United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Licensing Requirements for Pending Construction Permit and Manufacturing License Applications (Generic Letter 81-26)



                                JUL 14, 1981 


TO ALL APPLICANTS WITH PENDING CONSTRUCTION PERMITS AND MANUFACTURING 
LICENSE APPLICATIONS 

SUBJECT:  LICENSING REQUIREMENTS FOR PENDING CONSTRUCTION PERMIT AND 
          MANUFACTURING LICENSE APPLICATIONS 

Gentlemen: 

Following the accident at Three Mile Island Unit 2 on March 29, 1979, the 
NRC, other governmental organizations and the industry made extensive 
studies to identify those actions that are needed to address the lessons 
learned from the accident. A complete set of TMI-related actions is included 
in NUREG-0660, "NRC Action Plan Developed as a Result of the TMI-2 
Accident," which was published in May 1980. Those action items in NUREG-0660 
that the Commission has approved for implementation by existing and new 
operating licensees are identified in NUREG-0737, "Clarification of TMI 
Action Plan Requirements." 

As you know, the staff has been developing a list of TMI-related actions 
that it believes are needed for pending construction permits and 
manufacturing license applications. The results of these efforts are set 
forth in Enclosure 1, a proposed amendment to 10 CFR Part 50 entitled 
"Lincensing Requirements for Pending Construction Permit and Manufacturing 
License Applications," dated July 10, 1981, and in the enclosed NUREG-0718, 
Revision 1. 

The proposed amendment to Part 50 is now before the Commission for consider-
ation. Pending further Commission guidance, the Commission authorized the 
staff to proceed with a review of applications on the basis of the positions
contained in the proposed amendment and NUREG-0718, Revision 1. 

Accordingly, it is the staff position that conformance by applicants with 
the enclosed proposed amendments to 10 CFR Part 50, together with the 
existing regulations, will permit the staff to conclude that the issuance of 
a Construction Permit or Manufacturing License will not be inimical to the 
common defense and security or the health and safety of the public. 
Applicants should provide 

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complete responses to all items discussed in the proposed amendment to 
enable the staff to complete its reviews of pending Construction Permit and 
Manufacturing License applications and publish Safety Evaluation Reports 
regarding the TMI- related actions. 

                              Sincerely, 


                              Darrell G. Eisenhut, Director 
                              Division of Licensing 
                              Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation 

Enclosures:
1.   Proposed Amdt to 10 CFR Pt 50
       "Licensing Reqmts for Pending
       Construction Permit and Manu-
       facturing License Applications
2.   NUREG-0718, Rev. 1
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