Physical Inventories and Material Balances at Fuel Cycle Facilities, 11661-11662 [2017-03600]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 36 / Friday, February 24, 2017 / Notices include editorial changes, and the current program guidance for RGs. Copies of ANSI/ANS–15.16–2015 may be purchased from the American Nuclear Society (ANS) Web site (https:// www.new.ans.org/store/); or by writing to: American Nuclear Society, 555 North Kensington Avenue, La Grange Park, Illinois 60526, U.S.A., telephone: 1– 800–323–3044. Revising this regulatory guide to adopt, in whole or in part, a consensus standard is consistent with the NRC policy of evaluating the latest versions of national consensus standards to determine their suitability for endorsement by regulatory guides. This approach also complies with the NRC’s Management Directive (MD) 6.5, ‘‘NRC Participation in the Development and Use of Consensus Standards’’ (ADAMS Accession No. ML16193A497), and is in accordance with Public Law 104–113, ‘‘National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995.’’ III. Backfitting The regulatory positions held in this DG demonstrate the method that the NRC staff finds acceptable for an applicant or holder of a license under 10 CFR part 50 for a research and test reactor and other non-power production or utilization facility to meet the applicable emergency preparedness requirements. The issuance of the guidance in this DG would not constitute ‘‘backfitting,’’ as that term is defined in 10 CFR 50.109, ‘‘Backfitting,’’ because non-power production and utilization facility licensees are not included within the scope of entities protected by 10 CFR 50.109. Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 17th day of February, 2017. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Thomas H. Boyce, Chief, Regulatory Guidance and Generic Issues Branch, Division of Engineering, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research. [FR Doc. 2017–03601 Filed 2–23–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES [NRC–2017–0057] Physical Inventories and Material Balances at Fuel Cycle Facilities Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Draft regulatory guide; request for comment. AGENCY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing for public SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:20 Feb 23, 2017 Jkt 241001 comment draft regulatory guide (DG), DG- 5056, ‘‘Physical Inventories and Material Balances at Fuel Cycle Facilities.’’ This new regulatory guide (RG) would provide implementing guidance for material control and accounting (MC&A) requirements in NRC regulations related to the performance, evaluation, and reporting of physical inventories of special nuclear material, and material balances at fuel cycle facilities. Guidance on these requirements was previously provided in RG 5.13, ‘‘Conduct of Nuclear Material Physical Inventories,’’ and RG 5.33, ‘‘Statistical Evaluation of Material Unaccounted For,’’ that were issued in 1973 and 1974, respectively. Both RG 5.13 and RG 5.33 would be withdrawn concurrent with issuance of DG–5056 in final form. DATES: Submit comments by April 25, 2017. Comments received after this date will be considered if it is practical to do so, but the NRC is able to ensure consideration only for comments received on or before this date. Although a time limit is given, comments and suggestions in connection with items for inclusion in guides currently being developed or improvements in all published guides are encouraged at any time. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods (unless this document describes a different method for submitting comments on a specified subject): • Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to https://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC–2017–0057. Address questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301–415–3463; email: Carol.Gallagher@nrc.gov. For technical questions, contact the individuals listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document. • Mail comments to: Cindy Bladey, Office of Administration, Mail Stop: OWFN–12H08, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555– 0001. For additional direction on accessing information and submitting comments, see ‘‘Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments’’ in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Glenn Tuttle, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards, 301–415–7230, email: Glenn.Tuttle@nrc.gov, or Mekonen Bayssie, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research, 301–415–1699, email: Mekonen.Bayssie@nrc.gov. Both are staff members of the U.S. Nuclear PO 00000 Frm 00139 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11661 Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments A. Obtaining Information Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2017– 0057 when contacting the NRC about the availability of information regarding this action. You may obtain publicallyavailable information related to this action, by any of the following methods: • Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to https://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC–2017–0057. • NRC’s Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS): You may obtain publiclyavailable documents online in the ADAMS Public Documents collection at https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/ adams.html. To begin the search, select ‘‘ADAMS Public Documents’’ and then select ‘‘Begin Web-based ADAMS Search.’’ For problems with ADAMS, please contact the NRC’s Public Document Room (PDR) reference staff at 1–800–397–4209, 301–415–4737, or by email to pdr.resource@nrc.gov. The ADAMS accession number for each document referenced (if it is available in ADAMS) is provided the first time that it is mentioned in this document. The DG–5056 is available in ADAMS under Accession No. ML15268A458. • NRC’s PDR: You may examine and purchase copies of public documents at the NRC’s PDR, Room O1–F21, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852. B. Submitting Comments Please include Docket ID NRC–2017– 0057 in your comment submission, in order to ensure that the NRC is able to make your comment submission available to the public in this docket. The NRC cautions you not to include identifying or contact information that you do not want to be publicly disclosed in your comment submission. The NRC posts all comment submissions at https:// www.regulations.gov as well as enters the comment submissions into ADAMS. The NRC does not routinely edit comment submissions to remove identifying or contact information. If you are requesting or aggregating comments from other persons for submission to the NRC, then you should inform those persons not to include identifying or contact information that they do not want to be publicly disclosed in