Receipts-Based NRC Size Standards, 39980-39984 [2021-15506]

Download as PDF 39980 Proposed Rules Federal Register Vol. 86, No. 140 Monday, July 26, 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 Parts 2 and 171 [NRC–2014–0264] RIN 3150–AJ51 Receipts-Based NRC Size Standards U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Proposed rule. AGENCY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its small business size standards, which are used to qualify an NRC licensee as a ‘‘small entity’’ under the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980, as amended (RFA). The purpose of these size standards is for reducing annual NRC license fees for small entities. These standards do not apply to NRC contracting for goods and services. The NRC is proposing to increase the upper and lower tiers for its receipts-based small entity size standards for small businesses and small not-for-profit organizations. This change will allow NRC standards to remain consistent with the inflation adjustments made by the Small Business Administration (SBA) size standard for nonmanufacturing concerns. In addition, in accordance with the Small Business Runway Extension Act of 2018 (Runway Act), the NRC is proposing to change the calculation of annual average receipts for the receipts-based NRC size standard for small businesses that provide a service or small businesses not engaged in manufacturing from a 3year averaging period to a 5-year averaging period. The public is invited to submit comments on this proposed rule. DATES: Submit comments by August 25, 2021. Comments received after this date will be considered if it is practical to do so, but the NRC is only able to ensure consideration for comments received before this date. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods: jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:44 Jul 23, 2021 Jkt 253001 • Federal Rulemaking website: Go to https://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC–2014–0264. Address questions about NRC dockets to Dawn Forder; telephone: 301–415–3407; email: Dawn.Forder@nrc.gov. For technical questions, contact the individual listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this proposed rule. • 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: Jo A. Jacobs, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, telephone: 301–415–8388; email: Jo.Jacobs@nrc.gov; or Billy Blaney, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, telephone: 301–415–5092; email: William.Blaney@nrc.gov. Both are staff of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555– 0001. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Table of Contents I. Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments II. Background III. Discussion IV. Regulatory Flexibility Certification V. Regulatory Analysis VI. Backfitting and Issue Finality VII. Plain Writing VIII. National Environmental Policy Act IX. Paperwork Reduction Act Public Protection Notification X. Voluntary Consensus Standards XI. Availability of Guidance XII. Availability of Documents I. Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments A. Obtaining Information Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2014– 0264 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: PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 • Federal Rulemaking website: Go to https://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC–2014–0264. • 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 or 301–415–4737, or by email to pdr.resource@nrc.gov. The ADAMS accession number for each document referenced (if that document is available in ADAMS) is provided the first time that a document is referenced. For the convenience of the reader, the ADAMS accession numbers are also provided in Section XIII, ‘‘Availability of Documents,’’ of this document. • Attention: The PDR, where you may examine and order copies of public documents, is currently closed. You may submit your request to PDR staff 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–2014– 0264 in the subject line of your comment submission in order to ensure that the NRC is able to make your comment submission publicly available in this docket. 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 posts all comment submissions at https:// www.regulations.gov as well as entering 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, you should inform those persons not to include identifying or contact information they do not want to be publicly disclosed in their comment submissions. Your request should state the NRC does not routinely edit comment submissions to remove such information before making the comment submissions available to E:\FR\FM\26JYP1.SGM 26JYP1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 140 / Monday, July 26, 2021 / Proposed Rules jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with PROPOSALS the public or entering the comment submissions into ADAMS. II. Background The NRC’s current size standards are provided under part 2 of title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), ‘‘Agency Rules of Practice and Procedure,’’ in § 2.810, ‘‘NRC size standards,’’ which were established on December 9, 1985, when implementing the requirements of the RFA (50 FR 50241). The RFA requires agencies to consider the impact of rulemaking on small entities and, consistent with applicable statutes, study alternatives to minimize these impacts on applicable businesses, organizations, and government jurisdictions. The NRC’s regulations in § 2.810 and 10 CFR part 171, ‘‘Annual Fees for Reactor Licenses and Fuel Cycle Licenses and Materials Licenses, Including Holders of Certificates of Compliance, Registrations, and Quality Assurance Program Approvals and Government Agencies Licensed by the NRC,’’ contain the criteria, in § 171.16(a) and (c), ‘‘Annual fees: Materials licensees, holders of certificates of compliance, holders of sealed source and device registrations, holders of quality assurance program approvals, and government agencies licensed by the NRC,’’ that certain licensees use to qualify as small entities for the purpose of reducing annual license fees only. The NRC’s current size standards under § 2.810 are based on the SBA’s receipts-based size standards for small businesses and small not-for-profit organizations, employee-based size standards for business concerns that are manufacturing and for small educational institutions that are not State or publicly supported entities, and population-based size standards for small governmental jurisdictions. In establishing the Fiscal Year (FY) 1991 fee rule, the NRC determined that the annual fees would have a significant impact on a substantial number of small material licensees. As a result, the NRC established a small entity fee tier in § 171.16(c), which resulted in a subsidy program whereby small entities would pay a reduced annual fee (56 FR 31507; July 10, 1991). In FY 1992, the NRC established a second tier in § 171.16(c) to benefit the licensees that were very small entities. Pursuant to § 171.16(c), if a licensee qualifies as a small entity and provides the Commission with the proper certification, the licensee may pay a reduced annual fee. As part of the certification process, a