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Download as PDF 31709 Proposed Rules Federal Register Vol. 85, No. 102 Wednesday, May 27, 2020 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules. NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION 10 CFR Part 50 [Docket No. PRM–50–121; NRC–2020–0055] Voluntary Adoption of Revised Design Basis Accident Dose Criteria Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Petition for rulemaking; notice of docketing, and request for comment. AGENCY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has received a petition for rulemaking from John G. Parillo dated November 23, 2019, requesting that the NRC develop a voluntary rule allowing licensees to adopt revised design basis accident dose acceptance criteria that reflect modern health physics recommendations and modern plant designs, that better balance the protection of the control room operator and of the public, and that relieve the regulatory burden associated with meeting the current control room dose criterion. The petition was docketed by the NRC on February 19, 2020, and has been assigned Docket No. PRM–50–121. The NRC is examining the issues raised in PRM–50–121 to determine whether they should be considered in rulemaking. The NRC is requesting public comment on this petition at this time. DATES: Submit comments by August 10, 2020. Comments received after this date will be considered if it is practical to do so, but the NRC is able to assure 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 for Docket ID NRC–2020–0055. Address questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301–415–3463; email: Carol.Gallagher@nrc.gov. For technical questions contact the individual listed in the FOR FURTHER jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:25 May 26, 2020 Jkt 250001 section of this document. • Email comments to: Rulemaking.Comments@nrc.gov. If you do not receive an automatic email reply confirming receipt, then contact us at 301–415–1677. • Mail comments to: Secretary, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001, ATTN: Rulemakings and Adjudications Staff. 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: Mark Lintz, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–001; telephone: 301–415– 4051. INFORMATION CONTACT B. Submitting Comments I. Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments Please include Docket ID NRC–2020– 0055 in your comment submission. 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 will post all comment submissions at http:// www.regulations.gov as well as enter 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 submissions to remove such information before making the comment submissions available to the public or entering the comment into ADAMS. A. Obtaining Information II. The Petitioner and Petition Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2020– 0055 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–2020–0055. • 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 petition is available in ADAMS under Accession No. ML20050M894. • Attention: The Public Document Room (PDR), where you may examine and order copies of public documents, is currently closed. You may submit your request to the PDR via email at PDR.Resource@nrc.gov or call 1–800– 397–4209 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (EST), Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The petition for rulemaking was filed by John Parillo, a private citizen. The petition requests the NRC revise its regulations to allow power reactor licensees to adopt revised accident dose acceptance criteria as an alternative to the accident dose criteria specified in § 50.67, ‘‘Accident source term.’’ The revised accident dose criteria would be described in a separate voluntary rule § 50.67(a) specifying a uniform value of 100 milli-Sieverts (10 rem) for offsite locations and for the control room. The petition may be found in ADAMS at Accession No. ML20050M894. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 III. Discussion of the Petition The petition states that the NRC design basis accident dose criteria and the resulting design of accident mitigation systems could be perceived to emphasize protection of the control room operator over protection of the public. The control room criterion restricts the calculated 30-day accident dose to the annual occupational limit of 5 rem while the offsite dose criteria allows for a calculated dose of 25 rem in 2 hours. The petition states that the offsite dose criteria were derived from the siting practices of the earliest reactors and do not reflect current health physics knowledge or modern E:\FR\FM\27MYP1.SGM 27MYP1 31710 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 102 / Wednesday, May 27, 2020 / Proposed Rules plant construction. As a result, the petition argues that the design of accident mitigation systems may not be optimized for protecting public health and safety, and that the control room accident dose criterion has proven to be challenging to demonstrate with most plants having very little margin to meet the regulation. The petition proposes an alternative, voluntary rule that would allow licensees to adopt revised accident dose criteria that the petition asserts resolve the concerns identified above. IV. Conclusion The NRC has determined that the petition meets the threshold sufficiency requirements for docketing a petition for rulemaking under 10 CFR 2.803, ‘‘2.803 Petition for rulemaking—NRC action.’’ The NRC is examining the merits of the issues raised in PRM–50–121 to determine whether these issues should be considered in rulemaking. Dated this 12th day of May, 2020. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Annette L. Vietti-Cook, Secretary of the Commission. [FR Doc. 2020–10599 Filed 5–26–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION 12 CFR Part 354 RIN 3064–AF31 Parent Companies of Industrial Banks and Industrial Loan Companies; Extension of Comment Period Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking: Extension of comment period. AGENCY: On March 31, 2020, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation published in the Federal Register a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) entitled ‘‘Parent Companies of Industrial Banks and Industrial Loan Companies’’ proposing a rule that would require certain conditions and commitments for each deposit insurance application approval, non-objection to a change in control notice, and merger application approval that would result in an insured industrial bank or industrial loan company becoming, after the effective date of any final rule, a subsidiary of a company that is not subject to consolidated supervision by the Federal Reserve Board. 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ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by RIN 3064–AF31, on the notice of proposed rulemaking using any of the following methods: • Agency website: https:// www.fdic.gov/regulations/laws/federal. Follow the instructions for submitting comments on the agency website. • Email: comments@fdic.gov. Include RIN 3064–AF31 on the subject line of the message. • Mail: Robert E. Feldman, Executive Secretary, Attention: Comments, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, 550 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20429. • Hand Delivery: Comments may be hand delivered to the guard station at the rear of the 550 17th Street building (located on F Street) on business days between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. • Public Inspection: All comments received, including any personal information provided, will be posted generally without change to https:// www.fdic.gov/regulations/laws/federal. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Flanigan, Senior Counsel, (202) 898–7426, mflanigan@fdic.gov; Catherine Topping, Counsel, (202) 898– 3975, ctopping@fdic.gov; Gregory Feder, Counsel, (202) 898–8724, gfeder@ fdic.gov; Joyce Raidle, Counsel, (202) 898–6763, jraidle@fdic.gov; Merritt Pardini, Counsel, (202) 898–6680, mpardini@fdic.gov, Legal Division; Don Hamm, Special Advisor, (202) 898– 3528, dhamm@fdic.gov; Scott Leifer, Senior Review Examiner, (508) 698– 0361, Extension 8027, sleifer@fdic.gov, Division of Risk Management Supervision. On March 31, 2020, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation published in the Federal SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Register 1 an NPR proposing a new rule, Part 354 of the FDIC’s Rules and Regulations, that would require certain conditions, commitments, and written agreements for each deposit insurance application approval, non-objection to a change in control notice, and merger application approval that would result in an insured industrial bank or industrial loan company becoming, after the effective date of any final rule, a subsidiary of a company that is not subject to consolidated supervision by the Federal Reserve Board. The NPR stated the comment period would close on June 1, 2020. An extension of the comment period will provide additional time for interested parties to prepare comments to address the matters raised in the NPR. Therefore, the FDIC is extending the comment period for the NPR on parent companies of industrial banks and industrial loan companies from June 1, 2020, to July 1, 2020. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Dated at Washington, DC, on May 22, 2020. Robert E. Feldman, Executive Secretary. [FR Doc. 2020–11446 Filed 5–22–20; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 6714–01–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Internal Revenue Service 26 CFR Part 1 [REG–124810–19] RIN 1545–BP76 Guidance Clarifying Premium Tax Credit Unaffected by Suspension of Personal Exemption Deduction Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking. AGENCY: This document includes proposed regulations under sections 36B and 6011 of the Internal Revenue Code (Code) that clarify that the reduction of the personal exemption deduction to zero for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2017, and before January 1, 2026, does not affect an individual taxpayer’s ability to claim the premium tax credit. 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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

