Information Collection: Domestic Licensing of Production and Utilization Facilities, 1825-1827 [2020-00284]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 8 / Monday, January 13, 2020 / Notices written request and payment of reproduction costs. Please email your request and payment to: Consent Decree Library, U.S. DOJ–ENRD, P.O. Box 7611, Washington, DC 20044–7611. Please enclose a check or money order for $128.50 (25 cents per page reproduction cost) payable to the United States Treasury. Henry Friedman, Assistant Section Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section, Environment and Natural Resources Division. [FR Doc. 2020–00265 Filed 1–10–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–15–P OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET Request for Comments on a Draft Memorandum to the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies, ‘‘Guidance for Regulation of Artificial Intelligence Applications’’ Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget. ACTION: Notice of availability and request for comments. 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The draft Memorandum is available at https:// www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/ uploads/2020/01/Draft-OMB-Memo-onRegulation-of-AI-1-7-19.pdf. DATES: Comments are requested on the draft Memorandum no later than March 13, 2020. ADDRESSES: All comments should be submitted via http:// khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:32 Jan 10, 2020 Jkt 250001 www.regulations.gov. Please submit comments only and include your name, company name (if any), and cite ‘‘Guidance for Regulation of Artificial Intelligence Applications’’ in all correspondence. All comments received will be posted, without change or redaction, to www.regulations.gov, so commenters should not include information they do not wish to be posted (e.g., personal or confidential business information). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alexander Hunt, Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, at ahunt@ omb.eop.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Executive Order 13859, ‘‘Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence,’’ which was issued on February 11, 2019, requires the Director of OMB, in coordination with the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Director of the Domestic Policy Council, and the Director of the National Economic Council, to issue a memorandum that provides guidance to all Federal agencies to inform the development of regulatory and nonregulatory approaches regarding technologies and industrial sectors that are empowered or enabled by AI and consider ways to reduce barriers to the development and adoption of AI technologies. Dominic J. Mancini, Acting Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. [FR Doc. 2020–00261 Filed 1–10–20; 8:45 am] NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION RIN 3145–AA58 National Science Foundation. Notice announcing updated penalty inflation adjustments for civil monetary penalties for 2020. AGENCY: ACTION: The National Science Foundation (NSF or Foundation) is providing notice of its adjusted maximum civil monetary penalties, effective January 15, 2020. These adjustments are required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (the 2015 Act). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bijan Gilanshah, Assistant General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, SUMMARY: Fmt 4703 Dated: January 6, 2020. Suzanne Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation. [FR Doc. 2020–00149 Filed 1–10–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7555–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION Information Collection: Domestic Licensing of Production and Utilization Facilities Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Revision of existing information collection; request for comment. AGENCY: Notice on Penalty Inflation Adjustments for Civil Monetary Penalties Frm 00026 National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314. Telephone: 703–292–5055. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On June 27, 2016 (81 FR 41451), NSF published an interim final rule amending its regulations to adjust, for inflation, the maximum civil monetary penalties that may be imposed for violations of the Antarctic Conservation Act of 1978 (ACA), as amended, 16 U.S.C. 2401 et seq., and the Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act of 1986 (PFCRA), 31 U.S.C. 3801, et seq. These adjustments are required by the 2015 Act. The 2015 Act also requires agencies to make subsequent annual adjustments for inflation. Pursuant to OMB guidance dated December 16, 2019, the cost-ofliving adjustment multiplier for 2020 is 1.01764. Accordingly, the 2020 annual inflation adjustments for the maximum penalties under the ACA are $17,583 ($17,278 × 1.01764) for violations and $29,755 ($29,239 × 1.01764) for knowing violations of the ACA. Finally, the 2020 annual inflation adjustment for the maximum penalty for violations under PFCRA is $11,665 ($11,463 × 1.01764). [NRC–2017–0151] BILLING CODE 3110–01–P PO 00000 1825 Sfmt 4703 The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) invites public comment on the revision of an existing collection of information. The information collection is entitled, Domestic Licensing of Production and Utilization Facilities DATES: Submit comments by March 13, 2020. Comments received after this date will be considered if it is practical to do so, but the Commission is able to ensure consideration only for comments received on or before this date. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods: • Federal Rulemaking Website: Go to https://www.regulations.gov and search SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\13JAN1.SGM 13JAN1 1826 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 8 / Monday, January 13, 2020 / Notices for Docket ID NRC–2018–0215. Address questions about NRC docket IDs in Regulations.gov to Jennifer Borges; telephone: 301–287–9127; email: Jennifer.Borges@nrc.gov. For technical questions, contact the individuals listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document. • Mail comments to: David Cullison, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Mail Stop: T6–A10M, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001. For additional direction on obtaining information and submitting comments, see ‘‘Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments’’ in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Cullison, Office of the Chief Information Officer, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001; telephone: 301–415– 2084; email: INFOCOLLECTS.Resource@ NRC.GOV. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES I. Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments A. Obtaining Information Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2017– 0151 when contacting the NRC about the availability of information for this action. You may obtain publiclyavailable information related to this action by any of the following methods: • Federal Rulemaking Website: Go to https://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC–2018–0215. • NRC’s Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS): You may obtain publicly available documents online in the ADAMS Public Document collection at https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/ adams.html. To begin the search, select ‘‘Begin Web-based ADAMS Search.’’ For problems with ADAMS, 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 supporting statement is available in ADAMS under Accession No. ML19184A634. • 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. • NRC’s Clearance Officer: A copy of the collection of information and related instructions may be obtained without charge by contacting NRC’s Clearance Officer, David Cullison, Office of the Chief Information Officer, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001; telephone: 301–415– VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:32 Jan 10, 2020 Jkt 250001 2084; email: INFOCOLLECTS.Resource@ information collection remains unchanged. NRC.GOV. 9. The estimated number of hours B. Submitting Comments needed annually to comply with the Please include Docket ID NRC–2017– information collection requirement or 0151 in the subject line of your request: A reduction of 78 hours of comment submission, in order to ensure reporting burden. The total burden for that the NRC is able to make your the part 50 information collection will comment submission available to the be reduced from 3,731,355 to 3,731,277 public in this docket. hours. The NRC cautions you not to include 10. Abstract: The NRC intends to identifying or contact information in publish a Direct Final Rule amending comment submissions that you do not the information collection requirements want to be publicly disclosed in your in appendix H to 10 CFR part 50 related comment submission. The NRC will to the reactor vessel material post all comment submissions at https:// surveillance program reporting www.regulations.gov as well as enter the requirements. The requirements for a comment submissions into ADAMS, reactor vessel material surveillance and the NRC does not routinely edit program are specified in appendix H to comment submissions to remove 10 CFR part 50. Appendix H to 10 CFR identifying or contact information. part 50 requires light-water nuclear If you are requesting or aggregating power reactor licensees to implement a comments from other persons for reactor vessel material surveillance submission to the NRC, then you should program when it cannot be shown that inform those persons not to include the end of design life neutron fluence identifying or contact information that for the reactor vessel is below certain they do not want to be publicly criteria. This program monitors changes disclosed in their comment submission. in the fracture toughness properties of Your request should state that the NRC the reactor vessel materials adjacent to does not routinely edit comment the reactor core. This is done by testing submissions to remove such information of irradiated material specimens that are before making the comment in surveillance capsules in the reactor submissions available to the public or vessel for changes in material fracture entering the comment into ADAMS. toughness. The test results are used to assesses the integrity of the reactor II. Background vessel. In accordance with the Paperwork Licensees are required to submit a Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. summary technical report to the NRC chapter 35), the NRC is requesting within one year of the date of the public comment on its intention to surveillance capsule was withdrawn request the OMB’s approval for the from the reactor vessel unless an information collection summarized extension is granted by the Director, below. Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation. 1. The title of the information The report will contain the data collection: Appendix H to part 50 of title required by ASTM E 185, and the 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations results of all fracture toughness tests (10 CFR), ‘‘Domestic Licensing of conducted on the beltline materials in Production And Utilization Facilities.’’ the irradiated and unirradiated 2. OMB approval number: 3150–0011. conditions. At that time this 3. Type of submission: Revision. requirement was adopted (48 FR 24008; 4. The form number, if applicable: July 26, 1983), there was still a limited Not applicable. amount of data from irradiated materials 5. How often the collection is required from which to estimate embrittlement or requested: On occasion. trends of reactor vessels at nuclear 6. Who will be required or asked to power plants; thus, making it crucial for respond: Holders of an operating license timely reporting of test results. for commercial light-water power Some licensees have found it reactors. challenging to meet this one-year 7. The estimated number of annual requirement due to the time needed for responses: A reduction of 1 response. coordination among the multiple The total number of responses for the licensees participating in the program. part 50 information collection will be Because a significant number of test reduced from 43,678 to 43,677. specimens have been analyzed since 1983, resulting in an extensive 8. The estimated number of annual understanding of embrittlement respondents: There will be a reduction of 1 respondent submitting an extension mechanisms, there is no longer a need for submitting a report within one year. request; however, the total number of As a result, the NRC determined that the respondents to the 10 CFR part 50 PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\13JAN1.SGM 13JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 8 / Monday, January 13, 2020 / Notices reporting requirement in appendix H to 10 CFR part 50 could be revised. This Direct Final Rule will extend the reporting period from 1 year to 18 months and reduce the need for licensees to prepare and submit extension requests and the NRC resources to review the requests. III. Specific Requests for Comments The NRC is seeking comments that address the following questions: 1. Is the proposed collection of information necessary for the NRC to properly perform its functions? Does the information have practical utility? 