licensee that meets the NRC’s size standards for a small entity must complete NRC Form 526, ‘‘Certification of Small Entity VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:44 Jul 23, 2021 Jkt 253001 Status for the Purposes of Annual Fees,’’ certifying that it meets the NRC’s size standards for a small entity. The last revision, an inflationary adjustment, to the receipts-based size standards in §§ 2.810 and 171.16(c) was in a rule published in the Federal Register on July 3, 2012 (77 FR 39385) and in the FY 2013 final fee rule published in the Federal Register on July 1, 2013 (78 FR 39479), respectively. More recently, in FY 2020, the NRC surveyed its materials licensees to help determine whether to change the size standards in § 2.810 (85 FR 6225; February 4, 2020). With the exception of inflation-related increases and adjusting the methodology for calculating average gross-receipts to be consistent with the Runway Act and SBA regulations, the survey results did not suggest that the NRC should change its small entity size standards. The Runway Act amended section 3(a)(2)(C)(ii)(II) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632(a)(2)(C)(ii)(II)), to modify the requirements for the small business size standards prescribed by an agency without separate statutory authority to issue size standards. Subsequently, on December 5, 2019, the SBA published a final rule modifying its method for calculating average annual receipts used to prescribe size standards for small businesses (84 FR 66561). As a result, and because of the proposed inflationary adjustments described more fully in the ‘‘Discussion’’ section of this document, the NRC must revise its receipts-based size standards from a 3year averaging period to a 5-year averaging period to comply with the Runway Act. In order to amend § 2.810, the NRC must follow the procedures of the Small Business Act, and SBA’s implementing regulations in 13 CFR 121.903, ‘‘How may an agency use size standards for its programs that are different than those established by SBA?,’’ because it does not have separate statutory authority to issue size standards. III. Discussion The NRC is proposing to amend § 2.810 to increase the receipts-based small entity size standard from $7.0 million to $8.0 million for small businesses and small, not-for-profit organizations. These proposed amendments are to remain consistent with inflation adjustments made by the SBA to its size standard for nonmanufacturing concerns. Most recently, the SBA adjusted this standard for inflation on July 18, 2019 (84 FR 34261). In addition, the NRC is also proposing to amend the average grossreceipts calculation process to change PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 39981 from a 3-year averaging period to a 5year averaging period, as required by SBA regulations and in response to the Runway Act. Further, and analogous to the proposed inflation adjustment in § 2.810, the NRC is proposing to amend § 171.16(c) to increase the upper tier receipts-based small entity size standard from $7.0 million to $8.0 million for small businesses and small, not-forprofit organizations. Likewise, the NRC is proposing to increase the lower tier receipts-based size standard from $485,000 to $555,000, based upon the percent change in the upper tier. IV. Regulatory Flexibility Certification Under the RFA, the Commission certifies that this proposed rule, if adopted, will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. This proposed rule is administrative in that this proposed rule will revise the criteria in 10 CFR parts 2 and 171 that the NRC uses to determine which of its licensees qualify as small entities for the purposes of compliance with the RFA. The proposed amendments to the size standards conform to the SBA’s revised standard and is expected to result in an increase in the number of NRC licensees that qualify as small entities. V. Regulatory Analysis The RFA requires agencies to consider the impact of rulemaking on small entities and, consistent with applicable statutes, study alternatives to minimize the impacts on applicable businesses, organizations, and government jurisdictions. In previous rulemakings to amend its size standards, the NRC has adjusted the criteria that the NRC uses to determine which of its licensees qualify as small entities for the purposes of compliance with the RFA. For the NRC’s size standards, rulemaking is required to amend the methodology for calculating average gross-receipts and the upper and lower tier receipts-based size standards to reflect inflationary adjustments. Because the last revision, an inflationary adjustment, to the receipts-based size standards in §§ 2.810 and 171.16(c) was in 2012 and 2013, respectively, this proposed rule includes inflationary adjustments to the receipts-based size standards. This proposed rule would amend §§ 2.810 and 171.16(c) to increase the NRC’s upper tier receiptsbased size standard from $7.0 million to $8.0 million for small businesses and small not-for-profit organizations, in order to remain consistent with the inflation adjustments made in the SBA’s size standard for nonmanufacturing. In E:\FR\FM\26JYP1.SGM 26JYP1 39982 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 140 / Monday, July 26, 2021 / Proposed Rules addition, the proposed rulemaking would amend § 171.16(c) to increase the lower tier receipts-based size standard from $485,000 to $555,000, based upon the percentage change in the upper tier. Furthermore, for consistency with the Runway Act and SBA regulations, the NRC is amending its methodology for calculating the average gross-receipts from a 3-year averaging period to a 5year averaging period. The NRC estimates that the proposed rule would provide the following benefits and costs: jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with PROPOSALS Benefits • This action would result in continued compliance with the RFA, since the proposed rule would reduce the impact of annual fees on small entities by increasing the receipts-based size standards in § 2.810 and the tiers in § 171.16(c) that licensees use to qualify as small entities. • While it is not certain how many licensees would qualify as small entities under the receipts-based size standards that is adjusted for inflation, the staff estimates that 95 additional licensees (a 12-percent increase) would qualify as small entities and be eligible to pay a reduced annual fee. • The licensees can have increased regulatory confidence that the NRC has amended the agency’s receipts-based size standards to be consistent with the SBA’s practices, and that staff would review the current size standards and determine whether proposed amendments are needed every 5 years or sooner based on the SBA’s adjustments. Costs • The cost impact of changing the average gross-receipts from a 3-year averaging period to a 5-year averaging period is not known, as the average gross-receipts have been based on a 3year averaging period since the NRC established its size standards in 1985. Every licensee would likely need to expend some effort to evaluate its grossreceipts and may need to provide additional information if questions arise during the staff’s certification review. Modifying to a 5-year averaging period of gross-receipts may