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[Docket Nos. 50-498 and 50-499; NRC-2012-0196]

STP Nuclear Operating Company, South Texas Project, Units 1 and 2; Application for Amendment to Facility Operating License

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
ACTION: License amendment application; withdrawal.
SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (the Commission or NRC) has granted the request of STP Nuclear Operating Company (the licensee) to withdraw its application dated June 2, 2011 (ADAMS Accession No. ML11161A143), as supplemented by letters dated August 1, 2011, March 8, 2012, March 22, 2012, April 3, 2012 (ADAMS Accession Nos. ML11221A230, ML12079A038, ML12089A023, and ML12101A223, respectively), and May 3, 2012,1 for proposed amendment to Facility Operating License Nos. NPF-76 and NPF-80 for the South Texas Project (STP), Units 1 and 2, located in Matagorda County, Texas.

1This document contains security-related information and is not publicly available.

ADDRESSES: *Federal Rulemaking Web Site:Go tohttp://www.regulations.govand search for Docket ID NRC-2012-0196. Address questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301-492-3668;

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Balwant K. Singal, Senior Project Manager, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001; telephone: 301-415-3016;

The proposed amendment would have revised the facility Fire Protection Program related to the alternate shutdown capability that is documented in the Fire Hazards Analysis Report for STP, Units 1 and 2. The amendments requested approval to perform certain operator actions from the main control room (MCR) before evacuating the MCR to achieve and maintain safe shutdown in the event of a fire in the MCR.

The Commission had previously issued a Notice of Consideration of Issuance of Amendment published in theFederal Registeron August 23, 2011 (76 FR 52702). However, by letter dated July 31, 2012 (ADAMS Accession No. ML12220A509), the licensee withdrew the proposed change.

For further details with respect to this action, see the application for amendment dated June 2, 2011, as supplemented by letters dated August 1, 2011, March 8, 2012, March 22, 2012, April 3, 2012, and May 3, 2012, and the licensee's letter dated July 31, 2012, which withdrew the application for license amendment.

Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 14th day of August 2012.

For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Balwant K. Singal, Senior Project Manager, Plant Licensing Branch IV, Division of Operating Reactor Licensing, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.