their comment submission. Your request should state that the NRC does not routinely edit comment E:\FR\FM\24FEN1.SGM 24FEN1 11662 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 36 / Friday, February 24, 2017 / Notices asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES submissions to remove such information before making the comment submissions available to the public or entering the comment submissions into ADAMS. II. Additional Information The NRC is issuing for public comment a DG in the NRC’s ‘‘Regulatory Guide Series. This series was developed to describe and make available to the public information regarding methods that are acceptable to the NRC staff for implementing specific parts of the NRC’s regulations, techniques that the staff uses in evaluating specific problems or postulated events, and data that the staff needs in its review of applications for permits and licenses. The DG, entitled ‘‘Physical Inventories and Material Balances at Fuel Cycle Facilities,’’ is a proposed new guide, temporarily identified by its task number, DG–5056. This new RG would provide guidance for meeting the nuclear material control and accounting (MC&A) requirements in part 74 of title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), ‘‘Material Control and Accounting of Special Nuclear Material,’’ that cover these topics. The DG–5056 updates guidance previously provided by: • RG 5.13, ‘‘Conduct of Nuclear Material Physical Inventories,’’ published in November 1973; and • RG 5.33, ‘‘Statistical Evaluation of Material Unaccounted For’’ published in June 1974. Due to several rulemakings that occurred from 1985 to 2002, which significantly amended the MC&A requirements, the above regulatory guides are now outdated as they no longer cite the correct sections of the regulations. Accordingly, RG 5.13 and RG 5.33 will be withdrawn concurrent with any later issuance of DG–5056 in final form, as DG–5056 would provide the correct citations to the 10 CFR part 74 regulations. The NRC’s guidance on the MC&A requirements pertaining to the performance, evaluation, and reporting of physical inventories and material balances at fuel cycle facilities is also provided in the following NUREGs that were issued in conjunction with the 1985–2002, MC&A rulemakings: • NUREG–1280, ‘‘Standard Format and Content Acceptance Criteria for the Material Control and Accounting (MC&A) Reform Amendment,’’ applicable to facilities using formula quantities of strategic SNM. • NUREG–1065, ‘‘Acceptable Standard Format and Content for the Fundamental Nuclear Material Control (FNMC) Plan Required for Low- VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:20 Feb 23, 2017 Jkt 241001 Enriched Uranium Facilities,’’ applicable to fuel fabrication facilities using low-enriched uranium. • NUREG/CR–5734, ‘‘Recommendations to the NRC on Acceptable Standard Format and Content for the Fundamental Nuclear Material Control (FNMC) Plan Required for Low-Enriched Uranium Enrichment Facilities,’’ applicable to uranium enrichment plants. This DG–5056 incorporates guidance from these NUREGs that relates to physical inventories and material balances for SNM. In addition to providing guidance on these topics, the NUREGs listed above cover other MC&A requirements as well. Accordingly, these NUREGs would not be withdrawn when DG–5056 is issued in final form. III. Backfitting and Issue Finality Issuance of DG–5056 in final form would not constitute backfitting as defined in 10 CFR 70.76 or violate the issue finality provisions of part 52 for several reasons. First, many of the provisions in the guidance are only updated to reflect the codification of several MC&A provisions in part 74 from part 70, and do not represent substantive changes. Second, DG–5056 would incorporate relevant guidance from NUREG–1280, NUREG–1065, and NUREG/CR–5734 and associated rulemakings without making substantive changes to those positions; these rulemakings and guidance considered the backfitting implications of any new positions, as appropriate, upon their issuance. Finally, as discussed in the ‘‘Implementation’’ section of DG–5056, applicants and licensees may voluntarily use its guidance to demonstrate compliance with the part 74 MC&A regulations pertaining to the performance, evaluation, and reporting of physical inventories and material balances. Alternate methods of demonstrating such compliance may be deemed acceptable if they provide sufficient basis and information for the NRC staff to verify that the proposed alternative demonstrates compliance with the relevant NRC regulations. Accordingly, the issuance of this guidance in final form would not constitute a ‘‘new’’ or ‘‘different’’ staff position within the definition of ‘‘backfitting’’ in 10 CFR 70.76 or the issue finality provisions in part 52. Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 17th day of February, 2017. PO 00000 Frm 00140 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Thomas H. Boyce, Chief, Regulatory Guidance and Generic Issues Branch, Division of Engineering, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research. [FR Doc. 2017–03600 Filed 2–23–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P PEACE CORPS Information Collection Request: Submission for OMB Review Peace Corps. 60-day notice and request for comments. AGENCY: ACTION: The Peace Corps will be submitting the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The purpose of this notice is to allow 60 days for public comment in the Federal Register preceding submission to OMB. We are conducting this process in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). DATES: Submit comments on or before April 25, 2017. ADDRESSES: Comments should be addressed to Denora Miller, FOIA/ Privacy Act Officer. Denora Miller can be contacted by telephone at 202–692– 1236 or email at pcfr@peacecorps.gov. Email comments must be made in text and not in attachments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Denora Miller at Peace Corps address above. SUMMARY: Title: Onboarding. OMB Control Number: 0420–xxxx. Type of Request: New. Affected Public: Individuals. Respondents Obligation to Reply: Voluntary. Respondents: Peace Corps Volunteers. Burden to the Public: Estimated burden (hours) of the collection of information: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: a. Number of respondents b. Frequency of response .. c. Completion time ............. d. Annual burden hours ..... 5000. one time. 60 minutes. 5000 hours. General Description of Collection: The Peace Corps uses the Onboarding Portal to collect essential administrative information from invitees for use during volunteer service, including information such as emergency contacts, legal history updates, direct deposit instructions, and life insurance designations. The information is used by the Peace Corps to establish specific E:\FR\FM\24FEN1.SGM 24FEN1

