Emergency Response Planning and Preparedness for Nuclear Power Reactors, 14651-14652 [2021-05501]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 50 / Wednesday, March 17, 2021 / Notices NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [NRC–2021–0042] Emergency Response Planning and Preparedness for Nuclear Power Reactors Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Draft regulatory guide; request for comment. AGENCY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing for public comment a draft regulatory guide (DG), DG–1357, ‘‘Emergency Response Planning and Preparedness for Nuclear Power Reactors.’’ This DG is proposed Revision 6 of Regulatory Guide (RG) 1.101, ‘‘Emergency Response Planning and Preparedness for Nuclear Power Reactors.’’ This proposed revision endorses Revision 0 of the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) white paper, ‘‘Implementing a 24-Month Frequency for Emergency Preparedness Program Reviews,’’ issued November 2019. In addition, this proposed revision includes guidance found in previous revisions of RG 1.101, updated NRC guidance documents, and other documents previously endorsed by the NRC to consolidate the list of these guidance documents into a single revision of the RG. DATES: Submit comments by April 16, 2021. 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; however, the NRC encourages electronic comment submission through the Federal Rulemaking website: • Federal Rulemaking Website: Go to https://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC–2021–0042. Address questions about Docket IDs in Regulations.gov to Stacy Schumann; telephone: 301–415–0624; email: Stacy.Schumann@nrc.gov. For technical questions, contact the individuals listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document. • Mail comments to: Office of Administration, Mail Stop: TWFN–7– A60M, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555– 0001, ATTN: Program Management, Announcements and Editing Staff. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:47 Mar 16, 2021 Jkt 253001 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: Charles Murray, Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response, telephone: 301–287–9246, email: Charles.Murray@nrc.gov and Mekonen Bayssie, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research, telephone: 301–415–1669, email: Mekonen.Bayssie@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–2021– 0042 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–2021–0042. • 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 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 or 301–415–4737, 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–2021– 0042 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. PO 00000 Frm 00081 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 14651 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. 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 issues or postulated events, and data that the staff needs in its review of applications for permits and licenses. The DG, entitled ‘‘Emergency Response Planning and Preparedness for Nuclear Power Reactors,’’ is temporarily identified by its task number, DG–1357 (ADAMS Accession No. ML21007A330). The staff is also issuing for public comment a draft regulatory analysis (ADAMS Accession No. ML21004A168). The staff develops a regulatory analysis to assess the value of issuing or revising a regulatory guide as well as alternative courses of action The staff would issue Revision 6 of RG 1.101 to endorse and update guidance that is available to licensees and applicants on methods acceptable to the NRC staff for complying with the NRC’s regulations for emergency response plans and preparedness at nuclear power reactors. This DG is for light water reactors, including those of an advanced design (e.g., AP1000); small modular reactors and other new technologies will have design-specific RGs to support development of their emergency plans. This proposed revision endorses Revision 0 of the NEI white paper, ‘‘Implementing a 24-Month Frequency for Emergency Preparedness Program Reviews,’’ issued November 2019. This proposed revision also includes guidance found in previous revisions of RG 1.101, updated NRC guidance documents, and other documents previously endorsed by the NRC to consolidate the list of these guidance documents into a single revision of the RG. E:\FR\FM\17MRN1.SGM 17MRN1 14652 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 50 / Wednesday, March 17, 2021 / Notices III. Backfitting, Forward Fitting, and Issue Finality DG–1357, if finalized, would revise RG 1.101, Revision 6, which describes methods acceptable to the NRC staff for complying with the NRC’s regulations to meet the regulatory requirements for emergency response planning and preparedness. Issuance of DG–1357, if finalized, would not constitute backfitting as defined in section 50.109 of the Code of Federal Regulation (10 CFR), ‘‘Backfitting,’’ and as described in NRC Management Directive (MD) 8.4, ‘‘Management of Backfitting, Forward Fitting, Issue Finality, and Information Requests’’; constitute forward fitting as that term is defined and described in MD 8.4; or affect the issue finality of any approval issued under 10 CFR part 52, ‘‘Licenses, certifications, and approvals for nuclear power plants.’’ As explained in DG–1357, applicants and licensees would not be required to comply with the positions set forth in DG–1357. Dated: March 12, 2021. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Meraj Rahimi, Chief, Regulatory Guidance and Generic Issues Branch, Division of Engineering, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research. [FR Doc. 2021–05501 Filed 3–16–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [NRC–2020–0219] Information Collection: Licensing Requirements for Land Disposal of Radioactive Waste Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Notice of submission to the Office of Management and Budget; request for comment. AGENCY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has recently submitted a request for renewal of an existing collection of information to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. The information collection is entitled, ‘‘Licensing Requirements for Land Disposal of Radioactive Waste.’’ DATES: Submit comments by April 16, 2021. 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: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:47 Mar 16, 2021 Jkt 253001 notice to https://www.reginfo.gov/ public/do/PRAMain. Find this particular information collection by selecting ‘‘Currently under Review— Open for Public Comments’’ or by using the search function. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Cullison, NRC Clearance Officer, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001; telephone: 301–415–2084; email: INFOCOLLECTS.Resource@nrc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments A. Obtaining Information Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2020– 0219 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–2020–0219. • 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 pdr.resource@ nrc.gov. The supporting statement is available in ADAMS under Accession No. ML21013A299. • 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 or 301–415–4737, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (EST), Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. • NRC’s Clearance Officer: A copy of the collection of information and related instructions may be obtained without charge by contacting the 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: INFOCOLLECTS.Resource@nrc.gov. B. Submitting Comments The NRC encourages electronic comment submission through the Federal Rulemaking website (https:// www.regulations.gov). Please include Docket ID NRC–2020–0219 in your comment submission. PO 00000 Frm 00082 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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. All comment submissions are posted at https:// www.regulations.gov and entered into ADAMS. Comment submissions are not routinely edited to remove identifying or contact information. If you are requesting or aggregating comments from other persons for submission to the OMB, 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 comment submissions are not routinely edited to remove such information before making the comment submissions available to the public or entering the comment into ADAMS. II. Background Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), the NRC recently submitted a request for renewal of an existing collection of information to OMB for review entitled, ‘‘Licensing Requirements for Land Disposal of Radioactive Waste.’’ The NRC hereby informs potential respondents that an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and that a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. The NRC published a Federal Register notice with a 60-day comment period on this information collection on October 13, 2020 (85 FR 64533). 1. The title of the information collection: Part 61 of title of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), ‘‘Licensing Requirements for Land Disposal of Radioactive Waste.’’ 2. OMB approval number: 3150–0135. 3. Type of submission: Extension. 4. The form number if applicable: Not applicable. 5. How often the collection is required or requested: Applications for licenses are submitted as needed. Other reports are submitted annually and as other events require. 6. Who will be required or asked to respond: Applicants for and holders of an NRC license (to include Agreement State licensees) for land disposal of lowlevel radioactive waste. 7. The estimated number of annual responses: 16 (12 reporting responses and 4 recordkeepers). 8. The estimated number of annual respondents: 4. 9. An estimate of the total number of hours needed annually to comply with E:\FR\FM\17MRN1.SGM 17MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 50 (Wednesday, March 17, 2021)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[NRC-2021-0042]


