Standard Review Plan for Spent Fuel Dry Storage Facilities (NUREG-1567)
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Manuscript Completed: February 2000
Date Published: March 2000
Spent Fuel Project Office
Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, D.C. 20555-0001
The Standard Review Plan for Spent Fuel Dry Storage Facilities (FSRP) provides guidance to the staff of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for reviewing applications for license approval or renewal for commercial independent spent fuel storage installations (ISFSIs). An ISFSI may be co-located with a reactor or may be away from a reactor site. These installations may be designed for the storage of irradiated nuclear fuel and associated radioactive materials.
The U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 10, Chapter 1, Part 72, Subpart B, specifies information required to be submitted in applications for license approval and renewal for ISFSIs. Regulatory Guide (RG) 3.48, "Standard Format and Content for the Safety Analysis Report for an Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation" provides an outline and specific guidance regarding the information to be included in an applicant's safety analysis report (SAR). This standard review plan is intended to ensure the quality and uniformity of the NRC staff reviews by establishing the review scope and requirements.
The FSRP uses a basic outline defined by RG 3.48, modified based on staff experience with SAR reviews. The modified outline will be used for the related safety evaluation report (SER) prepared by the NRC staff in response to the applicant's SAR. The FSRP includes regulatory requirements, staff positions, references to applicable national and other industry standards and codes, acceptance criteria, guidance on preparation of the SER, and other guidance.
In conjunction with the FSRP, the Spent Fuel Project Office (SFPO) developed several SFPO Director's Interim Staff Guidance (ISG) documents. These ISGs were developed to address emerging issues for which interim guidance was needed. Current ISGs are available on the NRC website. Although the FSRP was revised to incorporate most of these ISGs, ISG guidance will continue to be developed when required. The FSRP will be revised periodically to reflect current guidance to the staff.
Comments are solicited on this document and applicable ISGs. The comments will be considered and incorporated into updates to the FSRP, as appropriate. Comments, errors or omissions, and suggestions for improvement should be sent to the Director, Spent Fuel Project Office, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards, Mail Stop O-13D13, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, D.C. 20555-0001.