Emergency Preparedness for Small Modular Reactors and Other New Technologies, 44025-44026 [2020-15731]

Download as PDF 44025 Proposed Rules Federal Register Vol. 85, No. 140 Tuesday, July 21, 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 Parts 50 and 52 [NRC–2015–0225] RIN 3150–AJ68 Emergency Preparedness for Small Modular Reactors and Other New Technologies Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Proposed rule and guidance; request for comment; extension of comment period. AGENCY: On May 12, 2020, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued for public comment proposed amendments to its regulations regarding new alternative emergency preparedness requirements for small modular reactors and other new technologies. The public comment period was originally scheduled to close on July 27, 2020. The NRC is extending the public comment period to allow more time for members of the public and other stakeholders to develop and submit their comments. DATES: The comment period for the document published on May 12, 2020 (85 FR 28436) is extended. Comments should be filed no later than September 25, 2020. 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. 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–2015–0225. 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. • Email comments to: Rulemaking.Comments@nrc.gov. If you jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:03 Jul 20, 2020 Jkt 250001 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: Robert Beall, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards; telephone: 301– 415–3874; email: Robert.Beall@nrc.gov and Eric Schrader, Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response; telephone: 301–287–3789; email: Eric.Schrader@nrc.gov. Both are staff 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–2015– 0225 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–2015–0225. • NRC’s Agencywide Documents Access 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 Webbased 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. • Attention: The 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. B. Submitting Comments Please include Docket ID NRC–2015– 0225 in your comment submission. The PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 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 https:// 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. Discussion On June 24, 2020, the NRC received three emails (ADAMS Accession Numbers ML20177A319, ML20177A320, and ML20177A318) requesting the comment period for the proposed rule be extended by an additional 6 months. Two requestors state that due to the complexity of the rulemaking and the number of related documents that need to be reviewed, additional time is needed to submit comments. The third requestor states that due to the COVID–19 public health emergency, this is not the time to ask communities, emergency response leaders, and disaster readiness personnel to be commenting on a proposed rule. The NRC seeks to ensure the public and other stakeholders have a reasonable opportunity to provide the NRC with comments on this proposed action. The NRC acknowledges that the rulemaking documents contain a significant amount of information. Accordingly, the NRC has decided to extend the comment period for the proposed rule for an additional 60 days. A 60-day extension provides a reasonable opportunity for all stakeholders to review these documents and to develop informed comments on these documents. The NRC is extending the public comment period for the proposed rule until September 25, 2020, to allow more time for members of the public and E:\FR\FM\21JYP1.SGM 21JYP1 44026 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 140 / Tuesday, July 21, 2020 / Proposed Rules other stakeholders to submit their comments. Dated July 16, 2020. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Annette L. Vietti-Cook, Secretary to the Commission. [FR Doc. 2020–15731 Filed 7–20–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY 10 CFR Part 431 [EERE–2019–BT–TP–0025] RIN 1904–AE55 Energy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Commercial Prerinse Spray Valves Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy. ACTION: Reopening of public comment period. AGENCY: The U.S. Department of Energy (‘‘DOE’’) is reopening the public comment period for its Request for Information (‘‘RFI’’) regarding test procedures for commercial prerinse spray valves. DOE published the RFI in the Federal Register on June 5, 2020, establishing a 30-day public comment period that ended on July 6, 2020. On June 25, 2020, DOE received a comment requesting extension of the comment period by 30 days. DOE is reopening the public comment period for submitting comments for an additional 30 days. DATES: The comment period for the RFI published on June 5, 2020 (85 FR 34541), is re-opened. DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI received no later than August 20, 2020. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are encouraged to submit comments, identified by docket number EERE– 2019–BT–TP–0025, by any of the following methods: Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Email: CPSV2019TP0025@ee.doe.gov. Include the docket number EERE–2019– BT–TP–0025 and/or RIN 1904–AE55 in the subject line of the message. Submit electronic comments in WordPerfect, Microsoft Word, PDF, or ASCII file format, and avoid the use of special characters or any form of encryption. Postal Mail: Appliance and Equipment Standards Program, U.S. Department of Energy, Building jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:26 Jul 20, 2020 Jkt 250001 Technologies Office, Mailstop EE–5B, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585–0121. If possible, please submit all items on a compact disc (‘‘CD’’), in which case it is not necessary to include printed copies. Hand Delivery/Courier: Appliance and Equipment Standards Program, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Office, 950 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20024. Telephone: (202) 287–1445. If possible, please submit all items on a CD, in which case it is not necessary to include printed copies. No telefacsimilies (faxes) will be accepted. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents, or comments received, go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http:// www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail; D=EERE-2019-BT-TP-0025. The docket, which includes Federal Register notices, public meeting attendee lists and transcripts, comments, and other supporting documents/materials, is available for review at http://www.regulations.gov. All documents in the docket are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index. However, some documents listed in the index may not be publicly available, such as those containing information that is exempt from public disclosure. The docket web page can be found at: http://www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=EERE-2019-BT-TP0025. The docket web page contains instructions on how to access all documents, including public comments, in the docket. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Bryan Berringer, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Building Technologies Office, EE–5B, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585–0121. Telephone: (202) 586– 0371. Email: ApplianceStandardsQuestions@ ee.doe.gov. Ms. Kathryn McIntosh, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the General Counsel, GC–33, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585–0121. Telephone: (202) 586– 2002. Email: Kathryn.McIntosh@ hq.doe.gov. For further information on how to submit a comment or review other public comments and the docket contact the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program staff at (202) 287– 1445 or by email: ApplianceStandardsQuestions@ ee.doe.gov. PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 On June 5, 2020, DOE published a RFI in the Federal Register soliciting public comment on its test procedures for commercial prerinse spray valves. 85 FR 34541. Comments were originally due on July 6, 2020. On June 25, 2020, DOE received a comment from Plumbing Manufacturers International (‘‘PMI’’) requesting extension of the comment period by 30 days due to the need for more detailed feedback from its members to inform PMI’s comments.1 PMI stated that feedback has been difficult to obtain due to the current pandemic and related business impacts and priorities. DOE has reviewed the request and considered the benefit to stakeholders in providing additional time to review the RFI and gather information/data that DOE is seeking. Accordingly, DOE has determined that a re-opening of the comment period is appropriate, and will accept comments until August 20, 2020. DOE will consider any comments received from July 6, 2020 through the end of the comment period to be timely submitted. DOE feels that the additional time provided is adequate for stakeholders to respond to the RFI. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Signing Authority This document of the Department of Energy was signed on July 7, 2020, by Alexander N. Fitzsimmons, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, pursuant to delegated authority from the Secretary of Energy. That document with the original signature and date is maintained by DOE. For administrative purposes only, and in compliance with requirements of the Office of the Federal Register, the undersigned DOE Federal Register Liaison Officer has been authorized to sign and submit the document in electronic format for publication, as an official document of the Department of Energy. This administrative process in no way alters the legal effect of this document upon publication in the Federal Register. Signed in Washington, DC, on July 8, 2020. Treena V. Garrett, Federal Register Liaison Officer, U.S. Department of Energy. [FR Doc. 2020–15002 Filed 7–20–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P 1 DOE has posted this comment to the docket at https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EERE2019-BT-TP-0025-0002. E:\FR\FM\21JYP1.SGM 21JYP1

