Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material; Solicitation of Issue Proposals, 37471-37472 [E7-13318]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 131 / Tuesday, July 10, 2007 / Proposed Rules emergency preparedness as described previously in the section titled, ‘‘The Proposed Amendments.’’ 11555 Rockville Pike (First Floor), Rockville, Maryland. Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 3rd day of July, 2007. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Annette Vietti-Cook, Secretary of the Commission. [FR Doc. E7–13316 Filed 7–9–07; 8:45 am] Michele M. Sampson, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards, USNRC, Washington, DC 20555–0001, telephone: (301) 492–3292; e-mail: mxs14@nrc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION 10 CFR Part 71 Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material; Solicitation of Issue Proposals U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Solicitation of Proposed Issues or Identified Problems with the International Atomic Energy Agency Regulations. rmajette on PROD1PC64 with PROPOSALS AGENCY: SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) are jointly seeking proposed issues or identified problems with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material (referred to as TS–R–1). Proposed issues or identified problems that are submitted by the United States and other IAEA member states and International Organizations might necessitate subsequent domestic compatibility rulemakings by both NRC and DOT. DATES: Proposed issues or identified problems will be accepted until August 15, 2007. Proposals received after this date will be considered if it is practical to do so, however we are only able to assure consideration for proposals received on or before this date. ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted either electronically or via U.S. mail. Mail proposed issues or identified problems to Michael T. Lesar, Chief, Rulemaking, Directives and Editing Branch, Mail Stop T6–D59, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001. Deliver proposals to 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland, 20852, between 7:45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. on Federal workdays. Submit proposals by electronic mail to: nrcrep@nrc.gov. Copies of proposal documents received may be reviewed at the NRC’s Public Document Room, One White Flint North, Public File Area 01–F21, VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:19 Jul 09, 2007 Jkt 211001 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: I. Background The IAEA periodically revises its Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material (TS–R–1) to reflect new information and accumulated experience. The DOT is the U.S. competent authority before the IAEA for radioactive material transportation matters. The NRC provides technical support to the DOT in this regard, particularly with regard to Type B and fissile transportation packages. The IAEA recently initiated the review cycle for a potential 2011 edition of TS–R–1. The IAEA’s review process calls for Member States and International Organizations to provide proposals for review of issues or identified problems with the regulations to the IAEA by August 31, 2007. To assure opportunity for public involvement in the international regulatory development process, the DOT and the NRC are soliciting proposals for issues or identified problems with the IAEA international transportation standard, TS–R–1, at this time. A specific area of interest are proposals related to the IAEA package surface contamination limits in TS–R–1. In 2000, an IAEA Coordinated Research Project (CRP) to review contamination control methods and develop a nonfixed contamination dose model for packages was initiated. The results of the CRP were published as IAEA– TECDOC–1449, Radiological aspects of non-fixed contamination of packages and conveyances, June 2005 (available at www.iaea.org). The CRP concluded that the current limits for non-fixed contamination on packages were developed using very conservative assumptions. Potential alternative methods of specifying contamination limits could include a radionuclide specific approach. We are seeking input regarding the usefulness, feasibility or practicality of implementing dose-based package surface contamination limits, and the issues or identified problems pertinent to incorporation of new nonfixed contamination limits into TS–R–1. The focus of this solicitation is to identify issues or problems with the current 2005 edition of TS–R–1. While it is helpful to identify potential changes or solutions to resolve the PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 37471 identified issues or problems, it is not required to provide a proposed change to accompany each identified issue or problem. This information will assist the DOT and the NRC in having a full range of views as the agencies develop the proposed issues the U.S. will submit to the IAEA. II. Public Participation Proposed issues or identified problems should cite the publication date and page number of this Federal Register document. Proposals must be submitted in writing (electronic file on disk in WordPerfect format preferred) and should include: • Name; • Address; • Telephone No.; • E-mail address; • Principal objective of issue or identified problem (e.g., Required to provide adequate protection to health and safety of public and occupational workers, needed to define or redefine level of protection to health and safety of public and occupational workers, required for consistency within the Transport Regulations, required as a result of advances in technology, needed to improve implementation of the Transport Regulations); • Topic of issue or identified problem—Describe or frame the issue or the identified problem by reference to or using the table of contents of TS–R–1 (2005 Edition) and the Advisory Material for the IAEA Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material (TS–G–1.1 (ST–2)); • Justification for proposed change— Provide a clear statement of the main objectives of the proposed change and the solution ‘‘path’’ (e.g., change to regulations, additional guidance, a research project); • An assessment of the benefits and impacts of the proposed change— Including changes in public and occupational exposure, changes in accident risk, and effects on