Advance Tribal Notification of Certain Radioactive Material Shipments, 18477-18478 [2021-07281]

Download as PDF 18477 Proposed Rules Federal Register Vol. 86, No. 67 Friday, April 9, 2021 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 37 [Docket No. PRM–37–2; NRC–2021–0051] Advance Tribal Notification of Certain Radioactive Material Shipments 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 Richard Arnold and Ron Johnson on behalf of the Tribal Radioactive Materials Transportation Committee, dated December 4, 2020, requesting that the NRC revise its regulations to ensure consistency regarding advance Tribal notification of certain radioactive material shipments with similar regulations for State notification. The petition was docketed by the NRC on February 11, 2021, and has been assigned Docket No. PRM–37–2. The NRC is examining the issues raised in PRM–37–2 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 June 23, 2021. 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; 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–2021–0051. Address questions about NRC Docket IDs to Dawn Forder; telephone: 301–415–3407; email: Dawn.Forder@nrc.gov. For technical questions contact the individuals listed in the FOR FURTHER SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:14 Apr 08, 2021 Jkt 253001 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: David Drucker, telephone: 301–415– 6223, email: David.Drucker@nrc.gov, and Anita Gray, telephone: 301–415– 7036, email: Anita.Gray@nrc.gov. Both are staff of the Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: INFORMATION CONTACT I. Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments A. Obtaining Information Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2021– 0051 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–2021–0051. • 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 ADAMS accession number for each document referenced (if it is available in ADAMS) is provided the first time that it is mentioned in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section. • 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 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 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 The NRC encourages electronic comment submission through the Federal Rulemaking website (https:// www.regulations.gov). Please include Docket ID NRC–2021–0051 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. The Petitioner and the Petition The petition for rulemaking (PRM) was filed by Richard Arnold and Ron Johnson on behalf of the Tribal Radioactive Materials Transportation Committee (TRMTC). The PRM requests that the NRC revise its regulations at part 37 of title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), ‘‘Physical protection of category 1 and category 2 quantities of radioactive material,’’ to ensure consistency with 10 CFR part 71, ‘‘Packaging and transportation of radioactive material,’’ and 10 CFR part 73, ‘‘Physical protection of plants and materials,’’ regarding advance Tribal notification of certain radioactive material shipments. The petition may be found in ADAMS at Accession ML21042B011. III. Discussion of the Petition The letter from the petitioner states, ‘‘TRMTC believes consistent notification standards must be applied to states and tribal governments. . .’’. E:\FR\FM\09APP1.SGM 09APP1 18478 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 67 / Friday, April 9, 2021 / Proposed Rules This letter identifies a discrepancy between 10 CFR part 37 and 10 CFR parts 71 and 73 regarding advance notification of Tribal Governments for certain radioactive material shipments. The NRC regulations in § 71.79, ‘‘Advance notification of shipment of irradiated reactor fuel and nuclear waste,’’ require licensees provide advance notification to the NRC, States, and participating Tribes for irradiated fuel and for the shipment of licensed material, other than irradiated fuel, meeting the certain conditions. The NRC regulations in § 73.37, ‘‘Requirements for physical protection of irradiated reactor fuel in transit,’’ require licensees provide advance notification to the NRC, States and participating Tribes for spent nuclear fuel. While § 37.77 requires licensees provide advance notice to the NRC and States for the shipment of licensed material in a category 1 quality, there is no requirement for licensees to provide advance notification to Tribes for such shipments. IV. Conclusion The NRC has determined that the petition meets the sufficiency requirements for docketing a PRM under § 2.803, ‘‘Petition for rulemaking-NRC action.’’ The NRC will examine the issues raised in PRM–37–2 and any comments received in response to this comment request to determine whether these issues should be considered in rulemaking. Dated: April 5, 2021. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Annette L. Vietti-Cook, Secretary of the Commission. [FR Doc. 2021–07281 Filed 4–8–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY 10 CFR Part 430 [EERE–2019–BT–STD–0036] RIN 1904–AE82 Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Consumer Products; Early Assessment Review; Boilers Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy. ACTION: Extension of public comment period. AGENCY: On March 25, 2021, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE or the Department) published in the Federal SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:47 Apr 08, 2021 Jkt 253001 Register an early assessment request for information (RFI) pertaining to the potential amendment of energy conservation standards for consumer boilers. The early assessment RFI provided an opportunity for submission of written comments, data, and information to the Department by April 26, 2021. Prior to the end of the comment period for the RFI, DOE received requests from the AirConditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), as well as from the American Public Gas Association (APGA), seeking additional time to consider the issues raised in the early assessment RFI. In light of these requests, DOE is announcing its decision to extend the comment period on the subject RFI for an additional 30 days. DATES: The comment period for the consumer boilers early assessment RFI published in the Federal Register on March 25, 2021 (86 FR 15804) is extended to May 26, 2021. Written comments, data, and information are requested and will be accepted on or before May 26, 2021. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are encouraged to submit comments using the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Alternatively, interested persons may submit comments by email to the following address: Email: ConsumerBoilers2019STD0036@ ee.doe.gov. Include ‘‘Consumer Boilers RFI’’ and docket number EERE–2019– BT–STD–0036 and/or RIN 1904–AE82 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. No telefacsimiles (faxes) will be accepted. Although DOE has routinely accepted public comment submissions through a variety of mechanisms, including postal mail and hand delivery/courier, the Department has found it necessary to make temporary modifications to the comment submission process in light of the ongoing Covid–19 pandemic. DOE is currently accepting only electronic submissions at this time. If a commenter finds that this change poses an undue hardship, please contact Appliance Standards Program staff at (202) 586– 1445 to discuss the need for alternative arrangements. Once the Covid–19 pandemic health emergency is resolved, DOE anticipates resuming all of its regular options for public comment submission, including postal mail and hand delivery/courier. PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Docket: The docket for this activity, which includes Federal Register notices, 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, such as those containing information that is exempt from public disclosure, may not be publicly available. The docket web page can be found at: http://www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=EERE-2019-BT-STD0036. The docket web page contains instructions on how to access all documents, including public comments, in the docket. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Catherine Rivest, 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– 7335. Email: ApplianceStandardsQuestions@ ee.doe.gov. Mr. Eric Stas, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the General Counsel, GC–33, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585–0121. Telephone: (202) 586–5827. Email: Eric.Stas@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: ApplianceStandards Questions@ee.doe.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DOE published an early assessment RFI pertaining to energy conservation standards for consumer boilers in the Federal Register on March 25, 2021. 86 FR 15804. The early assessment RFI initiated a data collection process and seeks input from the public to assist DOE in evaluating whether amended energy conservation standards for consumer boilers would result in significant savings of energy, be technologically feasible, and be economically justified. In that early assessment RFI, DOE requested submission of written comment, data, and information pertaining to that subject by April 26, 2021. On March 31, 2021, AHRI, an interested party in the matter, submitted a request 1 for a 30-day extension of the public comment period for the early assessment RFI for consumer boilers that DOE previously published in the 1 Available at https://www.regulations.gov/ comment/EERE-2019-BT-STD-0036-0002. E:\FR\FM\09APP1.SGM 09APP1

