Issued Design Certification - ABWR Amendment

On July 13, 1994, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued the final design approval (FDA), along with the "Final Safety Evaluation Report (FSER) related to certification of the Advanced Boiling Water Reactor Design" (NUREG-1503). On May 12, 1997, the NRC issued the final design certification rule (DCR) for the Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) design in the Federal Register (62 FR 25800). Applicants or licensees intending to construct and operate a plant based on the ABWR design may do so by referencing its DCR, as set forth in Appendix A to Title 10, Part 52, of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR Part 52, Appendix A).

By letter dated June 30, 2009, South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company (STPNOC) submitted an application to amend the ABWR DCR of the ABWR design control document (DCD). The purpose of this amendment is to demonstrate compliance to the requirements in 10 CFR 50.150, the Commission's new aircraft impact rule.

On October 14, 2010, the NRC issued the "Final Safety Evaluation Report Related to the Aircraft Impact Amendment to the U.S. Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) Design Certification" (NUREG-1948). On December 16, 2011, the NRC issued the Final Rule for the U.S. Advanced Boiling Water Reactor Aircraft Impact Design Certification Amendment in the Federal Register (76 FR 78096).

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