Control of Heavy Loads (Generic Letter 80-113)
NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20555
December 22, 1980
TO ALL LICENSEES OF OPERATING PLANTS AND
APPLICANTS FOR OPERATING LICENSES AND
HOLDERS OF CONSTRUCTION PERMITS*
Subject: Control of Heavy Loads
In January 1978, the NRC published NUREG-0410 entitled, "NRC PRogram for the
Resolution of Generic Issues RElated to Nuclear Power Plants - Report to
Congress." As part of this program, the Task Action Plan for Unresolved
Safety Issue Task No. A-36, "Control of Heavy Loads Near Spent Fuel," was
We have completed our review of load handling operations at nuclear power
plants. A report describing the results of this review has been issued as
NUREG-0612, "Control of Heavy Loads at Nuclear Power Plants - Resolution of
TAP A-36." This report contains several recommendations to be implemented
by all licensees and applicants to ensure the safe handling of heavy loads.
The purpose of this letter is to request that you review your controls for
the handling of heavy loads to determine the extent to which the guidelines
of Enclosure 1 are presently satisfied at your facility, and to identify the
changes and modifications that would be required in order to fully satisfy
To expedite your compliance with this request, we have enclosed the
NUREG-0612, "Control of Heavy Loads at Nuclear Power Plants" (Enclosure 1).
Staff Position - Interim Actions for Control of Heavy Loads (Enclosure 2).
Request for Additional Information on Control of Heavy Loads (Enclosure 3).
* With the exception of licensees for Indian Point 2 and 3, Zion 1 and 2
and Three Mile Island 1 (These were previously sent a letter)
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You are requested to implement the interim actions described in Enclosure 2
as soon as possible but no later than 90 days from the date of this letter.
In order to enable the NRC to determine whether operating licenses should be
modified (10 CFR 50.54 (f)), operating reactor licensees are requested to
provide the following:
1. Submit a report documenting the results of your review and the
required changes and modifications. This report should include
the information identified in Sections 2.1 through 2.4 of
Enclosure 3, on how the guidelines of NUREG-0612 will be
satisfied. This report should be submitted in two parts according
to the following schedule:
- Submit the Section 2.1 information within six months
from the date of this letter.
- Submit the Sections 2.2, 2.3 and 2.4 information within
2. Furnish confirmation within six months that implementation of
those changes and modifications you find are necessary will
commence as soon as possible without waiting staff review, so that
all such changes, beyond the above interim actions, will be
completed within two years of submittal of Section 2.4 for the
3. Furnish justification within six months for any changes or
modifications that would be required to fully satisfy the
guidelines of Enclosure 1 which you believe are not necessary.
The criteria in NUREG-0612 are also applicable to applicants for operating
licenses. Such applicants are expected to provide the information requested
by item 1 above and to meet the same schedule of implementation as indicated
in 2 above. Any item for which the implementation date is prior to the
expected date of issuance of an operating license will be considered to be a
prerequisite to obtaining that license.
For any date that cannot be met, furnish a proposed revised date,
justification for the delay, and any planned compensating safety actions
during the interim.
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This request for information was approved by GAO under a blanket clearance
number ROO72 which expires November 30, 1983. Comments on burden and
duplication may be directed to the U.S. General Accounting Office,
Regulatory Reports Review, Room 5106, 441 G Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.
Darrell G. Eisenhut, Director
Division of Licensing
2. Staff Position
3. Request for Additional Information
cc: w/o Enclosure (1)
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