Agencies

[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 36 (Friday, February 24, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 11661-11662]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-03600]


-----------------------------------------------------------------------

NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[NRC-2017-0057]


Physical Inventories and Material Balances at Fuel Cycle 
Facilities

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Draft regulatory guide; request for comment.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing for 
public comment draft regulatory guide (DG), DG- 5056, ``Physical 
Inventories and Material Balances at Fuel Cycle Facilities.'' This new 
regulatory guide (RG) would provide implementing guidance for material 
control and accounting (MC&A) requirements in NRC regulations related 
to the performance, evaluation, and reporting of physical inventories 
of special nuclear material, and material balances at fuel cycle 
facilities. Guidance on these requirements was previously provided in 
RG 5.13, ``Conduct of Nuclear Material Physical Inventories,'' and RG 
5.33, ``Statistical Evaluation of Material Unaccounted For,'' that were 
issued in 1973 and 1974, respectively. Both RG 5.13 and RG 5.33 would 
be withdrawn concurrent with issuance of DG-5056 in final form.

DATES: Submit comments by April 25, 2017. Comments received after this 
date will be considered if it is practical to do so, but the NRC is 
able to ensure consideration only for comments received on or before 
this date. Although a time limit is given, comments and suggestions in 
connection with items for inclusion in guides currently being developed 
or improvements in all published guides are encouraged at any time.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods 
(unless this document describes a different method for submitting 
comments on a specified subject):
     Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to https://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2017-0057. Address 
questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301-415-
3463; email: Carol.Gallagher@nrc.gov. For technical questions, contact 
the individuals listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section 
of this document.
     Mail comments to: Cindy Bladey, Office of Administration, 
Mail Stop: OWFN-12H08, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, 
DC 20555-0001.
    For additional direction on accessing information and submitting 
comments, see ``Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments'' in the 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Glenn Tuttle, Office of Nuclear 
Material Safety and Safeguards, 301-415-7230, email: 
Glenn.Tuttle@nrc.gov, or Mekonen Bayssie, Office of Nuclear Regulatory 
Research, 301-415-1699, email: Mekonen.Bayssie@nrc.gov. Both are staff 
members of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 
20555-0001.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments

A. Obtaining Information

    Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2017-0057 when contacting the NRC 
about the availability of information regarding this action. You may 
obtain publically-available information related to this action, by any 
of the following methods:
     Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to https://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2017-0057.
     NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System 
(ADAMS): You may obtain publicly-available documents online in the 
ADAMS Public Documents collection at https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. To begin the search, select ``ADAMS Public Documents'' and 
then select ``Begin Web-based ADAMS Search.'' For problems with ADAMS, 
please contact the NRC's Public Document Room (PDR) reference staff at 
1-800-397-4209, 301-415-4737, or by email to pdr.resource@nrc.gov. The 
ADAMS accession number for each document referenced (if it is available 
in ADAMS) is provided the first time that it is mentioned in this 
document. The DG-5056 is available in ADAMS under Accession No. 
ML15268A458.
     NRC's PDR: You may examine and purchase copies of public 
documents at the NRC's PDR, Room O1-F21, One White Flint North, 11555 
Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852.