2. Is the estimate of the burden of the information collection accurate? 3. Is there a way to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected? 4. How can the burden of the information collection on respondents be minimized, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology? Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 8th day of January 2020. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. David C. Cullison, NRC Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2020–00284 Filed 1–10–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket No. 50–293; NRC–2019–0245] Holtec Pilgrim, LLC; Holtec Decommissioning International, LLC; Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Exemption; issuance. AGENCY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued an exemption in response to a request from the licensee that would permit Holtec Pilgrim, LLC and Holtec Decommissioning International, LLC to reduce the required level of primary offsite liability insurance from $450 million to $100 million and to eliminate the requirement to carry secondary financial protection for Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station. DATES: The exemption was issued on January 6, 2020. ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2019–0245 when contacting the NRC about the availability of information regarding this document. You may obtain publicly-available information related to this document using any of the following methods: khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:32 Jan 10, 2020 Jkt 250001 • Federal Rulemaking Website: Go to https://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC–2019–0245. Address questions about NRC docket IDs in Regulations.gov to Jennifer Borges; telephone: 301–287–9127; email: Jennifer.Borges@nrc.gov. For technical questions, contact the individual listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document. • 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 ‘‘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. • 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Scott Wall, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington DC 20555– 0001; telephone: 301–415–2855, email: Scott.Wall@nrc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The text of the exemption is attached. Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 7th day of January 2020. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Scott P. Wall, Senior Project Manager, Plant Licensing Branch III, Division of Operating Reactor Licensing, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation. Attachment—Exemption NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION Docket No. 50–293 Holtec Pilgrim, LLC Holtec Decommissioning International, LLC Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station Exemption I. Background By letter dated November 10, 2015 (Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS) Accession No. ML15328A053), Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc. (ENOI) certified to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1827 Commission (NRC) that it planned to permanently cease power operations at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station (Pilgrim) no later than June 1, 2019. On May 31, 2019, ENOI permanently ceased power operations at Pilgrim. By letter dated June 10, 2019 (ADAMS Accession No. ML19161A033), ENOI certified to the NRC that the fuel was permanently removed from the Pilgrim reactor vessel and placed in the spent fuel pool (SFP) on June 9, 2019. Accordingly, pursuant to Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR) Section 50.82(a)(2), the Pilgrim renewed facility operating license no longer authorizes operation of the reactor or emplacement or retention of fuel in the reactor vessel. The facility is still authorized to possess and store irradiated (i.e., spent) nuclear fuel. Spent fuel is currently stored onsite at the Pilgrim facility in the SFP and in a dry cask independent spent fuel storage installation (ISFSI). II. Request/Action By letter dated March 25, 2019 (ADAMS Accession No. ML19088A127), as supplemented by letter dated July 30, 2019 (ADAMS Accession No. ML19211B509), ENOI requested an exemption from 10 CFR 140.11(a)(4) concerning offsite primary and secondary liability insurance. The exemption from 10 CFR 140.11(a)(4) would permit the licensee to reduce the required level of primary offsite liability insurance from $450 million to $100 million and to eliminate the requirement to carry secondary financial protection for Pilgrim. By letter dated November 16, 2018 (ADAMS Accession No. ML18320A031), ENOI, on behalf of itself and Entergy Nuclear Generation Company (ENGC) (to be known as Holtec Pilgrim, LLC), Holtec International (Holtec), and Holtec Decommissioning International, LLC (HDI, the licensee) (together, Applicants), requested that the NRC consent to: (1) The indirect transfer of control of Renewed Facility Operating License No. DPR–35 for Pilgrim, as well as the general license for the Pilgrim ISFSI (together, the Licenses), to Holtec; and (2) the direct transfer of ENOI’s operating authority (i.e., its authority to conduct licensed activities at Pilgrim) to HDI. In addition, the Applicants requested that the NRC approve a conforming administrative amendment to the Licenses to reflect the proposed direct transfer of the Licenses from ENOI to HDI; a planned name change for ENGC from ENGC to Holtec Pilgrim, LLC; and deletion of certain license conditions to reflect satisfaction and termination of all ENGC obligations after the license transfer and equity sale. E:\FR\FM\13JAN1.SGM 13JAN1