Emergency Response Planning and Preparedness for Nuclear Power 
Reactors

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Draft regulatory guide; request for comment.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing for 
public comment a draft regulatory guide (DG), DG-1357, ``Emergency 
Response Planning and Preparedness for Nuclear Power Reactors.'' This 
DG is proposed Revision 6 of Regulatory Guide (RG) 1.101, ``Emergency 
Response Planning and Preparedness for Nuclear Power Reactors.'' This 
proposed revision endorses Revision 0 of the Nuclear Energy Institute 
(NEI) white paper, ``Implementing a 24-Month Frequency for Emergency 
Preparedness Program Reviews,'' issued November 2019. In addition, this 
proposed revision includes guidance found in previous revisions of RG 
1.101, updated NRC guidance documents, and other documents previously 
endorsed by the NRC to consolidate the list of these guidance documents 
into a single revision of the RG.

DATES: Submit comments by April 16, 2021. 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; 
however, the NRC encourages electronic comment submission through the 
Federal Rulemaking website:
     Federal Rulemaking Website: Go to https://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2021-0042. Address 
questions about Docket IDs in Regulations.gov to Stacy Schumann; 
telephone: 301-415-0624; email: [email protected]. For technical 
questions, contact the individuals listed in the FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document.
     Mail comments to: Office of Administration, Mail Stop: 
TWFN-7-A60M, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-
0001, ATTN: Program Management, Announcements and Editing 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: Charles Murray, Office of Nuclear 
Security and Incident Response, telephone: 301-287-9246, email: 
[email protected] and Mekonen Bayssie, Office of Nuclear 
Regulatory Research, telephone: 301-415-1669, 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-2021-0042 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-2021-0042.
     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].
     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 or 
301-415-4737, 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-2021-0042 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. 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 issues or postulated events, and data that the staff needs in 
its review of applications for permits and licenses.
    The DG, entitled ``Emergency Response Planning and Preparedness for 
Nuclear Power Reactors,'' is temporarily identified by its task number, 
DG-1357 (ADAMS Accession No. ML21007A330). The staff is also issuing 
for public comment a draft regulatory analysis (ADAMS Accession No. 
ML21004A168). The staff develops a regulatory analysis to assess the 
value of issuing or revising a regulatory guide as well as alternative 
courses of action
    The staff would issue Revision 6 of RG 1.101 to endorse and update 
guidance that is available to licensees and applicants on methods 
acceptable to the NRC staff for complying with the NRC's regulations 
for emergency response plans and preparedness at nuclear power 
reactors. This DG is for light water reactors, including those of an 
advanced design (e.g., AP1000); small modular reactors and other new 
technologies will have design-specific RGs to support development of 
their emergency plans. This proposed revision endorses Revision 0 of 
the NEI white paper, ``Implementing a 24-Month Frequency for Emergency 
Preparedness Program Reviews,'' issued November 2019. This proposed 
revision also includes guidance found in previous revisions of RG 
1.101, updated NRC guidance documents, and other documents previously 
endorsed by the NRC to consolidate the list of these guidance documents 
into a single revision of the RG.

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III. Backfitting, Forward Fitting, and Issue Finality

    DG-1357, if finalized, would revise RG 1.101, Revision 6, which 
describes methods acceptable to the NRC staff for complying with the 
NRC's regulations to meet the regulatory requirements for emergency 
response planning and preparedness. Issuance of DG-1357, if finalized, 
would not constitute backfitting as defined in section 50.109 of the 
Code of Federal Regulation (10 CFR), ``Backfitting,'' and as described 
in NRC Management Directive (MD) 8.4, ``Management of Backfitting, 
Forward Fitting, Issue Finality, and Information Requests''; constitute 
forward fitting as that term is defined and described in MD 8.4; or 
affect the issue finality of any approval issued under 10 CFR part 52, 
``Licenses, certifications, and approvals for nuclear power plants.'' 
As explained in DG-1357, applicants and licensees would not be required 
to comply with the positions set forth in DG-1357.

    Dated: March 12, 2021.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Meraj Rahimi,
Chief, Regulatory Guidance and Generic Issues Branch, Division of 
Engineering, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research.
[FR Doc. 2021-05501 Filed 3-16-21; 8:45 am]
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