positions. No specific action or written response is required. Discussion NRC operates a bulletin board system (BBS) called Tech Specs Plus. The system contains the following files: the Standard Technical Specifications, (versions reflecting each nuclear steam supply vendor), NRC generic communications, (Bulletins, Generic Letters, Information Notices, Administrative Letters), information on the status of public petitions submitted in accordance with Section 2.206 of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR 2.206), an electronic copy of the NRC Inspection Manual, and daily reports. The daily reports consist of (1) a summary of the operational status for each nuclear power plant, (2) the morning reports from the NRC regional offices and headquarters, and (3) licensee event reports submitted in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72. All documents issued in 1994 include figures and other attachments that in the past were frequently omitted. New users establish their own password when they first log onto the BBS. Therefore, new users do not need to contact the NRC staff to obtain an 9409080011 AL 94-13 September 13, 1994 Page 2 of 2 account. Attachment 1 contains detailed information on accessing and using the system. Although every effort is made to ensure that the information on the BBS is accurate, documents obtained from the BBS are not considered official documents. Every user explicitly acknowledges that all information obtained from the BBS is provided "as-is" without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose and that the entire risk of acting on information obtained from the BBS, including the entire cost of all necessary remedies, is with those who choose to act on such information and not the operators of the BBS. NRC also operates the Enhanced Participatory Rulemaking BBS. This system has (1) the text of the decommissioning release criteria rulemaking and associated background documents and (2) public comments on this rulemaking. The telephone number for connecting by modem to the system is 800-880-6091. Comments on the rulemaking may be posted on the system as a message or uploaded onto the system as a file. NRC plans to expand this system to include all active NRC rulemaking activities. The NRC staff plans to move the files on the Tech Specs Plus BBS and the Rulemakng BBS to subsystems of FEDWORLD, the Federal Government bulletin board system operated by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS). This move will give users more telephone lines for access, higher file transfer rates (up to 19,200 baud), and access through INTERNET. When this move is completed, NRC will issue a supplement to this administrative letter to describe how to use the new system. This administrative letter requires no specific action or written response. If you have any questions about this letter, please contact one of the contacts listed below or the appropriate Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation (NRR) project manager. original signed by Brian K. Grimes, Director Division of Operating Reactor Support Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation Contacts: Andrew J. Kugler, NRR (301) 504-2828 Thomas G. Dunning, NRR (301) 504-1189 Kevin Ramsey, NMSS (301) 415-7887 Attachments: 1. Tech Specs Plus Bulletin Board System Basics 2. List of Recently Issued NRC Administrative Letters Attachment 1 AL 94-13 September 13, 1994 Page 1 of 1 TECH SPECS PLUS BULLETIN BOARD SYSTEM BASICS The telephone numbers for connecting by modem to the system are 800-679-5784 and 301-504-1778. The system will interface with almost any telecommunications software. Before dialing, users should set their communications parameters as follows: bits/character - 8 parity - N number of stop bits - 1 full duplex ANSI BBS terminal emulation (optional); if not available, choose none Users should know (1) the protocol their telecommunications software will use for downloading files and (2) the command(s) necessary to initiate a file transfer using their software. Files may be transferred at a rate of up to 9600 baud. The STS files on the system may be listed by the nuclear steam supply system vendor (e.g., General Electric, Westinghouse). The files for each vendor are subdivided by sections and subsections just as they are in the paper copy of the technical specifications. The system includes generic communications files in two basic groups: (1) those issued during 1994 are provided as individual files and (2) those issued before 1994 are combined into one file for each type and year. For instance, Information Notice 94-48 is an individual file (IN-94-48.ZIP) while all of the information notices issued in 1992 are in one file (IN-1992.ZIP). The directories for the files may be listed by the type of generic communication (administrative letters, bulletins, generic letters, and information notices) and by the type of licensee affected (e.g., power reactors, materials and medical licensees). BULLETIN.ZIP is a useful file containing all of the "system bulletins" that describe how to use the system. If you have questions about the generic communications files, call Andy Kugler (301-504-2828). If you have questions about other files or system problems (such as access and downloading), call the BBS system operators: Tom Dunning (301-504-1189) and Chris Hoxie (301-504-3138).
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