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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[NRC-2017-0151]


Information Collection: Domestic Licensing of Production and 
Utilization Facilities

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Revision of existing information collection; request for 
comment.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) invites public 
comment on the revision of an existing collection of information. The 
information collection is entitled, Domestic Licensing of Production 
and Utilization Facilities

DATES: Submit comments by March 13, 2020. Comments received after this 
date will be considered if it is practical to do so, but the Commission 
is able to ensure consideration only for comments received on or before 
this date.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
     Federal Rulemaking Website: Go to https://www.regulations.gov and search

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for Docket ID NRC-2018-0215. Address questions about NRC docket IDs in 
Regulations.gov to Jennifer Borges; telephone: 301-287-9127; email: 
[email protected]. For technical questions, contact the 
individuals listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of 
this document.
     Mail comments to: David Cullison, Office of the Chief 
Information Officer, Mail Stop: T6-A10M, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory 
Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001.
    For additional direction on obtaining information and submitting 
comments, see ``Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments'' in the 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Cullison, Office of the Chief 
Information Officer, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 
20555-0001; telephone: 301-415-2084; email: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments

A. Obtaining Information

    Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2017-0151 when contacting the NRC 
about the availability of information for this action. You may obtain 
publicly-available information related to this action by any of the 
following methods:
     Federal Rulemaking Website: Go to https://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2018-0215.
     NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System 
(ADAMS): You may obtain publicly available documents online in the 
ADAMS Public Document collection at https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. To begin the search, select ``Begin Web-based ADAMS 
Search.'' For problems with ADAMS, contact the NRC's Public Document 
Room (PDR) reference staff at 1-800-397-4209, 301-415-4737, or by email 
to [email protected]. The supporting statement is available in ADAMS 
under Accession No. ML19184A634.
     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.
     NRC's Clearance Officer: A copy of the collection of 
information and related instructions may be obtained without charge by 
contacting NRC's Clearance Officer, David Cullison, Office of the Chief 
Information Officer, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 
20555-0001; telephone: 301-415-2084; email: 
[email protected].