10 CFR Part 50

[Docket No. PRM-50-121; NRC-2020-0055]


Voluntary Adoption of Revised Design Basis Accident Dose Criteria

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Petition for rulemaking; notice of docketing, and request for 
comment.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has received a 
petition for rulemaking from John G. Parillo dated November 23, 2019, 
requesting that the NRC develop a voluntary rule allowing licensees to 
adopt revised design basis accident dose acceptance criteria that 
reflect modern health physics recommendations and modern plant designs, 
that better balance the protection of the control room operator and of 
the public, and that relieve the regulatory burden associated with 
meeting the current control room dose criterion. The petition was 
docketed by the NRC on February 19, 2020, and has been assigned Docket 
No. PRM-50-121. The NRC is examining the issues raised in PRM-50-121 to 
determine whether they should be considered in rulemaking. The NRC is 
requesting public comment on this petition at this time.

DATES: Submit comments by August 10, 2020. Comments received after this 
date will be considered if it is practical to do so, but the NRC is 
able to assure 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 for Docket ID NRC-2020-0055. Address 
questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301-415-
3463; email: [email protected]. For technical questions contact 
the individual listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of 
this document.
     Email comments to: [email protected]. If you do 
not receive an automatic email reply confirming receipt, then contact 
us at 301-415-1677.
     Mail comments to: Secretary, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory 
Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, ATTN: Rulemakings and 
Adjudications Staff.
    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: Mark Lintz, Office of Nuclear Material 
Safety and Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, 
DC 20555-001; telephone: 301-415-4051.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments

A. Obtaining Information

    Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2020-0055 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-2020-0055.
     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 ``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 [email protected]. The petition is available in ADAMS 
under Accession No. ML20050M894.
     Attention: The Public Document Room (PDR), where you may 
examine and order copies of public documents, is currently closed. You 
may submit your request to the PDR via email at [email protected] or 
call 1-800-397-4209 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (EST), Monday 
through Friday, except Federal holidays.

B. Submitting Comments

    Please include Docket ID NRC-2020-0055 in your comment submission.
    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 will post all comment submissions at http://www.regulations.gov as well as enter 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 submissions to 
remove such information before making the comment submissions available 
to the public or entering the comment into ADAMS.

II. The Petitioner and Petition

    The petition for rulemaking was filed by John Parillo, a private 
citizen. The petition requests the NRC revise its regulations to allow 
power reactor licensees to adopt revised accident dose acceptance 
criteria as an alternative to the accident dose criteria specified in 
Sec.  50.67, ``Accident source term.'' The revised accident dose 
criteria would be described in a separate voluntary rule Sec.  50.67(a) 
specifying a uniform value of 100 milli-Sieverts (10 rem) for offsite 
locations and for the control room. The petition may be found in ADAMS 
at Accession No. ML20050M894.

III. Discussion of the Petition

    The petition states that the NRC design basis accident dose 
criteria and the resulting design of accident mitigation systems could 
be perceived to emphasize protection of the control room operator over 
protection of the public. The control room criterion restricts the 
calculated 30-day accident dose to the annual occupational limit of 5 
rem while the offsite dose criteria allows for a calculated dose of 25 
rem in 2 hours. The petition states that the offsite dose criteria were 
derived from the siting practices of the earliest reactors and do not 
reflect current health physics knowledge or modern

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plant construction. As a result, the petition argues that the design of 
accident mitigation systems may not be optimized for protecting public 
health and safety, and that the control room accident dose criterion 
has proven to be challenging to demonstrate with most plants having 
very little margin to meet the regulation.
    The petition proposes an alternative, voluntary rule that would 
allow licensees to adopt revised accident dose criteria that the 
petition asserts resolve the concerns identified above.

IV. Conclusion

    The NRC has determined that the petition meets the threshold 
sufficiency requirements for docketing a petition for rulemaking under 
10 CFR 2.803, ``2.803 Petition for rulemaking--NRC action.'' The NRC is 
examining the merits of the issues raised in PRM-50-121 to determine 
whether these issues should be considered in rulemaking.

    Dated this 12th day of May, 2020.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Annette L. Vietti-Cook,
Secretary of the Commission.
[FR Doc. 2020-10599 Filed 5-26-20; 8:45 am]
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