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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 246 / Monday, December 23, 2019 / Rules and Regulations DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Federal Emergency Management Agency 44 CFR Part 350 [Docket ID FEMA–2012–0026] RIN 1660–ZA21 Criteria for Preparation and Evaluation of Radiological Emergency Response Plans and Preparedness in Support of Nuclear Power Plants (NUREG–0654/ FEMA–REP–1, Rev. 2) Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS. ACTION: Notification of availability. AGENCY: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), concurrently with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), is issuing final guidance entitled ‘‘Criteria for Preparation and Evaluation of Radiological Emergency Response Plans and Preparedness in Support of Nuclear Power Plants’’ (NUREG–0654/FEMA– REP–1, Rev. 2). This final guidance document focuses on preparedness for radiological incidents at commercial nuclear power plants that could impact public health and safety. DATES: This final guidance document was issued in December 2019. ADDRESSES: This final guidance document is available online at http:// www.regulations.gov and on FEMA’s website at http://www.fema.gov. The proposed and final guidance documents, all related Federal Register Notices, and all public comments received during the comment period are available at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket ID FEMA–2012–0026. You may also view a hard copy of the final guidance document at the Office of Chief Counsel, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 500 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20472. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Eberst, Policy Supervisor, Policy and Regulations Branch, Technological Hazards Division, National Preparedness Directorate, Resilience, william.eberst@ fema.dhs.gov, (202) 341–4917. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: As part of the domestic licensing of commercial nuclear power plants (NPPs), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) evaluate emergency preparedness activities at and around these facilities. Emergency preparedness activities for a radiological incident at lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:18 Dec 20, 2019 Jkt 250001 an NPP are essential for communities that could be affected by an incident at the facility. FEMA’s role in the licensing process is to review and evaluate the adequacy of the planning and preparedness activities and capabilities of State, local, and Tribal governments and provide its findings and determinations to the NRC. FEMA performs this activity before the NRC issues a license to operate a NPP and then provides ongoing findings and determinations that planning and preparedness efforts are effective and consistent with regulatory guidelines. The NRC evaluates applicants for NPP site permits, construction permits, and operating licenses. As a part of that evaluation, the NRC reviews the licensees’ emergency plans and preparedness efforts. NPP licensees and State, local, and Tribal governments within the emergency planning zones surrounding commercial NPPs must show that plans are in place that provide reasonable assurance that adequate protective measures will be taken to protect public health and safety in the event of an incident at an NPP. In November 1980, FEMA issued ‘‘Criteria for Preparation and Evaluation of Radiological Emergency Response Plans and Preparedness in Support of Nuclear Power Plants (NUREG–0654/ FEMA–REP–1, Rev. 1)’’ jointly with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). (45 FR 85862, Dec. 30, 1980). NUREG– 0654/FEMA–REP–1, Rev. 1 provides guidance on the 16 Planning Standards referenced in FEMA’s regulations at 44 CFR 350.5 and the NRC’s regulations at 10 CFR 50.47. Both agencies use these Planning Standards, and associated Evaluation Criteria contained in NUREG–0654/FEMA–REP–1, Rev. 1, to evaluate the adequacy of emergency plans and preparedness of NPP owners and operators, and the State, local, and Tribal government jurisdictions in which NPPs are sited. Since the publication of NUREG– 0654/FEMA–REP–1, Rev. 1 in 1980, four supplementary documents and one addendum (66 FR 22270, May 3, 2001) have been issued that update and modify specific planning and procedural elements. Since publication of these documents, there have been changes to FEMA and NRC regulations, guidance, policies and advances in technology. NUREG–0654/FEMA–REP– 1, Rev. 2 consolidates the four supplementary documents and one addendum, clarifies the relationship of radiological emergency planning and preparedness to the larger National Preparedness System and its components, and provides updates and additional guidance reflective of over 30 PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 70435 years of improvements and lessons learned in the radiological emergency preparedness community. To begin this revision process, FEMA held two public meetings on August 22, 2012 and September 13, 2012 to discuss the scope of the proposed revision to NUREG–0654/FEMA–REP–1, Rev. 1 (77 FR 46766, Aug. 6, 2012). Based on feedback from the two public meetings, FEMA solicited comments from stakeholders and interested members of the public on the scope of future revisions to NUREG–0654/FEMA–REP– 1, Rev. 1 (77 FR 65700, Oct. 30, 2012). A series of stakeholder engagement sessions were held on October 29–31, 2013 and June 25, 2014. Summaries of the stakeholder engagement sessions are posted to the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov under Document ID: FEMA–2012–0026– 0055 and FEMA–2012–0026–0053, respectively. The NUREG–0654/FEMA–REP–1, Rev. 2 draft was posted to the Federal eRulemaking Portal for public comment (80 FR 30697, May 29, 2015). The original comment period was scheduled to conclude on August 27, 2015, however, several commenters requested an extension beyond the original 90-day comment period. Commenters cited the voluminous material put forth by the agencies for comment and that the proposed guidance document covered many policy matters that required a time consuming review by licensees and their offsite counterparts. FEMA and the NRC determined that it was in the interest of all parties to extend the comment period to October 13, 2015 (80 FR 50862, Aug. 21, 2015). Most of the changes made to the proposed guidance document are clarifying, nonsubstantive changes that reflect current practice. FEMA and the NRC are issuing the final guidance document: ‘‘Criteria for Preparation and Evaluation of Radiological Emergency Response Plans and Preparedness in Support of Nuclear Power Plants’’ (NUREG–0654/FEMA– REP–1, Rev. 2). The final guidance document included adjudication of 631 comments from 32 commenters. FEMA and the NRC