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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-15731]


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This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of 
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notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in 
the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules.

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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

10 CFR Parts 50 and 52

[NRC-2015-0225]
RIN 3150-AJ68


Emergency Preparedness for Small Modular Reactors and Other New 
Technologies

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Proposed rule and guidance; request for comment; extension of 
comment period.

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SUMMARY: On May 12, 2020, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) 
issued for public comment proposed amendments to its regulations 
regarding new alternative emergency preparedness requirements for small 
modular reactors and other new technologies. The public comment period 
was originally scheduled to close on July 27, 2020. The NRC is 
extending the public comment period to allow more time for members of 
the public and other stakeholders to develop and submit their comments.

DATES: The comment period for the document published on May 12, 2020 
(85 FR 28436) is extended. Comments should be filed no later than 
September 25, 2020. 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.

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-2015-0225. Address 
questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301-415-
3463; email: [email protected]. For technical questions contact 
the individuals 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: Robert Beall, Office of Nuclear 
Material Safety and Safeguards; telephone: 301-415-3874; email: 
[email protected] and Eric Schrader, Office of Nuclear Security and 
Incident Response; telephone: 301-287-3789; email: 
[email protected]. Both are staff 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-2015-0225 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-2015-0225.
     NRC's Agencywide Documents Access 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].
     Attention: The 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-2015-0225 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 https://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. Discussion

    On June 24, 2020, the NRC received three emails (ADAMS Accession 
Numbers ML20177A319, ML20177A320, and ML20177A318) requesting the 
comment period for the proposed rule be extended by an additional 6 
months. Two requestors state that due to the complexity of the 
rulemaking and the number of related documents that need to be 
reviewed, additional time is needed to submit comments. The third 
requestor states that due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, this 
is not the time to ask communities, emergency response leaders, and 
disaster readiness personnel to be commenting on a proposed rule.
    The NRC seeks to ensure the public and other stakeholders have a 
reasonable opportunity to provide the NRC with comments on this 
proposed action. The NRC acknowledges that the rulemaking documents 
contain a significant amount of information. Accordingly, the NRC has 
decided to extend the comment period for the proposed rule for an 
additional 60 days. A 60-day extension provides a reasonable 
opportunity for all stakeholders to review these documents and to 
develop informed comments on these documents.
    The NRC is extending the public comment period for the proposed 
rule until September 25, 2020, to allow more time for members of the 
public and

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other stakeholders to submit their comments.

    Dated July 16, 2020.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Annette L. Vietti-Cook,
Secretary to the Commission.
[FR Doc. 2020-15731 Filed 7-20-20; 8:45 am]
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