result in a negative impact in that some licensees that are close to the upper limit of their size standard could lose their small entity status, while others may newly qualify as small entities. Despite this cost, since the NRC is proposing to amend the receipts-based size standards for VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:44 Jul 23, 2021 Jkt 253001 inflationary adjustments, the NRC is required pursuant to the Runway Act to amend the average gross-receipts from a 3-year averaging period to a 5-year averaging period. • The expected increase in additional licensees qualifying as small entities could possibly increase the NRC’s net budget authority as a result of additional licensees qualifying as small entities. The results of the regulatory analysis are cost-justified because the proposed rule would result in an estimated 95 additional licensees (a 12-percent increase) who would qualify as small entities and be eligible to pay a reduced annual fee and the identified cost impacts are small. The NRC did not identify any other alternatives to amend the receipts-based size standards under § 2.810, which are consistent with the adjustments made by the SBA. In addition, the NRC did not identify any alternatives to rulemaking to amend the upper and lower tiers under § 171.16(c) to reflect inflationary adjustments. VI. Backfitting and Issue Finality The NRC has determined that the backfit rule, §§ 50.109, 70.76, 72.62, and 76.76 and the issue finality provisions in 10 CFR part 52 do not apply to this proposed rule and that an analysis is not required because these amendments do not require the modification of, or addition to, (1) systems, structures, components, or the design of a facility; (2) the design approval or manufacturing license for a facility; or (3) the procedures or organization required to design, construct, or operate a facility. VII. Plain Writing The Plain Writing Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111–274) requires Federal agencies to write documents in a clear, concise, and well-organized manner. The NRC wrote this document to be consistent with the Plain Writing Act, as well as the Presidential Memorandum, ‘‘Plain Language in Government Writing,’’ published June 10, 1998 (63 FR 31885). The NRC requests comment on the clarity and effectiveness of the language used in this proposed rule. VIII. National Environmental Policy Act The NRC has determined that this proposed rule is the type of action described in 10 CFR 51.22(c)(1). Therefore, neither an environmental impact statement nor environmental PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 assessment has been prepared for this proposed rule. IX. Paperwork Reduction Act This proposed rule does not contain a collection of information as defined in the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) and, therefore, is not subject to the requirements of the Act. Public Protection Notification The NRC may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless the document requesting or requiring the collection displays a currently valid OMB control number. X. Voluntary Consensus Standards The National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995, Public Law 104–113, requires that Federal agencies use technical standards that are developed or adopted by voluntary consensus standards bodies unless the use of such a standard is inconsistent with applicable law or otherwise impractical. In this proposed rule, the action does not constitute the establishment of a standard that contains generally applicable requirements. XI. Availability of Guidance The NRC publishes a fee guidance document for small entities annually in conjunction with the NRC’s annual rule to revise its fee schedules. The ‘‘Small Entity Compliance Guide’’ is designed to assist businesses, organizations, educational institutions, and governmental jurisdictions in determining whether they qualify as small entities by providing the qualifying factors that make up the NRC’s definition of ‘‘small entity,’’ and the current small entity fees. The NRC will update the compliance guide each year when issuing the final fee rule and to align with the fee schedule of that year. Most recently, the NRC prepared the Small Entity Compliance Guide for the FY 2021 proposed fee rule. This compliance guide is available as indicated in Section XII, Availability of Documents, of this document. XII. Availability of Documents Documents identified in the following table are available to interested persons through one or more of the following methods, as indicated. E:\FR\FM\26JYP1.SGM 26JYP1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 140 / Monday, July 26, 2021 / Proposed Rules ADAMS Accession No./web link/Federal Register citation Document NRC Size Standard for Making Determinations Required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 (December 9, 1985). NRC Form 526, ‘‘Certification of Small Entity Status for the Purposes of Annual Fees Imposed under 10 CFR Part 171’’. FY 2021 U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Small Entity Compliance Guide .......................... Public Law (Pub. L.) 115–324, ‘‘Small Business Runway Extension Act of 2018’’ ....................... Receipts-Based, Small Business Size Standard; Direct Final Rule (July 3, 2012) ........................ Revision of Fee Schedules; Fee Recovery for Fiscal Year 2013 (July 1, 2013) ........................... Small Business Size Standards: Calculation of Annual Average Receipts; Final Rule (December 5, 2019). Throughout the development of this proposed rule, the NRC may post documents related to this proposed rule, including public comments, on the Federal rulemaking website at https:// www.regulations.gov under Docket ID NRC–2014–0264. List of Subjects 10 CFR Part 2 Administrative practice and procedure, Antitrust, Byproduct material, Classified information, Confidential business information, Environmental protection, Freedom of information, Hazardous waste, Nuclear energy, Nuclear materials, Nuclear power plants and reactors, Penalties, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Sex discrimination, Source material, Special nuclear material, Waste treatment and disposal. 10 CFR Part 171 PART 2—AGENCY RULES OF PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE 1. The authority citation for part 2 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: Atomic Energy Act of 1954, secs. 29, 53, 62, 63, 81, 102, 103, 104, 105, 161, 181, 182, 183, 184, 186, 189, 191, 234 (42 U.S.C. 2039, 2073, 2092, 2093, 2111, 2132, 2133, 2134, 2135, 2201, 2231, 2232, 2233, 2234, 2236, 2239, 2241, 2282); Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, secs. 201, 206 (42 U.S.C. 5841, 5846); Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, secs. 114(f), 134, 135, 141 (42 U.S.C. 10134(f), 10154, 10155, 10161); Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 552, 553, 554, 557, 558); National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332); 44 U.S.C. 3504 note. Section 2.205(j) also issued under 28 U.S.C. 2461 note. 2. In § 2.810, revise paragraphs (a)(1) and (b) to read as follows: ■ § 2.810 Annual charges, Byproduct material, Holders of certificates, registrations, approvals, Intergovernmental relations, Nonpayment penalties, Nuclear materials, Nuclear power plants and reactors, Source material, Special nuclear material. For the reasons set out in the preamble and under the authority of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended; the Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, as amended; and 5 U.S.C. 552 and 553, the NRC is proposing to amend 10 CFR parts 2 and 171 as follows: 39983 NRC Size Standards. * * * * * (a) * * * (1) Concern that provides a service or a concern not engaged in manufacturing with average gross receipts of $8.0 million or less over its last 5 completed fiscal years; or * * * * * (b) A small organization is a not-forprofit organization which is independently owned and operated and has annual gross receipts of $8.0 million or less. * * * * * 50 FR 20913. https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/ forms/nrc526.pdf. ML21105A750. https://www.congress.gov/115/plaws/publ324/ PLAW-115publ324.pdf. 77 FR 39385. 