prepared a comment/ response matrix entitled ‘‘Adjudication Report for NUREG–0654/FEMA–REP–1, Rev. 2 Public Comments Sorted by Document Order December 2019’’ that may be viewed at www.regulations.gov under Docket ID FEMA–2012–0026. The substantive changes in the final guidance document align with the national preparedness doctrine, as directed by the President in directives and supported by the National Preparedness System (NPS). E:\FR\FM\23DER1.SGM 23DER1 70436 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 246 / Monday, December 23, 2019 / Rules and Regulations Additionally, this final guidance document incorporates the Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program guidance into the NPS, thus ensuring that it is risk- and threat-informed and appropriate for the whole community. The contents of this final guidance document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. This final guidance document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies. Implementation: The timeframe for transition to the final guidance document, ‘‘Criteria for Preparation and Evaluation of Radiological Emergency Response Plans and Preparedness in Support of Nuclear Power Plants’’ (NUREG–0654/FEMA–REP–1, Rev. 2), will vary amongst State, local, and Tribal governments and will be tied to their individual exercise cycle. FEMA intends to work with each jurisdiction to determine the best timeframe for transition, taking both the level of effort and where each is within their exercise cycle into account. Authority: NRC Authorization Acts of 1980 (Pub. L. 96–295) and 1982–1983 (Pub. L. 97–415); Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, as amended, Titles II and VI, Sections 201 and 611, 42 U.S.C. 5131 and 5196; Homeland Security Act of 2002, as amended, Title VI, Chapter 1, Subchapter V, Sections 503 and 504, 6 U.S.C. 313 and 314; Security and Accountability for Every Port Act of 2006, Title V, Section 612, 6 U.S.C. 314a; Department of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations for 1999, 42 U.S.C. 5196e; Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006, Title VI, Sections 602, 642, 643, and 644, 6 U.S.C. 701, 742, 743, and 744; Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1978; E.O. 12241, as amended; E.O. 12127, as amended. E.O. 12148, as amended; E.O. 12657, as amended; FEMA’s regulations in title 44, chapter I, parts 350–354 of the CFR. Dated: November 27, 2019. Pete Gaynor, Acting Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency. [FR Doc. 2019–27384 Filed 12–20–19; 8:45 am] lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with RULES BILLING CODE 9111–46–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:18 Dec 20, 2019 Jkt 250001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 180831813–9170–02; RTID 0648–XY058] Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Inseason Adjustment to the 2020 Gulf of Alaska Pollock and Pacific Cod Total Allowable Catch Amounts National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; inseason adjustment; request for comments. AGENCY: NMFS is adjusting the 2020 total allowable catch (TAC) amounts for the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) pollock and Pacific cod fishery. This action is necessary because NMFS has determined these TACs are incorrectly specified, and will ensure the GOA pollock and Pacific cod TACs are the appropriate amount based on the best available scientific information for pollock and Pacific cod in the GOA. This action is consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska. DATES: Effective 0001 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), January 1, 2020, until the effective date of the final 2020 and 2021 harvest specifications for GOA groundfish, unless otherwise modified or superseded through publication of a notification in the Federal Register. Comments must be received at the following address no later than 4:30 p.m., A.l.t., January 7, 2020. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by NOAA–NMFS–2018–0103 by any of the following methods: • Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2018– 0103, click the ‘‘Comment Now!’’ icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments. • Mail: Submit written comments to Glenn Merrill, Assistant Regional Administrator, Sustainable Fisheries Division, Alaska Region NMFS, Attn: Records. Mail comments to P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802–1668. Instructions: NMFS may not consider comments if they are sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the comment period ends. All comments received are a part of the public record, and NMFS will post the comments for SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 public viewing on www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter ‘‘N/ A’’ in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Obren Davis, 907–586–7228. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the GOA exclusive economic zone according to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (FMP) prepared by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) under authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Regulations governing fishing by U.S. vessels in accordance with the FMP appear at subpart H of 50 CFR part 600 and 50 CFR part 679. The final 2019 and 2020 harvest specifications for groundfish in the GOA (84 FR 9416, March 14, 2019) set the 2020 pollock TAC at 114,943 metric tons (mt) in the GOA. In December 2019, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) recommended a 2020 pollock TAC of 115,930 mt for the GOA, which is more than the 114,943 mt established by the final 2019 and 2020 harvest specifications for groundfish in the GOA. The Council’s recommended 2020 TAC, and the area and seasonal apportionments, is based on the Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation report (SAFE), dated November 2019. The final 2019 and 2020 harvest specifications for groundfish in the GOA (84 FR 9416, March 14, 2019) set the 2020 Pacific cod TAC at 15,709 metric tons (mt) in the GOA. In December 2019, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) recommended a 2020 Pacific cod TAC of 6,431 mt for the GOA, which is less than the 15,709 mt established by the final 2019 and 2020 harvest specifications for groundfish in the GOA. The Council’s recommended 2020 TAC, and the area and seasonal apportionments, is based on the Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation report (SAFE), dated November 2019. Steller sea lions occur in the same location as the pollock and Pacific cod fisheries and are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Pollock and Pacific cod are principal prey species for Steller sea lions in the GOA. The seasonal apportionment of pollock and Pacific E:\FR\FM\23DER1.SGM 23DER1