health, safety or the natural environment. The affected parties should be identified. • Paragraphs affected and proposed text change to regulatory text in TS–R– 1; • Paragraphs affected and proposed text change to IAEA advisory material in TS–G–1.1; • A listing of any applicable reference documents; • Description of issue or identified problem to be addressed; • Summary of proposed solution to the issue or identified problem; and • Expected cost of implementation (negligible, low, medium or high). The DOT and the NRC will review the proposed issues, identified problems, E:\FR\FM\10JYP1.SGM 10JYP1 37472 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 131 / Tuesday, July 10, 2007 / Proposed Rules rationales and, if included, changes and proposed solutions. Based in part on the information received, the U.S. will develop proposed issues or identified problems to be submitted to the IAEA by August 31, 2007. Proposed issues and identified problems from all Member States and International Organizations will be considered at an IAEA Transport Safety Standards Committee (TRANSSC) Meeting to be convened by IAEA on October 1–5, 2007, in Vienna, Austria. Prior to that meeting, the DOT and the NRC will consider holding a public meeting to discuss the U.S. proposed changes submitted to the IAEA. Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 29th day of June 2007. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Kevin Williams, Chief, Rules, Inspections, and Operations Branch, Division of Spent Fuel Storage and Transportation, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards. [FR Doc. E7–13318 Filed 7–9–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION potential unsafe conditions as the aircraft aged. * * * * * The unsafe condition is degradation of the fuel system, which could result in loss of the airplane. The proposed AD would require actions that are intended to address the unsafe condition described in the MCAI. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by August 9, 2007. ADDRESSES: You may send comments by any of the following methods: • DOT Docket Web Site: Go to http://dms.dot.gov and follow the instructions for sending your comments electronically. • Fax: (202) 493–2251. • Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Nassif Building, Room PL–401, Washington, DC 20590– 0001. • Hand Delivery: Room PL–401 on the plaza level of the Nassif Building, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. • eFederal Rulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Federal Aviation Administration Examining the AD Docket 14 CFR Part 39 You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://dms.dot.gov; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this proposed AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Office (telephone (800) 647– 5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Stafford, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356; telephone (425) 227–1622; fax (425) 227–1149. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: [Docket No. FAA–2007–28663; Directorate Identifier 2006–NM–223–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A300–600 Series Airplanes; and Model A310 Series Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: rmajette on PROD1PC64 with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This proposed AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as: * * * * * * * * the FAA set-up in January 1999 an Ageing Transport Systems Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ATSRAC) to investigate the potential safety issues in aging aircraft as a result of wear and degradation in their operating systems. Under this plan, all Holders of type Certificates aircraft are required to conduct a design review, to preclude the occurrence of VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:19 Jul 09, 2007 Jkt 211001 Streamlined Issuance of AD The FAA is implementing a new process for streamlining the issuance of ADs related to MCAI. This streamlined process will allow us to adopt MCAI safety requirements in a more efficient manner and will reduce safety risks to the public. This process continues to follow all FAA AD issuance processes to meet legal, economic, Administrative Procedure Act, and Federal Register requirements. We also continue to meet our technical decision-making PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 responsibilities to identify and correct unsafe conditions on U.S.-certificated products. This proposed AD references the MCAI and related service information that we considered in forming the engineering basis to correct the unsafe condition. The proposed AD contains text copied from the MCAI and for this reason might not follow our plain language principles. Comments Invited We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No. 2007–28663; Directorate Identifier 2006–NM–223–AD’’ at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this proposed AD because of those comments. We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http:// dms.dot.gov, including any personal information you provide. We will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we receive about this proposed AD. Discussion The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Community, has issued EASA Airworthiness Directive 2006–0285R1, dated November 13, 2006 (referred to after this as ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI states: * * * the FAA issued in July 1996 an Aging Non-structural Systems plan to address the White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security (WHCSS) report. To help fulfill the actions specified in this Aging Systems plan, the FAA set-up in January 1999 an Ageing Transport Systems Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ATSRAC) to investigate the potential safety issues in aging aircraft as a result of wear and degradation in their operating systems. Under this plan, all Holders of type Certificates aircraft are required to conduct a design review, to preclude the occurrence of potential unsafe conditions as the aircraft aged. Further to AIRBUS investigations on this subject, corrected measures intended to improve the design of A310 and A300–600 fleet against potential unsafe conditions as the aircraft aged, are rendered mandatory by this AD. The unsafe condition is degradation of the fuel system, which could result in E:\FR\FM\10JYP1.SGM 10JYP1