B. Submitting Comments

    Please include Docket ID NRC-2017-0151 in the subject line of 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 in comment submissions that you do not want to be publicly 
disclosed in your comment submission. The NRC will post all comment 
submissions at https://www.regulations.gov as well as enter the comment 
submissions into ADAMS, and 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 submissions to 
remove such information before making the comment submissions available 
to the public or entering the comment into ADAMS.

II. Background

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 
chapter 35), the NRC is requesting public comment on its intention to 
request the OMB's approval for the information collection summarized 
below.
    1. The title of the information collection: Appendix H to part 50 
of title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), ``Domestic 
Licensing of Production And Utilization Facilities.''
    2. OMB approval number: 3150-0011.
    3. Type of submission: Revision.
    4. The form number, if applicable: Not applicable.
    5. How often the collection is required or requested: On occasion.
    6. Who will be required or asked to respond: Holders of an 
operating license for commercial light-water power reactors.
    7. The estimated number of annual responses: A reduction of 1 
response. The total number of responses for the part 50 information 
collection will be reduced from 43,678 to 43,677.
    8. The estimated number of annual respondents: There will be a 
reduction of 1 respondent submitting an extension request; however, the 
total number of respondents to the 10 CFR part 50 information 
collection remains unchanged.
    9. The estimated number of hours needed annually to comply with the 
information collection requirement or request: A reduction of 78 hours 
of reporting burden. The total burden for the part 50 information 
collection will be reduced from 3,731,355 to 3,731,277 hours.
    10. Abstract: The NRC intends to publish a Direct Final Rule 
amending the information collection requirements in appendix H to 10 
CFR part 50 related to the reactor vessel material surveillance program 
reporting requirements. The requirements for a reactor vessel material 
surveillance program are specified in appendix H to 10 CFR part 50. 
Appendix H to 10 CFR part 50 requires light-water nuclear power reactor 
licensees to implement a reactor vessel material surveillance program 
when it cannot be shown that the end of design life neutron fluence for 
the reactor vessel is below certain criteria. This program monitors 
changes in the fracture toughness properties of the reactor vessel 
materials adjacent to the reactor core. This is done by testing of 
irradiated material specimens that are in surveillance capsules in the 
reactor vessel for changes in material fracture toughness. The test 
results are used to assesses the integrity of the reactor vessel.
    Licensees are required to submit a summary technical report to the 
NRC within one year of the date of the surveillance capsule was 
withdrawn from the reactor vessel unless an extension is granted by the 
Director, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation. The report will contain 
the data required by ASTM E 185, and the results of all fracture 
toughness tests conducted on the beltline materials in the irradiated 
and unirradiated conditions. At that time this requirement was adopted 
(48 FR 24008; July 26, 1983), there was still a limited amount of data 
from irradiated materials from which to estimate embrittlement trends 
of reactor vessels at nuclear power plants; thus, making it crucial for 
timely reporting of test results.
    Some licensees have found it challenging to meet this one-year 
requirement due to the time needed for coordination among the multiple 
licensees participating in the program. Because a significant number of 
test specimens have been analyzed since 1983, resulting in an extensive 
understanding of embrittlement mechanisms, there is no longer a need 
for submitting a report within one year. As a result, the NRC 
determined that the

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reporting requirement in appendix H to 10 CFR part 50 could be revised.
    This Direct Final Rule will extend the reporting period from 1 year 
to 18 months and reduce the need for licensees to prepare and submit 
extension requests and the NRC resources to review the requests.

III. Specific Requests for Comments

    The NRC is seeking comments that address the following questions:
    1. Is the proposed collection of information necessary for the NRC 
to properly perform its functions? Does the information have practical 
utility?
    2. Is the estimate of the burden of the information collection 
accurate?
    3. Is there a way to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of 
the information to be collected?
    4. How can the burden of the information collection on respondents 
be minimized, including the use of automated collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology?

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 8th day of January 2020.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
David C. Cullison,
NRC Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
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