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Download as PDF 56936 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 188 / Thursday, September 29, 2005 / Notices 10 CFR 51.20(b)(2) to prepare an EIS in connection with the renewal of the operating license for a testing facility. This notice is being published in accordance with NEPA and the NRC’s regulations found in 10 CFR part 51. The NRC will first conduct a scoping process for the EIS and, as soon as practicable thereafter, will prepare a draft EIS for public comment. Participation in the scoping process by members of the public and local, State, tribal, and Federal government agencies is encouraged. The scoping process for the EIS will be used to accomplish the following: a. Define the proposed action which is to be the subject of the EIS; b. Determine the scope of the EIS and identify the significant issues to be analyzed in depth; c. Identify and eliminate from detailed study those issues that are peripheral or that are not significant; d. 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At the conclusion of the scoping process, the NRC will prepare a concise summary of the determination and conclusions reached, including the significant issues identified, and will send a copy of the summary to each participant in the scoping process. The summary will also be available for inspection in ADAMS at http:// www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. The staff will then prepare and issue for comment the draft EIS, which will be the subject of a separate notice. Copies will be available for public inspection at the above-mentioned addresses, and one copy per request will be provided free of charge. After receipt and consideration of the comments, the NRC will prepare a final EIS, which will also be available for public inspection. Information about the proposed action, the EIS, and the scoping process may be obtained from NRC Environmental Project Manager, Mr. James H. Wilson, at (301) 415–1108, or via e-mail at jhw1@nrc.gov. Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 23rd day of September 2005. PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Brian E. Thomas, Section Chief, Research and Test Reactors Section, New, Research and Test Reactors Program, Division of Regulatory Improvement Programs, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation. [FR Doc. E5–5316 Filed 9–28–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards; Procedures for Meetings Background This notice describes procedures to be followed with respect to meetings conducted by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC’s) Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS) pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). These procedures are set forth so that they may be incorporated by reference in future notices for individual meetings. The ACRS is a statutory group established by Congress to review and report on nuclear safety matters and applications for the licensing of nuclear facilities. The Committee’s reports become a part of the public record. The ACRS meetings are conducted in accordance with FACA; they are normally open to the public and provide opportunities for oral or written statements from members of the public to be considered as part of the Committee’s information gathering process. ACRS reviews do not normally encompass matters pertaining to environmental impacts other than those related to radiological safety. The ACRS meetings are not adjudicatory hearings such as those conducted by the NRC’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel as part of the Commission’s licensing process. General Rules Regarding ACRS Full Committee Meetings An agenda will be published in the Federal Register for each full Committee meeting. There may be a need to make changes to the agenda to facilitate the conduct of the meeting. The Chairman of the Committee is empowered to conduct the meeting in a manner that, in his/her judgment, will facilitate the orderly conduct of business, including making provisions to continue the discussion of matters not completed on the scheduled day on another meeting day. Persons planning to attend the meeting may contact the Designated Federal Official (DFO) specified in the Federal Register Notice E:\FR\FM\29SEN1.SGM 29SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 188 / Thursday, September 29, 2005 / Notices prior to the meeting to be advised of any changes to the agenda that may have occurred. The following requirements shall apply to public participation in ACRS full Committee meetings: (a) Persons who plan to make oral statements and/or submit written comments at the meeting should provide 35 copies to the DFO at the beginning of the meeting. Persons who cannot attend the meeting but wish to submit written comments regarding the agenda items may do so by sending a readily reproducible copy addressed to the DFO specified in the Federal Register Notice, care of the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001. Comments should be limited to items being considered by the Committee. Comments should be in the possession of the DFO five days prior to the meeting to allow time for reproduction and distribution. (b) Persons desiring to make oral statements at the meeting should make a request to do so to the DFO. If possible, the request should be made five days before the meeting, identifying the topic(s) on which oral statements will be made and the amount of time needed for presentation so that orderly arrangements can be made. The Committee will hear oral statements on topics being reviewed at an appropriate time during the meeting as scheduled by the Chairman. (c) Information