78 FR 39479. 84 FR 66561. PART 171—ANNUAL FEES FOR REACTOR LICENSES AND FUEL CYCLE LICENSES AND MATERIALS LICENSES, INCLUDING HOLDERS OF CERTIFICATES OF COMPLIANCE, REGISTRATIONS, AND QUALITY ASSURANCE PROGRAM APPROVALS AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES LICENSED BY THE NRC 3. The authority citation for part 171 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: Atomic Energy Act of 1954, secs. 11, 161(w), 223, 234 (42 U.S.C. 2014, 2201(w), 2273, 2282); Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, sec. 201 (42 U.S.C. 5841); 42 U.S.C. 2215; 44 U.S.C. 3504 note. 4. In § 171.16, revise paragraph (c) to read as follows: ■ § 171.16 Annual fees: Materials licensees, holders of certificates of compliance, holders of sealed source and device registrations, holders of quality assurance program approvals, and government agencies licensed by the NRC. * * * * * (c) A licensee who is required to pay an annual fee under this section, in addition to 10 CFR part 72 licenses, may qualify as a small entity. If a licensee qualifies as a small entity and provides the Commission with the proper certification along with its annual fee payment, the licensee may pay reduced annual fees as shown in table 1 to this paragraph (c). Failure to file a small entity certification in a timely manner could result in the receipt of a delinquent invoice requesting the outstanding balance due and/or denial of any refund that might otherwise be due. The small entity fees are as follows: jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with PROPOSALS TABLE 1 TO PARAGRAPH (c) Maximum annual fee per licensed category NRC small entity classification Small Businesses Not Engaged in Manufacturing (Average gross receipts over the last 5 completed fiscal years): $555,000 to $8 million .................................................................................................................................................................. Less than $555,000 ...................................................................................................................................................................... Small Not-For-Profit Organizations (Annual Gross Receipts): VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:44 Jul 23, 2021 Jkt 253001 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 E:\FR\FM\26JYP1.SGM 26JYP1 $4,900 1,000 39984 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 140 / Monday, July 26, 2021 / Proposed Rules TABLE 1 TO PARAGRAPH (c)—Continued Maximum annual fee per licensed category NRC small entity classification $555,000 to $8 million .................................................................................................................................................................. Less than $555,000 ...................................................................................................................................................................... Manufacturing Entities that Have An Average of 500 Employees or Fewer: 35 to 500 employees .................................................................................................................................................................... Fewer than 35 employees ............................................................................................................................................................ Small Governmental Jurisdictions (Including publicly supported educational institutions) (Population): 20,000 to 49,999 .......................................................................................................................................................................... Fewer than 20,000 ....................................................................................................................................................................... Educational Institutions that are not State or Publicly Supported, and have 500 Employees or Fewer: 35 to 500 employees .................................................................................................................................................................... Fewer than 35 employees ............................................................................................................................................................ * * * * * Dated: July 1, 2021. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Cherish K. Johnson, Chief Financial Officer. [FR Doc. 2021–15506 Filed 7–23–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2021–0579; Project Identifier MCAI–2020–00267–R] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Leonardo S.p.a. Helicopters Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Leonardo S.p.a. (Leonardo) Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters. This proposed AD was prompted by a report of several occurrences of a cracked main gearbox (MGB) spherical bearing lock nut (lock nut). This proposed AD would require removing from service a certain part-numbered MGB lock nut that is installed on certain part-numbered MGBs and replacing it with newly designed MGB lock nut. This proposed AD would also would prohibit installing any MGB with the affected MGB lock nut and would prohibit installing any affected MGB lock nut on any helicopter. The FAA is proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: The FAA must receive comments on this proposed AD by September 9, 2021. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:44 Jul 23, 2021 You may send comments by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Docket: Go to https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for sending your comments electronically. • Fax: (202) 493–2251. • Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590– 0001. • Hand Delivery: Deliver to the Mail address between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. For service information identified in this NPRM, contact Leonardo S.p.A. Helicopters, Emanuele Bufano, Head of Airworthiness, Viale G.Agusta 520, 21017 C.Costa di Samarate (Va) Italy; telephone +39–0331–225074; fax +39– 0331–229046; or at https:// customerportal.leonardocompany.com/ en-US/. 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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

