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Download as PDF 40763 Rules and Regulations Federal Register Vol. 86, No. 143 Thursday, July 29, 2021 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains regulatory documents having general applicability and legal effect, most of which are keyed to and codified in the Code of Federal Regulations, which is published under 50 titles pursuant to 44 U.S.C. 1510. The Code of Federal Regulations is sold by the Superintendent of Documents. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food and Nutrition Service 7 CFR Part 274 [FNS 2016–0074] RIN 0584–AE02 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): 2008 Farm Bill Provisions on Clarification of Split Issuance; Accrual of Benefits and Definition Changes: Delay of Implementation Date for Certain Provisions Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), USDA. ACTION: Interim final rule; request for comments. AGENCY: jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:17 Jul 28, 2021 Jkt 253001 intended to result in more effective and efficient implementation of the new requirements for offline storage and expungement, and enable State agencies to better manage any cost adjustments arising from the changes. ADDRESSES: Administrative Procedure Act Statement The final rule, in part, amended SNAP regulations at 7 CFR 274.2(h) and 274.2(i)(1)–(3) to implement provisions of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110–234) (2008 Farm Bill) and the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (Pub. L. 115–334) (2018 Farm Bill) regarding storage of benefits off-line and permanent expungement of unused benefits. Due to the extenuating circumstances of COVID–19, State agencies have been focusing efforts on the programming necessary for the 15 percent Thrifty Food Plan increase authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Pub. L 116– 133), Pandemic EBT (P–EBT) authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA, Pub. L. 116– 127), and Emergency Allotments authorized by FFCRA, which have been essential to providing households additional support during the COVID– 19 pandemic. As such, the September 24, 2021 implementation date poses administrative and management information system challenges for State agencies, and efforts to meet it would divert resources from other, more pressing programs and the nutrition assistance that they provide at this critical time. The new implementation date of September 24, 2022, as established by this interim final rule, is Pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), notice and comment are not required prior to the issuance of a rule if an agency, for good cause, finds that ‘‘notice and public procedure thereon are impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest.’’ 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B). USDA recognizes that courts have held that the good cause exception to notice and comment rulemaking is to be narrowly construed and only reluctantly countenanced. Following these principles, the Department finds for good cause that notice and public comment is impracticable, unnecessary, and contrary to the public interest for this rule. Due to the extenuating circumstances of the COVID–19 pandemic, State agencies have intently been working to meet multiple essential pandemic-related requirements. This has limited their ability to implement the final rule, necessitating an implementation date change for certain provisions of the final rule. A notice and public comment period would be impracticable because it would consume time before certainty about the implementation date could be achieved, when State agencies need to know immediately whether the September 24, 2021 implementation date still stands, as it is fast approaching. During a notice and comment period, States would face challenges regarding how best to use their resources. States likely would divert resources from other pandemicrelated requirements to ensure they can meet an implementation date that might, after the notice and comment period, not be sustained. Accordingly, the purpose of delaying the implementation date—averting the States’ diversion of resources—would be impeded by waiting until after a notice and comment period to determine if the implementation date would be delayed. In addition, being informed of the implementation date change is critical to State agency planning and allocation of resources, and having to divide those Comments may be submitted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to http:// www.regulations.gov and follow the instructions for submitting comments electronically. Comments may be submitted via email to Shanta.Swezy@ usda.gov. You may also mail comments to: Shanta Swezy, Chief, Issuance Support Branch, Retailer and Issuance Policy and Innovation Division, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), 1320 Braddock Place, Alexandria, Virginia 22314. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shanta Swezy at the address above or (703) 305–2238, Shanta.Swezy@ usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This interim final rule delays from September 24, 2021, until September 24, 2022, the implementation date of certain provisions of the final rule entitled, ‘‘Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): 2008 Farm Bill Provisions on Clarification of Split Issuance; Accrual of Benefits and Definition Changes’’ (‘‘the Final Rule’’), which was published in the Federal Register on August 24, 2020 and became effective on September 23, 2020. The original implementation date for the final rule was September 24, 2021. For reasons explained below, mostly arising from the burden on State agency resources caused by the COVID–19 pandemic, FNS is changing the implementation date for certain provisions of the final rule to September 24, 2022, effective immediately. DATES: Effective date: This interim final regulation regarding the delay of the implementation date is effective July 29, 2021. Comments due date: To be considered, written comments on this interim final rule must be received on or before August 30, 2021. SUMMARY: Implementation date: State agencies must fully implement the requirements at 7 CFR parts 274.2(h) and 274.2(i)(1)– (3) as established by the final rule published August 24, 2020 (85 FR 52025), no later than September 24, 2022. 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In Staff Requirements Memorandum (SRM)— SECY–13–0093, ‘‘Staff Requirements— SECY–13–0093—Reprocessing Regulatory Framework—Status and Next Steps,’’ the Commission approved the NRC staff’s recommendation to develop a reprocessing-specific rule. It directed the staff’s ‘‘continued development of the regulatory framework should be limited in scope— for the time being—to the resolution of Gap 5, ‘Safety and Risk Assessment Methodologies and Considerations for a Reprocessing Facility.’ ’’ Gap 5 focused on the development of analytical methods for the quantitative assessment of risks associated with reprocessing facility accidents to inform the basis for the development of regulatory requirements and regulatory guidance. From 2013 to 2016 the staff focused its efforts on assessing the quantitative risk associated with reprocessing facility accidents (i.e., Gap 5). In 2016, the staff found that industry interest in constructing and operating a commercial light-water reactor spent fuel reprocessing facility had declined. As a result, in 2016, the NRC suspended work on the spent fuel reprocessing regulatory framework because of other PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 higher priorities related to spent fuel storage and transportation, as well as budgetary constraints. II. Discussion To inform its decision making, the NRC reached out to stakeholders to determine the degree of stakeholder interest in constructing, operating, and licensing a spent fuel reprocessing facility. Specifically, the NRC held a Category 3 public meeting on March 4, 2020; participating stakeholders included the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), industry representatives, environmental groups, and private citizens. The NEI and industry representatives voiced their support for continuing the rulemaking primarily on the basis of a need for a clear and stable regulatory framework for reprocessing and to support advanced reactor licensing. However, no industry stakeholders indicated that they plan to submit an application to the NRC for a reprocessing facility in the foreseeable future. Other stakeholders, such as UCS and members of the public, indicated they do not support the continuation of the rulemaking because of proliferation and other concerns. In May 2020, after the public meeting, the NEI and the American Nuclear Society (ANS) sent letters to the NRC with further feedback on the need for rulemaking. The NEI stated that developers with advanced reactor designs that may eventually source their fuel from the spent fuel of other reactors are generally not planning to do so in the near future. 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to and codified in the Code of Federal Regulations, which is published 
under 50 titles pursuant to 44 U.S.C. 1510.