regarding topics to be discussed, changes to the agenda, whether the meeting has been canceled or rescheduled, and the time allotted to present oral statements can be obtained by contacting the DFO. (d) The use of still, motion picture, and television cameras will be permitted at the discretion of the Chairman and subject to the condition that the use of such equipment will not interfere with the conduct of the meeting. The DFO will have to be notified prior to the meeting and will authorize the use of such equipment after consultation with the Chairman. The use of such equipment will be restricted as is necessary to protect proprietary or privileged information that may be in documents, folders, etc., in the meeting room. Electronic recordings will be permitted only during those portions of the meeting that are open to the public. (e) A transcript will be kept for certain open portions of the meeting and will be available in the NRC Public Document Room (PDR), One White Flint North, Room O–1F21, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852–2738. A copy of VerDate Aug<31>2005 13:52 Sep 28, 2005 Jkt 205001 the certified minutes of the meeting will be available at the same location three months following the meeting. Copies may be obtained upon payment of appropriate reproduction charges. ACRS meeting agenda, transcripts, and letter reports are available through the NRC Public Document Room at pdr@nrc.gov, by calling the PDR at 1–800–394–4209, or from the Publicly Available Records System (PARS) component of NRC’s document system (ADAMS) which is accessible from the NRC Web site at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/ adams.html or http://www.nrc.gov/ reading-rm/doc-collections/ (ACRS & ACNW Mtg schedules/agendas). (f) Video teleconferencing service is available for observing open sessions of ACRS meetings. Those wishing to use this service for observing ACRS meetings should contact Mr. Theron Brown, ACRS Audio Visual Technician, (301) 415–8066 between 7:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. eastern time at least 10 days before the meeting to ensure the availability of this service. Individuals or organizations requesting this service will be responsible for telephone line charges and for providing the equipment and facilities that they use to establish the video teleconferencing link. The availability of video teleconferencing services is not guaranteed. ACRS Subcommittee Meetings In accordance with the revised FACA, the agency is no longer required to apply the FACA requirements to meetings conducted by the Subcommittees of the NRC Advisory Committees, if the Subcommittee’s recommendations would be independently reviewed by its parent Committee. The ACRS, however, chose to conduct its Subcommittee meetings in accordance with the procedures noted above for ACRS full Committee meetings, as appropriate, to facilitate public participation, and to provide a forum for stakeholders to express their views on regulatory matters being considered by the ACRS. When Subcommittee meetings are held at locations other than at NRC facilities, reproduction facilities may not be available at a reasonable cost. Accordingly, 50 copies of the materials to be used during the meeting should be provided for distribution at such meetings. Special Provisions When Proprietary Sessions Are To Be Held If it is necessary to hold closed sessions for the purpose of discussing matters involving proprietary PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 56937 information, persons with agreements permitting access to such information may attend those portions of the ACRS meetings where this material is being discussed upon confirmation that such agreements are effective and related to the material being discussed. The DFO should be informed of such an agreement at least five working days prior to the meeting so that it can be confirmed, and a determination can be made regarding the applicability of the agreement to the material that will be discussed during the meeting. The minimum information provided should include information regarding the date of the agreement, the scope of material included in the agreement, the project or projects involved, and the names and titles of the persons signing the agreement. Additional information may be requested to identify the specific agreement involved. A copy of the executed agreement should be provided to the DFO prior to the beginning of the meeting for admittance to the closed session. Dated: September 23, 2005. Annette Vietti-Cook, Secretary of the Commission. [FR Doc. E5–5317 Filed 9–28–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards Meeting of the Subcommittee on Digital Instrumentation and Control Systems; Notice of Meeting The ACRS Subcommittee on Digital Instrumentation and Control Systems will hold a meeting on October 20–21, 2005, Room T–2B3, 11545 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland. The entire meeting will be open to public attendance, with the exception of a portion that will be closed on Thursday, October 20, 2005, 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. to discuss safeguards information pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(3). The agenda for the subject meeting shall be as follows: Thursday, October 20, 2005—8:30 a.m. until the close of business Friday, October 21, 2005—8:30 a.m. until the close of business The purpose of the meeting is to review selected digital instrumentation and control research projects and related matters. The Subcommittee will hear presentations by and hold discussions with representatives of the Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research E:\FR\FM\29SEN1.SGM 29SEN1