10 CFR Parts 2 and 171

[NRC-2014-0264]
RIN 3150-AJ51


Receipts-Based NRC Size Standards

AGENCY: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Proposed rule.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to 
amend its small business size standards, which are used to qualify an 
NRC licensee as a ``small entity'' under the Regulatory Flexibility Act 
of 1980, as amended (RFA). The purpose of these size standards is for 
reducing annual NRC license fees for small entities. These standards do 
not apply to NRC contracting for goods and services. The NRC is 
proposing to increase the upper and lower tiers for its receipts-based 
small entity size standards for small businesses and small not-for-
profit organizations. This change will allow NRC standards to remain 
consistent with the inflation adjustments made by the Small Business 
Administration (SBA) size standard for nonmanufacturing concerns. In 
addition, in accordance with the Small Business Runway Extension Act of 
2018 (Runway Act), the NRC is proposing to change the calculation of 
annual average receipts for the receipts-based NRC size standard for 
small businesses that provide a service or small businesses not engaged 
in manufacturing from a 3-year averaging period to a 5-year averaging 
period. The public is invited to submit comments on this proposed rule.

DATES: Submit comments by August 25, 2021. Comments received after this 
date will be considered if it is practical to do so, but the NRC is 
only able to ensure consideration for comments received 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-2014-0264. Address 
questions about NRC dockets to Dawn Forder; telephone: 301-415-3407; 
email: [email protected]. For technical questions, contact the 
individual listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of 
this proposed rule.
     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: Jo A. Jacobs, Office of the Chief 
Financial Officer, telephone: 301-415-8388; email: [email protected]; 
or Billy Blaney, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, telephone: 301-
415-5092; email: [email protected]. Both are staff of the U.S. 
Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Table of Contents

I. Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments
II. Background
III. Discussion
IV. Regulatory Flexibility Certification
V. Regulatory Analysis
VI. Backfitting and Issue Finality
VII. Plain Writing
VIII. National Environmental Policy Act
IX. Paperwork Reduction Act
    Public Protection Notification
X. Voluntary Consensus Standards
XI. Availability of Guidance
XII. Availability of Documents

I. Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments

A. Obtaining Information

    Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2014-0264 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-2014-0264.
     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 or 301-415-4737, 
or by email to [email protected]. The ADAMS accession number for 
each document referenced (if that document is available in ADAMS) is 
provided the first time that a document is referenced. For the 
convenience of the reader, the ADAMS accession numbers are also 
provided in Section XIII, ``Availability of Documents,'' of this 
document.
     Attention: The PDR, where you may examine and order copies 
of public documents, is currently closed. You may submit your request 
to PDR staff 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-2014-0264 in the subject line of your 
comment submission in order to ensure that the NRC is able to make your 
comment submission publicly available in this docket.
    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 posts all comment submissions at https://www.regulations.gov as well as entering 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, you should inform those persons not to 
include identifying or contact information they do not want to be 
publicly disclosed in their comment submissions. Your request should 
state the NRC does not routinely edit comment submissions to remove 
such information before making the comment submissions available to

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the public or entering the comment submissions into ADAMS.

II. Background

    The NRC's current size standards are provided under part 2 of title 
10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), ``Agency Rules of 
Practice and Procedure,'' in Sec.  2.810, ``NRC size standards,'' which 
were established on December 9, 1985, when implementing the 
requirements of the RFA (50 FR 50241). The RFA requires agencies to 
consider the impact of rulemaking on small entities and, consistent 
with applicable statutes, study alternatives to minimize these impacts 
on applicable businesses, organizations, and government jurisdictions. 
The NRC's regulations in Sec.  2.810 and 10 CFR part 171, ``Annual Fees 
for Reactor Licenses and Fuel Cycle Licenses and Materials Licenses, 
Including Holders of Certificates of Compliance, Registrations, and 
Quality Assurance Program Approvals and Government Agencies Licensed by 
the NRC,'' contain the criteria, in Sec.  171.16(a) and (c), ``Annual 
fees: Materials licensees, holders of certificates of compliance, 
holders of sealed source and device registrations, holders of quality 
assurance program approvals, and government agencies licensed by the 
NRC,'' that certain licensees use to qualify as small entities for the 
purpose of reducing annual license fees only.
    The NRC's current size standards under Sec.  2.810 are based on the 
SBA's receipts-based size standards for small businesses and small not-
for-profit organizations, employee-based size standards for business 
concerns that are manufacturing and for small educational institutions 
that are not State or publicly supported entities, and population-based 
size standards for small governmental jurisdictions.
    In establishing the Fiscal Year (FY) 1991 fee rule, the NRC 
determined that the annual fees would have a significant impact on a 
substantial number of small material licensees. As a result, the NRC 
established a small entity fee tier in Sec.  171.16(c), which resulted 
in a subsidy program whereby small entities would pay a reduced annual 
fee (56 FR 31507; July 10, 1991). In FY 1992, the NRC established a 
second tier in Sec.  171.16(c) to benefit the licensees that were very 
small entities. Pursuant to Sec.  171.16(c), if a licensee qualifies as 
a small entity and provides the Commission with the proper 
certification, the licensee may pay a reduced annual fee. As part of 
the certification process, a licensee that meets the NRC's size 
standards for a small entity must complete NRC Form 526, 
``Certification of Small Entity Status for the Purposes of Annual 
Fees,'' certifying that it meets the NRC's size standards for a small 
entity.
    The last revision, an inflationary adjustment, to the receipts-
based size standards in Sec. Sec.  2.810 and 171.16(c) was in a rule 
published in the Federal Register on July 3, 2012 (77 FR 39385) and in 
the FY 2013 final fee rule published in the Federal Register on July 1, 
2013 (78 FR 39479), respectively. More recently, in FY 2020, the NRC 
surveyed its materials licensees to help determine whether to change 
the size standards in Sec.  2.810 (85 FR 6225; February 4, 2020). With 
the exception of inflation-related increases and adjusting the 
methodology for calculating average gross-receipts to be consistent 
with the Runway Act and SBA regulations, the survey results did not 
suggest that the NRC should change its small entity size standards.
    The Runway Act amended section 3(a)(2)(C)(ii)(II) of the Small 
Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632(a)(2)(C)(ii)(II)), to modify the 
requirements for the small business size standards prescribed by an 
agency without separate statutory authority to issue size standards. 
Subsequently, on December 5, 2019, the SBA published a final rule 
modifying its method for calculating average annual receipts used to 
prescribe size standards for small businesses (84 FR 66561). As a 
result, and because of the proposed inflationary adjustments described 
more fully in the ``Discussion'' section of this document, the NRC must 
revise its receipts-based size standards from a 3-year averaging period 
to a 5-year averaging period to comply with the Runway Act.
    In order to amend Sec.  2.810, the NRC must follow the procedures 
of the Small Business Act, and SBA's implementing regulations in 13 CFR 
121.903, ``How may an agency use size standards for its programs that 
are different than those established by SBA?,'' because it does not 
have separate statutory authority to issue size standards.