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Federal Emergency Management Agency

44 CFR Part 350

[Docket ID FEMA-2012-0026]
RIN 1660-ZA21


Criteria for Preparation and Evaluation of Radiological Emergency 
Response Plans and Preparedness in Support of Nuclear Power Plants 
(NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1, Rev. 2)

AGENCY: Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS.

ACTION: Notification of availability.

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SUMMARY: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), concurrently 
with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), is issuing final guidance 
entitled ``Criteria for Preparation and Evaluation of Radiological 
Emergency Response Plans and Preparedness in Support of Nuclear Power 
Plants'' (NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1, Rev. 2). This final guidance document 
focuses on preparedness for radiological incidents at commercial 
nuclear power plants that could impact public health and safety.

DATES: This final guidance document was issued in December 2019.

ADDRESSES: This final guidance document is available online at http://www.regulations.gov and on FEMA's website at http://www.fema.gov. The 
proposed and final guidance documents, all related Federal Register 
Notices, and all public comments received during the comment period are 
available at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket ID FEMA-2012-0026. 
You may also view a hard copy of the final guidance document at the 
Office of Chief Counsel, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 500 C 
Street SW, Washington, DC 20472.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Eberst, Policy Supervisor, 
Policy and Regulations Branch, Technological Hazards Division, National 
Preparedness Directorate, Resilience, [email protected], 
(202) 341-4917.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: As part of the domestic licensing of 
commercial nuclear power plants (NPPs), the Federal Emergency 
Management Agency (FEMA) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) 
evaluate emergency preparedness activities at and around these 
facilities. Emergency preparedness activities for a radiological 
incident at an NPP are essential for communities that could be affected 
by an incident at the facility. FEMA's role in the licensing process is 
to review and evaluate the adequacy of the planning and preparedness 
activities and capabilities of State, local, and Tribal governments and 
provide its findings and determinations to the NRC. FEMA performs this 
activity before the NRC issues a license to operate a NPP and then 
provides ongoing findings and determinations that planning and 
preparedness efforts are effective and consistent with regulatory 
guidelines. The NRC evaluates applicants for NPP site permits, 
construction permits, and operating licenses. As a part of that 
evaluation, the NRC reviews the licensees' emergency plans and 
preparedness efforts. NPP licensees and State, local, and Tribal 
governments within the emergency planning zones surrounding commercial 
NPPs must show that plans are in place that provide reasonable 
assurance that adequate protective measures will be taken to protect 
public health and safety in the event of an incident at an NPP.
    In November 1980, FEMA issued ``Criteria for Preparation and 
Evaluation of Radiological Emergency Response Plans and Preparedness in 
Support of Nuclear Power Plants (NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1, Rev. 1)'' 
jointly with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). (45 FR 85862, 
Dec. 30, 1980). NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1, Rev. 1 provides guidance on the 
16 Planning Standards referenced in FEMA's regulations at 44 CFR 350.5 
and the NRC's regulations at 10 CFR 50.47. Both agencies use these 
Planning Standards, and associated Evaluation Criteria contained in 
NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1, Rev. 1, to evaluate the adequacy of emergency 
plans and preparedness of NPP owners and operators, and the State, 
local, and Tribal government jurisdictions in which NPPs are sited.
    Since the publication of NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1, Rev. 1 in 1980, 
four supplementary documents and one addendum (66 FR 22270, May 3, 
2001) have been issued that update and modify specific planning and 
procedural elements. Since publication of these documents, there have 
been changes to FEMA and NRC regulations, guidance, policies and 
advances in technology. NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1, Rev. 2 consolidates the 
four supplementary documents and one addendum, clarifies the 
relationship of radiological emergency planning and preparedness to the 
larger National Preparedness System and its components, and provides 
updates and additional guidance reflective of over 30 years of 