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[FR Doc No: 2021-07281]


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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

10 CFR Part 37

[Docket No. PRM-37-2; NRC-2021-0051]


Advance Tribal Notification of Certain Radioactive Material 
Shipments

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 Richard Arnold and Ron Johnson on behalf 
of the Tribal Radioactive Materials Transportation Committee, dated 
December 4, 2020, requesting that the NRC revise its regulations to 
ensure consistency regarding advance Tribal notification of certain 
radioactive material shipments with similar regulations for State 
notification. The petition was docketed by the NRC on February 11, 
2021, and has been assigned Docket No. PRM-37-2. The NRC is examining 
the issues raised in PRM-37-2 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 June 23, 2021. 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; 
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-2021-0051. Address 
questions about NRC Docket IDs to Dawn Forder; telephone: 301-415-3407; 
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: David Drucker, telephone: 301-415-
6223, email: [email protected], and Anita Gray, telephone: 301-415-
7036, email: [email protected]. Both are staff of the Office of 
Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards, 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-2021-0051 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-2021-0051.
     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 ADAMS accession number for each 
document referenced (if it is available in ADAMS) is provided the first 
time that it is mentioned in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.
     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

    The NRC encourages electronic comment submission through the 
Federal Rulemaking website (https://www.regulations.gov). Please 
include Docket ID NRC-2021-0051 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. The Petitioner and the Petition

    The petition for rulemaking (PRM) was filed by Richard Arnold and 
Ron Johnson on behalf of the Tribal Radioactive Materials 
Transportation Committee (TRMTC). The PRM requests that the NRC revise 
its regulations at part 37 of title 10 of the Code of Federal 
Regulations (10 CFR), ``Physical protection of category 1 and category 
2 quantities of radioactive material,'' to ensure consistency with 10 
CFR part 71, ``Packaging and transportation of radioactive material,'' 
and 10 CFR part 73, ``Physical protection of plants and materials,'' 
regarding advance Tribal notification of certain radioactive material 
shipments. The petition may be found in ADAMS at Accession ML21042B011.

III. Discussion of the Petition

    The letter from the petitioner states, ``TRMTC believes consistent 
notification standards must be applied to states and tribal 
governments. . .''.

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This letter identifies a discrepancy between 10 CFR part 37 and 10 CFR 
parts 71 and 73 regarding advance notification of Tribal Governments 
for certain radioactive material shipments. The NRC regulations in 
Sec.  71.79, ``Advance notification of shipment of irradiated reactor 
fuel and nuclear waste,'' require licensees provide advance 
notification to the NRC, States, and participating Tribes for 
irradiated fuel and for the shipment of licensed material, other than 
irradiated fuel, meeting the certain conditions. The NRC regulations in 
Sec.  73.37, ``Requirements for physical protection of irradiated 
reactor fuel in transit,'' require licensees provide advance 
notification to the NRC, States and participating Tribes for spent 
nuclear fuel. While Sec.  37.77 requires licensees provide advance 
notice to the NRC and States for the shipment of licensed material in a 
category 1 quality, there is no requirement for licensees to provide 
advance notification to Tribes for such shipments.

IV. Conclusion

    The NRC has determined that the petition meets the sufficiency 
requirements for docketing a PRM under Sec.  2.803, ``Petition for 
rulemaking-NRC action.'' The NRC will examine the issues raised in PRM-
37-2 and any comments received in response to this comment request to 
determine whether these issues should be considered in rulemaking.

    Dated: April 5, 2021.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Annette L. Vietti-Cook,
Secretary of the Commission.
[FR Doc. 2021-07281 Filed 4-8-21; 8:45 am]
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