United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Reporting Requirements of 10 CFR Part 50, Sections 50.72 and 50.73, and Standard Technical Specifications (Generic Letter No. 83-43)


                               UNITED STATES 
                       NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION 
                          WASHINGTON.  D.C. 20555 
                                     
                             December 19, 1983 

TO ALL LICENSEES AND APPLICANTS FOR OPERATING POWER REACTORS AND HOLDERS OF 
CONSTRUCTION PERMITS FOR POWER REACTORS 

Gentlemen: 

Subject:  Reporting Requirements of 10 CFR Part 50, Sections 50.72 and 
          50.73, and Standard Technical Specifications (Generic Letter No.  
          83-43) 

Section 50.72 of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations has recently 
been revised and will become effective January 1, 1984.  A new Section 50.73
of Title 10 of the Code of the Federal Regulations has recently been added 
and it will also become effective January 1, 1984.  Section 50.72 revises 
the immediate notification requirements for operating nuclear power 
reactors. The new Section 50.73 provides for a revised Licensee Event Report 
System. Copies of each of these sections to 10 CFR Part 50 are enclosed for 
your information. 

Since paragraph (g) of Section 50.73 specifically states that: "the 
requirements contained in this section replace all existing requirements for
licensees to report 'Reportable Occurrences' as defined in individual plant 
Technical Specifications," the reporting requirements incorporated into the 
"Administrative Controls" section of your facility's technical 
specifications, may require modification.  Also, the definition "Reportable 
Occurrence" may need to be replaced by a new term, "Reportable Event." We 
will make these changes in the current version of Standard Technical 
Specifications (STS) for all nuclear power reactor vendors and in the 
technical specifications for plants not yet licensed. 

Enclosed are model technical specification in STS format showing the 
revisions which you should make in the "Administrative Control" and 
"Definitions" sections of your facility's technical specifications to 
implement these regulation changes.  Other conforming changes to your 
technical specifications will be required to reflect the revised reporting 
requirements.  For example, technical specifications requiring a Licensee 
Event Report rather than a Special Report for operating conditions where the
specific activity limits of the reactor coolant are exceeded should be 
changed to reflect the need for a Special 




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Report rather than a Licensee Event Report within 30 days with the stated 
information requested in the requirements.  Some technical specifications 
currently require Special Reports or other routine, reporting of events in 
lieu of a Licensee Event Report.  Such reports are still required but the 
technical specification wording will need revision.  These changes, where 
applicable, should also be included in your amendment request to modify your
technical specifications.  We will incorporate these changes, where 
applicable, in our next revision to the Standard Technical Specifications 
for all nuclear power reactor vendors. 

Because this change to the technical specifications is clarifying and made 
at the request of the Commission, you are not required to remit a license 
fee for the change. 

This request has been approved by OMB Clearance Number 3150-0011, which 
expires April 30, 1985. 

                           Sincerely, 


                           Darrell G. Eisenhut, Director 
                           Division of Licensing 

Enclosures: 
1.   Revisions to STS Reporting Requirements, in Section 1.0, "Definitions," and Section 6.0, "Administrative Controls" 
2.   Revised Section 10 CFR Part 50.72 
3.   New Section 10 CFR Part 50.73 
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