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[FR Doc No: E7-13318]


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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

10 CFR Part 71


Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material; 
Solicitation of Issue Proposals

AGENCY: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Solicitation of Proposed Issues or Identified Problems with the 
International Atomic Energy Agency Regulations.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the U.S. 
Department of Transportation (DOT) are jointly seeking proposed issues 
or identified problems with the International Atomic Energy Agency 
(IAEA) Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material 
(referred to as TS-R-1). Proposed issues or identified problems that 
are submitted by the United States and other IAEA member states and 
International Organizations might necessitate subsequent domestic 
compatibility rulemakings by both NRC and DOT.

DATES: Proposed issues or identified problems will be accepted until 
August 15, 2007. Proposals received after this date will be considered 
if it is practical to do so, however we are only able to assure 
consideration for proposals received on or before this date.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted either electronically or via U.S. 
mail.
    Mail proposed issues or identified problems to Michael T. Lesar, 
Chief, Rulemaking, Directives and Editing Branch, Mail Stop T6-D59, 
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001. Deliver 
proposals to 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland, 20852, between 
7:45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. on Federal workdays. Submit proposals by 
electronic mail to: nrcrep@nrc.gov.
    Copies of proposal documents received may be reviewed at the NRC's 
Public Document Room, One White Flint North, Public File Area 01-F21, 
11555 Rockville Pike (First Floor), Rockville, Maryland.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michele M. Sampson, Office of Nuclear 
Material Safety and Safeguards, USNRC, Washington, DC 20555-0001, 
telephone: (301) 492-3292; e-mail: mxs14@nrc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    The IAEA periodically revises its Regulations for the Safe 
Transport of Radioactive Material (TS-R-1) to reflect new information 
and accumulated experience. The DOT is the U.S. competent authority 
before the IAEA for radioactive material transportation matters. The 
NRC provides technical support to the DOT in this regard, particularly 
with regard to Type B and fissile transportation packages.
    The IAEA recently initiated the review cycle for a potential 2011 
edition of TS-R-1. The IAEA's review process calls for Member States 
and International Organizations to provide proposals for review of 
issues or identified problems with the regulations to the IAEA by 
August 31, 2007. To assure opportunity for public involvement in the 
international regulatory development process, the DOT and the NRC are 
soliciting proposals for issues or identified problems with the IAEA 
international transportation standard, TS-R-1, at this time.
    A specific area of interest are proposals related to the IAEA 
package surface contamination limits in TS-R-1. In 2000, an IAEA 
Coordinated Research Project (CRP) to review contamination control 
methods and develop a non-fixed contamination dose model for packages 
was initiated. The results of the CRP were published as IAEA-TECDOC-
1449, Radiological aspects of non-fixed contamination of packages and 
conveyances, June 2005 (available at www.iaea.org). The CRP concluded 
that the current limits for non-fixed contamination on packages were 
developed using very conservative assumptions. Potential alternative 
methods of specifying contamination limits could include a radionuclide 
specific approach. We are seeking input regarding the usefulness, 
feasibility or practicality of implementing dose-based package surface 
contamination limits, and the issues or identified problems pertinent 
to incorporation of new non-fixed contamination limits into TS-R-1.
    The focus of this solicitation is to identify issues or problems 
with the current 2005 edition of TS-R-1. While it is helpful to 
identify potential changes or solutions to resolve the identified 
issues or problems, it is not required to provide a proposed change to 
accompany each identified issue or problem. This information will 
assist the DOT and the NRC in having a full range of views as the 
agencies develop the proposed issues the U.S. will submit to the IAEA.

II. Public Participation

    Proposed issues or identified problems should cite the publication 
date and page number of this Federal Register document. Proposals must 
be submitted in writing (electronic file on disk in WordPerfect format 
preferred) and should include:
     Name;
     Address;
     Telephone No.;
     E-mail address;
     Principal objective of issue or identified problem (e.g., 
Required to provide adequate protection to health and safety of public 
and occupational workers, needed to define or redefine level of 
protection to health and safety of public and occupational workers, 
required for consistency within the Transport Regulations, required as 
a result of advances in technology, needed to improve implementation of 
the Transport Regulations);
     Topic of issue or identified problem--Describe or frame 
the issue or the identified problem by reference to or using the table 
of contents of TS-R-1 (2005 Edition) and the Advisory Material for the 
IAEA Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material (TS-G-
1.1 (ST-2));
     Justification for proposed change--Provide a clear 
statement of the main objectives of the proposed change and the 
solution ``path'' (e.g., change to regulations, additional guidance, a 
research project);
     An assessment of the benefits and impacts of the proposed 
change--Including changes in public and occupational exposure, changes 
in accident risk, and effects on health, safety or the natural 
environment. The affected parties should be identified.
     Paragraphs affected and proposed text change to regulatory 
text in TS-R-1;
     Paragraphs affected and proposed text change to IAEA 
advisory material in TS-G-1.1;
     A listing of any applicable reference documents;
     Description of issue or identified problem to be 
addressed;
     Summary of proposed solution to the issue or identified 
problem; and
     Expected cost of implementation (negligible, low, medium 
or high).
    The DOT and the NRC will review the proposed issues, identified 
problems,

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rationales and, if included, changes and proposed solutions. Based in 
part on the information received, the U.S. will develop proposed issues 
or identified problems to be submitted to the IAEA by August 31, 2007.
    Proposed issues and identified problems from all Member States and 
International Organizations will be considered at an IAEA Transport 
Safety Standards Committee (TRANSSC) Meeting to be convened by IAEA on 
October 1-5, 2007, in Vienna, Austria. Prior to that meeting, the DOT 
and the NRC will consider holding a public meeting to discuss the U.S. 
proposed changes submitted to the IAEA.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 29th day of June 2007.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Kevin Williams,
Chief, Rules, Inspections, and Operations Branch, Division of Spent 
Fuel Storage and Transportation, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and 
Safeguards.
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