III. Discussion

    The NRC is proposing to amend Sec.  2.810 to increase the receipts-
based small entity size standard from $7.0 million to $8.0 million for 
small businesses and small, not-for-profit organizations. These 
proposed amendments are to remain consistent with inflation adjustments 
made by the SBA to its size standard for nonmanufacturing concerns. 
Most recently, the SBA adjusted this standard for inflation on July 18, 
2019 (84 FR 34261). In addition, the NRC is also proposing to amend the 
average gross-receipts calculation process to change from a 3-year 
averaging period to a 5-year averaging period, as required by SBA 
regulations and in response to the Runway Act.
    Further, and analogous to the proposed inflation adjustment in 
Sec.  2.810, the NRC is proposing to amend Sec.  171.16(c) to increase 
the upper tier receipts-based small entity size standard from $7.0 
million to $8.0 million for small businesses and small, not-for-profit 
organizations. Likewise, the NRC is proposing to increase the lower 
tier receipts-based size standard from $485,000 to $555,000, based upon 
the percent change in the upper tier.

IV. Regulatory Flexibility Certification

    Under the RFA, the Commission certifies that this proposed rule, if 
adopted, will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial 
number of small entities. This proposed rule is administrative in that 
this proposed rule will revise the criteria in 10 CFR parts 2 and 171 
that the NRC uses to determine which of its licensees qualify as small 
entities for the purposes of compliance with the RFA. The proposed 
amendments to the size standards conform to the SBA's revised standard 
and is expected to result in an increase in the number of NRC licensees 
that qualify as small entities.

V. Regulatory Analysis

    The RFA requires agencies to consider the impact of rulemaking on 
small entities and, consistent with applicable statutes, study 
alternatives to minimize the impacts on applicable businesses, 
organizations, and government jurisdictions. In previous rulemakings to 
amend its size standards, the NRC has adjusted the criteria that the 
NRC uses to determine which of its licensees qualify as small entities 
for the purposes of compliance with the RFA.
    For the NRC's size standards, rulemaking is required to amend the 
methodology for calculating average gross-receipts and the upper and 
lower tier receipts-based size standards to reflect inflationary 
adjustments. Because the last revision, an inflationary adjustment, to 
the receipts-based size standards in Sec. Sec.  2.810 and 171.16(c) was 
in 2012 and 2013, respectively, this proposed rule includes 
inflationary adjustments to the receipts-based size standards. This 
proposed rule would amend Sec. Sec.  2.810 and 171.16(c) to increase 
the NRC's upper tier receipts-based size standard from $7.0 million to 
$8.0 million for small businesses and small not-for-profit 
organizations, in order to remain consistent with the inflation 
adjustments made in the SBA's size standard for nonmanufacturing. In

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addition, the proposed rulemaking would amend Sec.  171.16(c) to 
increase the lower tier receipts-based size standard from $485,000 to 
$555,000, based upon the percentage change in the upper tier. 
Furthermore, for consistency with the Runway Act and SBA regulations, 
the NRC is amending its methodology for calculating the average gross-
receipts from a 3-year averaging period to a 5-year averaging period.
    The NRC estimates that the proposed rule would provide the 
following benefits and costs:

Benefits

     This action would result in continued compliance with the 
RFA, since the proposed rule would reduce the impact of annual fees on 
small entities by increasing the receipts-based size standards in Sec.  
2.810 and the tiers in Sec.  171.16(c) that licensees use to qualify as 
small entities.
     While it is not certain how many licensees would qualify 
as small entities under the receipts-based size standards that is 
adjusted for inflation, the staff estimates that 95 additional 
licensees (a 12-percent increase) would qualify as small entities and 
be eligible to pay a reduced annual fee.
     The licensees can have increased regulatory confidence 
that the NRC has amended the agency's receipts-based size standards to 
be consistent with the SBA's practices, and that staff would review the 
current size standards and determine whether proposed amendments are 
needed every 5 years or sooner based on the SBA's adjustments.