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Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards; Procedures for Meetings

Background

    This notice describes procedures to be followed with respect to 
meetings conducted by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC's) 
Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS) pursuant to the Federal 
Advisory Committee Act (FACA). These procedures are set forth so that 
they may be incorporated by reference in future notices for individual 
meetings.
    The ACRS is a statutory group established by Congress to review and 
report on nuclear safety matters and applications for the licensing of 
nuclear facilities. The Committee's reports become a part of the public 
record.
    The ACRS meetings are conducted in accordance with FACA; they are 
normally open to the public and provide opportunities for oral or 
written statements from members of the public to be considered as part 
of the Committee's information gathering process. ACRS reviews do not 
normally encompass matters pertaining to environmental impacts other 
than those related to radiological safety.
    The ACRS meetings are not adjudicatory hearings such as those 
conducted by the NRC's Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel as part 
of the Commission's licensing process.

General Rules Regarding ACRS Full Committee Meetings

    An agenda will be published in the Federal Register for each full 
Committee meeting. There may be a need to make changes to the agenda to 
facilitate the conduct of the meeting. The Chairman of the Committee is 
empowered to conduct the meeting in a manner that, in his/her judgment, 
will facilitate the orderly conduct of business, including making 
provisions to continue the discussion of matters not completed on the 
scheduled day on another meeting day. Persons planning to attend the 
meeting may contact the Designated Federal Official (DFO) specified in 
the Federal Register Notice

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prior to the meeting to be advised of any changes to the agenda that 
may have occurred.
    The following requirements shall apply to public participation in 
ACRS full Committee meetings:
    (a) Persons who plan to make oral statements and/or submit written 
comments at the meeting should provide 35 copies to the DFO at the 
beginning of the meeting. Persons who cannot attend the meeting but 
wish to submit written comments regarding the agenda items may do so by 
sending a readily reproducible copy addressed to the DFO specified in 
the Federal Register Notice, care of the Advisory Committee on Reactor 
Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-
0001. Comments should be limited to items being considered by the 
Committee. Comments should be in the possession of the DFO five days 
prior to the meeting to allow time for reproduction and distribution.
    (b) Persons desiring to make oral statements at the meeting should 
make a request to do so to the DFO. If possible, the request should be 
made five days before the meeting, identifying the topic(s) on which 
oral statements will be made and the amount of time needed for 
presentation so that orderly arrangements can be made. The Committee 
will hear oral statements on topics being reviewed at an appropriate 
time during the meeting as scheduled by the Chairman.
    (c) Information regarding topics to be discussed, changes to the 
agenda, whether the meeting has been canceled or rescheduled, and the 
time allotted to present oral statements can be obtained by contacting 
the DFO.
    (d) The use of still, motion picture, and television cameras will 
be permitted at the discretion of the Chairman and subject to the 
condition that the use of such equipment will not interfere with the 
conduct of the meeting. The DFO will have to be notified prior to the 
meeting and will authorize the use of such equipment after consultation 
with the Chairman. The use of such equipment will be restricted as is 
necessary to protect proprietary or privileged information that may be 
in documents, folders, etc., in the meeting room. Electronic recordings 
will be permitted only during those portions of the meeting that are 
open to the public.
    (e) A transcript will be kept for certain open portions of the 
meeting and will be available in the NRC Public Document Room (PDR), 
One White Flint North, Room O-1F21, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 
20852-2738. A copy of the certified minutes of the meeting will be 
available at the same location three months following the meeting. 
Copies may be obtained upon payment of appropriate reproduction 
charges. ACRS meeting agenda, transcripts, and letter reports are 
available through the NRC Public Document Room at pdr@nrc.gov, by 
calling the PDR at 1-800-394-4209, or from the Publicly Available 
Records System (PARS) component of NRC's document system (ADAMS) which 
is accessible from the NRC Web site at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/
adams.html or http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/ (ACRS & 
ACNW Mtg schedules/agendas).
    (f) Video teleconferencing service is available for observing open 
sessions of ACRS meetings. Those wishing to use this service for 
observing ACRS meetings should contact Mr. Theron Brown, ACRS Audio 
Visual Technician, (301) 415-8066 between 7:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. 
eastern time at least 10 days before the meeting to ensure the 
availability of this service.
    Individuals or organizations requesting this service will be 
responsible for telephone line charges and for providing the equipment 
and facilities that they use to establish the video teleconferencing 
link. The availability of video teleconferencing services is not 
guaranteed.

ACRS Subcommittee Meetings

    In accordance with the revised FACA, the agency is no longer 
required to apply the FACA requirements to meetings conducted by the 
Subcommittees of the NRC Advisory Committees, if the Subcommittee's 
recommendations would be independently reviewed by its parent 
Committee.
    The ACRS, however, chose to conduct its Subcommittee meetings in 
accordance with the procedures noted above for ACRS full Committee 
meetings, as appropriate, to facilitate public participation, and to 
provide a forum for stakeholders to express their views on regulatory 
matters being considered by the ACRS. When Subcommittee meetings are 
held at locations other than at NRC facilities, reproduction facilities 
may not be available at a reasonable cost. Accordingly, 50 copies of 
the materials to be used during the meeting should be provided for 
distribution at such meetings.

Special Provisions When Proprietary Sessions Are To Be Held

    If it is necessary to hold closed sessions for the purpose of 
discussing matters involving proprietary information, persons with 
agreements permitting access to such information may attend those 
portions of the ACRS meetings where this material is being discussed 
upon confirmation that such agreements are effective and related to the 
material being discussed. The DFO should be informed of such an 
agreement at least five working days prior to the meeting so that it 
can be confirmed, and a determination can be made regarding the 
applicability of the agreement to the material that will be discussed 
during the meeting. The minimum information provided should include 
information regarding the date of the agreement, the scope of material 
included in the agreement, the project or projects involved, and the 
names and titles of the persons signing the agreement. Additional 
information may be requested to identify the specific agreement 
involved. A copy of the executed agreement should be provided to the 
DFO prior to the beginning of the meeting for admittance to the closed 
session.

    Dated: September 23, 2005.
Annette Vietti-Cook,
Secretary of the Commission.
 [FR Doc. E5-5317 Filed 9-28-05; 8:45 am]
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