B. Submitting Comments

    Please include Docket ID NRC-2017-0057 in your comment submission, 
in order to ensure that the NRC is able to make your comment submission 
available to the public in this docket.
    The NRC cautions you not to include identifying or contact 
information that you do not want to be publicly disclosed in your 
comment submission. The NRC posts all comment submissions at https://www.regulations.gov as well as enters the comment submissions into 
ADAMS. The NRC does not routinely edit comment submissions to remove 
identifying or contact information.
    If you are requesting or aggregating comments from other persons 
for submission to the NRC, then you should inform those persons not to 
include identifying or contact information that they do not want to be 
publicly disclosed in their comment submission. Your request should 
state that the NRC does not routinely edit comment

[[Page 11662]]

submissions to remove such information before making the comment 
submissions available to the public or entering the comment submissions 
into ADAMS.

II. Additional Information

    The NRC is issuing for public comment a DG in the NRC's 
``Regulatory Guide Series. This series was developed to describe and 
make available to the public information regarding methods that are 
acceptable to the NRC staff for implementing specific parts of the 
NRC's regulations, techniques that the staff uses in evaluating 
specific problems or postulated events, and data that the staff needs 
in its review of applications for permits and licenses. The DG, 
entitled ``Physical Inventories and Material Balances at Fuel Cycle 
Facilities,'' is a proposed new guide, temporarily identified by its 
task number, DG-5056. This new RG would provide guidance for meeting 
the nuclear material control and accounting (MC&A) requirements in part 
74 of title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), ``Material 
Control and Accounting of Special Nuclear Material,'' that cover these 
topics. The DG-5056 updates guidance previously provided by:
     RG 5.13, ``Conduct of Nuclear Material Physical 
Inventories,'' published in November 1973; and
     RG 5.33, ``Statistical Evaluation of Material Unaccounted 
For'' published in June 1974.
    Due to several rulemakings that occurred from 1985 to 2002, which 
significantly amended the MC&A requirements, the above regulatory 
guides are now outdated as they no longer cite the correct sections of 
the regulations. Accordingly, RG 5.13 and RG 5.33 will be withdrawn 
concurrent with any later issuance of DG-5056 in final form, as DG-5056 
would provide the correct citations to the 10 CFR part 74 regulations.
    The NRC's guidance on the MC&A requirements pertaining to the 
performance, evaluation, and reporting of physical inventories and 
material balances at fuel cycle facilities is also provided in the 
following NUREGs that were issued in conjunction with the 1985-2002, 
MC&A rulemakings:
     NUREG-1280, ``Standard Format and Content Acceptance 
Criteria for the Material Control and Accounting (MC&A) Reform 
Amendment,'' applicable to facilities using formula quantities of 
strategic SNM.
     NUREG-1065, ``Acceptable Standard Format and Content for 
the Fundamental Nuclear Material Control (FNMC) Plan Required for Low-
Enriched Uranium Facilities,'' applicable to fuel fabrication 
facilities using low-enriched uranium.
     NUREG/CR-5734, ``Recommendations to the NRC on Acceptable 
Standard Format and Content for the Fundamental Nuclear Material 
Control (FNMC) Plan Required for Low-Enriched Uranium Enrichment 
Facilities,'' applicable to uranium enrichment plants.
    This DG-5056 incorporates guidance from these NUREGs that relates 
to physical inventories and material balances for SNM. In addition to 
providing guidance on these topics, the NUREGs listed above cover other 
MC&A requirements as well. Accordingly, these NUREGs would not be 
withdrawn when DG-5056 is issued in final form.

III. Backfitting and Issue Finality

    Issuance of DG-5056 in final form would not constitute backfitting 
as defined in 10 CFR 70.76 or violate the issue finality provisions of 
part 52 for several reasons. First, many of the provisions in the 
guidance are only updated to reflect the codification of several MC&A 
provisions in part 74 from part 70, and do not represent substantive 
changes. Second, DG-5056 would incorporate relevant guidance from 
NUREG-1280, NUREG-1065, and NUREG/CR-5734 and associated rulemakings 
without making substantive changes to those positions; these 
rulemakings and guidance considered the backfitting implications of any 
new positions, as appropriate, upon their issuance. Finally, as 
discussed in the ``Implementation'' section of DG-5056, applicants and 
licensees may voluntarily use its guidance to demonstrate compliance 
with the part 74 MC&A regulations pertaining to the performance, 
evaluation, and reporting of physical inventories and material 
balances. Alternate methods of demonstrating such compliance may be 
deemed acceptable if they provide sufficient basis and information for 
the NRC staff to verify that the proposed alternative demonstrates 
compliance with the relevant NRC regulations.
    Accordingly, the issuance of this guidance in final form would not 
constitute a ``new'' or ``different'' staff position within the 
definition of ``backfitting'' in 10 CFR 70.76 or the issue finality 
provisions in part 52.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 17th day of February, 2017.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Thomas H. Boyce,
Chief, Regulatory Guidance and Generic Issues Branch, Division of 
Engineering, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research.
[FR Doc. 2017-03600 Filed 2-23-17; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 7590-01-P