Costs

     The cost impact of changing the average gross-receipts 
from a 3-year averaging period to a 5-year averaging period is not 
known, as the average gross-receipts have been based on a 3-year 
averaging period since the NRC established its size standards in 1985. 
Every licensee would likely need to expend some effort to evaluate its 
gross-receipts and may need to provide additional information if 
questions arise during the staff's certification review. Modifying to a 
5-year averaging period of gross-receipts may result in a negative 
impact in that some licensees that are close to the upper limit of 
their size standard could lose their small entity status, while others 
may newly qualify as small entities. Despite this cost, since the NRC 
is proposing to amend the receipts-based size standards for 
inflationary adjustments, the NRC is required pursuant to the Runway 
Act to amend the average gross-receipts from a 3-year averaging period 
to a 5-year averaging period.
     The expected increase in additional licensees qualifying 
as small entities could possibly increase the NRC's net budget 
authority as a result of additional licensees qualifying as small 
entities.
    The results of the regulatory analysis are cost-justified because 
the proposed rule would result in an estimated 95 additional licensees 
(a 12-percent increase) who would qualify as small entities and be 
eligible to pay a reduced annual fee and the identified cost impacts 
are small. The NRC did not identify any other alternatives to amend the 
receipts-based size standards under Sec.  2.810, which are consistent 
with the adjustments made by the SBA. In addition, the NRC did not 
identify any alternatives to rulemaking to amend the upper and lower 
tiers under Sec.  171.16(c) to reflect inflationary adjustments.

VI. Backfitting and Issue Finality

    The NRC has determined that the backfit rule, Sec. Sec.  50.109, 
70.76, 72.62, and 76.76 and the issue finality provisions in 10 CFR 
part 52 do not apply to this proposed rule and that an analysis is not 
required because these amendments do not require the modification of, 
or addition to, (1) systems, structures, components, or the design of a 
facility; (2) the design approval or manufacturing license for a 
facility; or (3) the procedures or organization required to design, 
construct, or operate a facility.

VII. Plain Writing

    The Plain Writing Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-274) requires Federal 
agencies to write documents in a clear, concise, and well-organized 
manner. The NRC wrote this document to be consistent with the Plain 
Writing Act, as well as the Presidential Memorandum, ``Plain Language 
in Government Writing,'' published June 10, 1998 (63 FR 31885). The NRC 
requests comment on the clarity and effectiveness of the language used 
in this proposed rule.

VIII. National Environmental Policy Act

    The NRC has determined that this proposed rule is the type of 
action described in 10 CFR 51.22(c)(1). Therefore, neither an 
environmental impact statement nor environmental assessment has been 
prepared for this proposed rule.

IX. Paperwork Reduction Act

    This proposed rule does not contain a collection of information as 
defined in the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) 
and, therefore, is not subject to the requirements of the Act.

Public Protection Notification

    The NRC may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to 
respond to, a collection of information unless the document requesting 
or requiring the collection displays a currently valid OMB control 
number.

X. Voluntary Consensus Standards

    The National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995, 
Public Law 104-113, requires that Federal agencies use technical 
standards that are developed or adopted by voluntary consensus 
standards bodies unless the use of such a standard is inconsistent with 
applicable law or otherwise impractical. In this proposed rule, the 
action does not constitute the establishment of a standard that 
contains generally applicable requirements.

XI. Availability of Guidance

    The NRC publishes a fee guidance document for small entities 
annually in conjunction with the NRC's annual rule to revise its fee 
schedules. The ``Small Entity Compliance Guide'' is designed to assist 
businesses, organizations, educational institutions, and governmental 
jurisdictions in determining whether they qualify as small entities by 
providing the qualifying factors that make up the NRC's definition of 
``small entity,'' and the current small entity fees. The NRC will 
update the compliance guide each year when issuing the final fee rule 
and to align with the fee schedule of that year. Most recently, the NRC 
prepared the Small Entity Compliance Guide for the FY 2021 proposed fee 
rule. This compliance guide is available as indicated in Section XII, 
Availability of Documents, of this document.

XII. Availability of Documents

    Documents identified in the following table are available to 
interested persons through one or more of the following methods, as 
indicated.

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                                                ADAMS Accession No./web
                   Document                      link/Federal Register
                                                        citation
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NRC Size Standard for Making Determinations    50 FR 20913.
 Required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act
 of 1980 (December 9, 1985).
NRC Form 526, ``Certification of Small Entity  https://www.nrc.gov/
 Status for the Purposes of Annual Fees         reading-rm/doc-
 Imposed under 10 CFR Part 171''.               collections/forms/
                                                nrc526.pdf.
FY 2021 U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission     ML21105A750.
 Small Entity Compliance Guide.
Public Law (Pub. L.) 115-324, ``Small          https://www.congress.gov/
 Business Runway Extension Act of 2018''.       115/plaws/publ324/PLAW-
                                                115publ324.pdf.
Receipts-Based, Small Business Size Standard;  77 FR 39385.
 Direct Final Rule (July 3, 2012).
Revision of Fee Schedules; Fee Recovery for    78 FR 39479.
 Fiscal Year 2013 (July 1, 2013).
Small Business Size Standards: Calculation of  84 FR 66561.
 Annual Average Receipts; Final Rule
 (December 5, 2019).
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    Throughout the development of this proposed rule, the NRC may post 
documents related to this proposed rule, including public comments, on 
the Federal rulemaking website at https://www.regulations.gov under 
Docket ID NRC-2014-0264.

