Resolution of Generic Safety Issues: Item B-1: Environmental Technical Specifications ( NUREG-0933, Main Report with Supplements 1–34 2)
Current NRC regulations and practice require that certain operating requirements (Technical Specifications) be made part of each operating license. These Technical Specifications comprise an Appendix A which deals with safety features
and an Appendix B which deals with environmental concerns. The non-radiological portion of Appendix B is traditionally derived from information in the FES and other relevant sources. They are proposed by the applicant and reviewed and approved by the staff on a case-by-case basis. Based on several years of staff experience with facility licensing and a better understanding of EPA and NRC responsibilities in the area of water quality regulation, it is believed that the development of Standardized Environmental Technical Specifications (SETS) is appropriate and will result in: (1) more efficient use of staff and applicant resources, and (2) more uniform requirements and performance standards for licensees. This NUREG-04712 task will include development of ETS for three scheduled plants, Three Mile Island 2 and McGuire 1 and 2, to be used as models for the development of SETS, and coordination with the Advisory Committee on Standardized Environmental Technical Specifications and with the Office of Standards Development in the development of Regulatory Guide 1.48.221 The final product will be SETS published either as a NUREG report or as part of Regula-tory Guide 1.48.221
A memorandum on the subject addressed in this issue was sent to several Office Directors from the Director, NRR, on April 14, 1980 with an example of an application to a specific plant. The standard environmental protection plan developed has been applied to a number of operating nuclear power plants and implementation for additional plants is contemplated.412 Thus, this Environmental issue has been resolved.