improvements and lessons learned in the radiological emergency 
preparedness community.
    To begin this revision process, FEMA held two public meetings on 
August 22, 2012 and September 13, 2012 to discuss the scope of the 
proposed revision to NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1, Rev. 1 (77 FR 46766, Aug. 
6, 2012). Based on feedback from the two public meetings, FEMA 
solicited comments from stakeholders and interested members of the 
public on the scope of future revisions to NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1, Rev. 
1 (77 FR 65700, Oct. 30, 2012). A series of stakeholder engagement 
sessions were held on October 29-31, 2013 and June 25, 2014. Summaries 
of the stakeholder engagement sessions are posted to the Federal 
eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov under Document ID: 
FEMA-2012-0026-0055 and FEMA-2012-0026-0053, respectively.
    The NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1, Rev. 2 draft was posted to the Federal 
eRulemaking Portal for public comment (80 FR 30697, May 29, 2015). The 
original comment period was scheduled to conclude on August 27, 2015, 
however, several commenters requested an extension beyond the original 
90-day comment period. Commenters cited the voluminous material put 
forth by the agencies for comment and that the proposed guidance 
document covered many policy matters that required a time consuming 
review by licensees and their offsite counterparts. FEMA and the NRC 
determined that it was in the interest of all parties to extend the 
comment period to October 13, 2015 (80 FR 50862, Aug. 21, 2015). Most 
of the changes made to the proposed guidance document are clarifying, 
non-substantive changes that reflect current practice.
    FEMA and the NRC are issuing the final guidance document: 
``Criteria for Preparation and Evaluation of Radiological Emergency 
Response Plans and Preparedness in Support of Nuclear Power Plants'' 
(NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1, Rev. 2). The final guidance document included 
adjudication of 631 comments from 32 commenters. FEMA and the NRC 
prepared a comment/response matrix entitled ``Adjudication Report for 
NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1, Rev. 2 Public Comments Sorted by Document Order 
December 2019'' that may be viewed at www.regulations.gov under Docket 
ID FEMA-2012-0026. The substantive changes in the final guidance 
document align with the national preparedness doctrine, as directed by 
the President in directives and supported by the National Preparedness 
System (NPS).

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Additionally, this final guidance document incorporates the 
Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program guidance into the NPS, thus 
ensuring that it is risk- and threat-informed and appropriate for the 
whole community.
    The contents of this final guidance document do not have the force 
and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. This 
final guidance document is intended only to provide clarity to the 
public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency 
policies.
    Implementation: The timeframe for transition to the final guidance 
document, ``Criteria for Preparation and Evaluation of Radiological 
Emergency Response Plans and Preparedness in Support of Nuclear Power 
Plants'' (NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1, Rev. 2), will vary amongst State, 
local, and Tribal governments and will be tied to their individual 
exercise cycle. FEMA intends to work with each jurisdiction to 
determine the best timeframe for transition, taking both the level of 
effort and where each is within their exercise cycle into account.

    Authority:  NRC Authorization Acts of 1980 (Pub. L. 96-295) and 
1982-1983 (Pub. L. 97-415); Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and 
Emergency Assistance Act, as amended, Titles II and VI, Sections 201 
and 611, 42 U.S.C. 5131 and 5196; Homeland Security Act of 2002, as 
amended, Title VI, Chapter 1, Subchapter V, Sections 503 and 504, 6 
U.S.C. 313 and 314; Security and Accountability for Every Port Act 
of 2006, Title V, Section 612, 6 U.S.C. 314a; Department of Veterans 
Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies 
Appropriations for 1999, 42 U.S.C. 5196e; Post-Katrina Emergency 
Management Reform Act of 2006, Title VI, Sections 602, 642, 643, and 
644, 6 U.S.C. 701, 742, 743, and 744; Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 
1978; E.O. 12241, as amended; E.O. 12127, as amended. E.O. 12148, as 
amended; E.O. 12657, as amended; FEMA's regulations in title 44, 
chapter I, parts 350-354 of the CFR.

    Dated: November 27, 2019.
Pete Gaynor,
Acting Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency.
[FR Doc. 2019-27384 Filed 12-20-19; 8:45 am]
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