The Code of Federal Regulations is sold by the Superintendent of Documents. 

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Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 143 / Thursday, July 29, 2021 / Rules 
and Regulations

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food and Nutrition Service

7 CFR Part 274

[FNS 2016-0074]
RIN 0584-AE02


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): 2008 Farm Bill 
Provisions on Clarification of Split Issuance; Accrual of Benefits and 
Definition Changes: Delay of Implementation Date for Certain Provisions

AGENCY: Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), USDA.

ACTION: Interim final rule; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: This interim final rule delays from September 24, 2021, until 
September 24, 2022, the implementation date of certain provisions of 
the final rule entitled, ``Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program 
(SNAP): 2008 Farm Bill Provisions on Clarification of Split Issuance; 
Accrual of Benefits and Definition Changes'' (``the Final Rule''), 
which was published in the Federal Register on August 24, 2020 and 
became effective on September 23, 2020. The original implementation 
date for the final rule was September 24, 2021. For reasons explained 
below, mostly arising from the burden on State agency resources caused 
by the COVID-19 pandemic, FNS is changing the implementation date for 
certain provisions of the final rule to September 24, 2022, effective 
immediately.

DATES: 
    Effective date: This interim final regulation regarding the delay 
of the implementation date is effective July 29, 2021.
    Comments due date: To be considered, written comments on this 
interim final rule must be received on or before August 30, 2021.
    Implementation date: State agencies must fully implement the 
requirements at 7 CFR parts 274.2(h) and 274.2(i)(1)-(3) as established 
by the final rule published August 24, 2020 (85 FR 52025), no later 
than September 24, 2022.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted through the Federal eRulemaking 
Portal. Go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the instructions 
for submitting comments electronically. Comments may be submitted via 
email to [email protected]. You may also mail comments to: Shanta 
Swezy, Chief, Issuance Support Branch, Retailer and Issuance Policy and 
Innovation Division, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), U.S. Department 
of Agriculture (USDA), 1320 Braddock Place, Alexandria, Virginia 22314.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shanta Swezy at the address above or 
(703) 305-2238, [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The final rule, in part, amended SNAP 
regulations at 7 CFR 274.2(h) and 274.2(i)(1)-(3) to implement 
provisions of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 
110-234) (2008 Farm Bill) and the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 
(Pub. L. 115-334) (2018 Farm Bill) regarding storage of benefits off-
line and permanent expungement of unused benefits. Due to the 
extenuating circumstances of COVID-19, State agencies have been 
focusing efforts on the programming necessary for the 15 percent 
Thrifty Food Plan increase authorized by the Consolidated 
Appropriations Act, 2021 (Pub. L 116-133), Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) 
authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA, Pub. 
L. 116-127), and Emergency Allotments authorized by FFCRA, which have 
been essential to providing households additional support during the 
COVID-19 pandemic. As such, the September 24, 2021 implementation date 
poses administrative and management information system challenges for 
State agencies, and efforts to meet it would divert resources from 
other, more pressing programs and the nutrition assistance that they 
provide at this critical time. The new implementation date of September 
24, 2022, as established by this interim final rule, is intended to 
result in more effective and efficient implementation of the new 
requirements for offline storage and expungement, and enable State 
agencies to better manage any cost adjustments arising from the 
changes.

Administrative Procedure Act Statement

    Pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), notice and 
comment are not required prior to the issuance of a rule if an agency, 
for good cause, finds that ``notice and public procedure thereon are 
impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest.'' 5 
U.S.C. 553(b)(B). USDA recognizes that courts have held that the good 
cause exception to notice and comment rulemaking is to be narrowly 
construed and only reluctantly countenanced.
    Following these principles, the Department finds for good cause 
that notice and public comment is impracticable, unnecessary, and 
contrary to the public interest for this rule. Due to the extenuating 
circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, State agencies have intently 
been working to meet multiple essential pandemic-related requirements. 
This has limited their ability to implement the final rule, 
necessitating an implementation date change for certain provisions of 
the final rule. A notice and public comment period would be 
impracticable because it would consume time before certainty about the 
implementation date could be achieved, when State agencies need to know 
immediately whether the September 24, 2021 implementation date still 
stands, as it is fast approaching. During a notice and comment period, 
States would face challenges regarding how best to use their resources. 
States likely would divert resources from other pandemic-related 
requirements to ensure they can meet an implementation date that might, 
after the notice and comment period, not be sustained. Accordingly, the 
purpose of delaying the implementation date--averting the States' 
diversion of resources--would be impeded by waiting until after a 
notice and comment period to determine if the implementation date would 
be delayed. In addition, being informed of the implementation date 
change is critical to State agency planning and allocation of 
resources, and having to divide those

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resources between COVID-19 needs and implementation of this final rule 
could potentially compromise important State efforts related to COVID-
19. Thus, it is in the best interest of the public to proceed to change 
the implementation date immediately without notice-and-comment 
rulemaking.

Timothy English,
Acting Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service.
[FR Doc. 2021-16123 Filed 7-28-21; 8:45 am]
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