List of Subjects

10 CFR Part 2

    Administrative practice and procedure, Antitrust, Byproduct 
material, Classified information, Confidential business information, 
Environmental protection, Freedom of information, Hazardous waste, 
Nuclear energy, Nuclear materials, Nuclear power plants and reactors, 
Penalties, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Sex 
discrimination, Source material, Special nuclear material, Waste 
treatment and disposal.

10 CFR Part 171

    Annual charges, Byproduct material, Holders of certificates, 
registrations, approvals, Intergovernmental relations, Nonpayment 
penalties, Nuclear materials, Nuclear power plants and reactors, Source 
material, Special nuclear material.

    For the reasons set out in the preamble and under the authority of 
the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended; the Energy Reorganization 
Act of 1974, as amended; and 5 U.S.C. 552 and 553, the NRC is proposing 
to amend 10 CFR parts 2 and 171 as follows:

PART 2--AGENCY RULES OF PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE

0
1. The authority citation for part 2 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: Atomic Energy Act of 1954, secs. 29, 53, 62, 63, 81, 
102, 103, 104, 105, 161, 181, 182, 183, 184, 186, 189, 191, 234 (42 
U.S.C. 2039, 2073, 2092, 2093, 2111, 2132, 2133, 2134, 2135, 2201, 
2231, 2232, 2233, 2234, 2236, 2239, 2241, 2282); Energy 
Reorganization Act of 1974, secs. 201, 206 (42 U.S.C. 5841, 5846); 
Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, secs. 114(f), 134, 135, 141 (42 
U.S.C. 10134(f), 10154, 10155, 10161); Administrative Procedure Act 
(5 U.S.C. 552, 553, 554, 557, 558); National Environmental Policy 
Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332); 44 U.S.C. 3504 note.
    Section 2.205(j) also issued under 28 U.S.C. 2461 note.

0
2. In Sec.  2.810, revise paragraphs (a)(1) and (b) to read as follows:


Sec.  2.810   NRC Size Standards.

* * * * *
    (a) * * *
    (1) Concern that provides a service or a concern not engaged in 
manufacturing with average gross receipts of $8.0 million or less over 
its last 5 completed fiscal years; or
* * * * *
    (b) A small organization is a not-for-profit organization which is 
independently owned and operated and has annual gross receipts of $8.0 
million or less.
* * * * *

PART 171--ANNUAL FEES FOR REACTOR LICENSES AND FUEL CYCLE LICENSES 
AND MATERIALS LICENSES, INCLUDING HOLDERS OF CERTIFICATES OF 
COMPLIANCE, REGISTRATIONS, AND QUALITY ASSURANCE PROGRAM APPROVALS 
AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES LICENSED BY THE NRC

0
3. The authority citation for part 171 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: Atomic Energy Act of 1954, secs. 11, 161(w), 223, 234 
(42 U.S.C. 2014, 2201(w), 2273, 2282); Energy Reorganization Act of 
1974, sec. 201 (42 U.S.C. 5841); 42 U.S.C. 2215; 44 U.S.C. 3504 
note.

0
4. In Sec.  171.16, revise paragraph (c) to read as follows:


Sec.  171.16   Annual fees: Materials licensees, holders of 
certificates of compliance, holders of sealed source and device 
registrations, holders of quality assurance program approvals, and 
government agencies licensed by the NRC.

* * * * *
    (c) A licensee who is required to pay an annual fee under this 
section, in addition to 10 CFR part 72 licenses, may qualify as a small 
entity. If a licensee qualifies as a small entity and provides the 
Commission with the proper certification along with its annual fee 
payment, the licensee may pay reduced annual fees as shown in table 1 
to this paragraph (c). Failure to file a small entity certification in 
a timely manner could result in the receipt of a delinquent invoice 
requesting the outstanding balance due and/or denial of any refund that 
might otherwise be due. The small entity fees are as follows:

                        Table 1 to Paragraph (c)
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                                                          Maximum annual
                                                              fee per
             NRC small entity classification                 licensed
                                                             category
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Small Businesses Not Engaged in Manufacturing (Average
 gross receipts over the last 5 completed fiscal years):
    $555,000 to $8 million..............................          $4,900
    Less than $555,000..................................           1,000
Small Not-For-Profit Organizations (Annual Gross
 Receipts):

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    $555,000 to $8 million..............................           4,900
    Less than $555,000..................................           1,000
Manufacturing Entities that Have An Average of 500
 Employees or Fewer:
    35 to 500 employees.................................           4,900
    Fewer than 35 employees.............................           1,000
Small Governmental Jurisdictions (Including publicly
 supported educational institutions) (Population):
    20,000 to 49,999....................................           4,900
    Fewer than 20,000...................................           1,000
Educational Institutions that are not State or Publicly
 Supported, and have 500 Employees or Fewer:
    35 to 500 employees.................................           4,900
    Fewer than 35 employees.............................           1,000
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* * * * *

    Dated: July 1, 2021.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Cherish K. Johnson,
Chief Financial Officer.
[FR Doc. 2021-15506 Filed 7-23-21; 8:45 am]
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