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Section 50.59 of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s regulations allows a nuclear power plant to make changes related to its updated final safety analysis report (UFSAR) without a license amendment, provided the changes do not trip any of the eight criteria in 10 CFR 50.59(c). The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) has issued guidance (NEI 96-07) for implementing 10 CFR 50.59, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) endorsed that guidance in Regulatory Guide 1.187.

On December 20, the NRC’s Office of the General Counsel (OGC) issued a memorandum to the Committee to Review Generic Requirements (CRGR) summarizing key policy recommendations contained in COMSECY-16-0020 (“Recommendation on Revision of Guidance Concerning Consideration of Cost and Applicability of Compliance Exception to Backfit Rule”).

On December 15, the NRC Staff met with stakeholders to clarify its plans to develop over the next five years a process to review advanced reactors’ designs. This is one of a series of meetings that the NRC has initiated as it navigates a multiyear path toward being capable of licensing non-light-water reactors.
On December 1, our Washington, DC, office hosted an all-day roundtable where Morgan Lewis lawyers, in-house counsel, and business leaders from companies involved in nuclear energy decommissioning met to discuss key issues and best practices for large nuclear decommissioning projects.
Employers, including those in the energy industry, should note that on November 22, a judge in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a preliminary injunction halting on a national basis all but a few parts of the US Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) salary basis requirement for the primary overtime exemptions that were scheduled to take effect December 1.
The November 8 US presidential election results will bring new faces and policies to the energy world in January 2017 when the 115th Congress convenes and President-Elect Donald Trump and Vice President–Elect Mike Pence are sworn into office.
On November 16, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or Commission) held a public meeting at its headquarters to discuss rulemaking activity and public views on the role of third parties in licensee access authorization and fitness-for-duty determinations.
On November 9, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Staff held a public meeting to discuss how the NRC plans to optimize the safety review process applicable to subsequent license renewal (SLR) applications—the third such public meeting on this important topic.
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) announced on November 7 a number of changes to the NRC Enforcement Policy (Policy). This Policy update involves a significant change in the way the NRC implements its enforcement mandate.
On October 28, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published the Decommissioning Lessons Learned report.