Request for Information Regarding Establishment of the Department of Energy Uranium Reserve Program, 44007-44009 [2021-17145]

Download as PDF 44007 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 152 / Wednesday, August 11, 2021 / Notices CHART 2—DIRECT PLUS LOANS AND DIRECT PLUS CONSOLIDATION LOANS INTEREST RATES BASED ON WEEKLY AVERAGE OF ONE-YEAR CONSTANT MATURITY TREASURY YIELD Loan type Cohort PLUS, PLUS Consolidation ...... First disbursed before 07/01/98 Accessible Format: On request to the program contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT, individuals with disabilities can obtain this document in an accessible format. The Department will provide the requestor with an accessible format that may include Rich Text Format (RTF) or text format (txt), a thumb drive, an MP3 file, braille, large print, audiotape, or compact disc, or other accessible format. Electronic Access to This Document: The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. You may access the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations at www.govinfo.gov. At this site you can view this document, as well as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal Register, in text or Portable Document Format (PDF). To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at the site. You may also access documents of the Department published in the Federal Register by using the article search feature at www.federalregister.gov. Specifically, through the advanced search feature at this site, you can limit your search to documents published by the Department. Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1087 et seq. Richard Cordray, Chief Operating Officer Federal Student Aid. [FR Doc. 2021–17053 Filed 8–10–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Request for Information Regarding Establishment of the Department of Energy Uranium Reserve Program National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of Energy. ACTION: Request for information (RFI). AGENCY: jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Weekly average of 1year constant maturity treasury yield for last calendar week ending on or before 06/26/21 (%) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE or the Department) is issuing this RFI to invite public comment on topics related to SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 23:05 Aug 10, 2021 Jkt 253001 0.09 establishment of the DOE’s Uranium Reserve program. DATES: Written comments and information are requested on or before September 10, 2021. ADDRESSES: Interested persons may submit comments by any of the following methods: Email: rfi-uranium@hq.doe.gov. Submit electronic comments in Microsoft Word or PDF file format and avoid the use of special characters or any form of encryption. Please include ‘‘Response to Uranium Reserve RFI’’ in the subject line. Postal Mail: Response to Uranium Reserve RFI, c/o Mr. Kyle Fowler, U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration, Mailstop NA– 10, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585–0121. Online: Responses will be accepted online at https://www.regulations.gov. Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name for this request for information. No facsimiles (faxes) will be accepted. Note: The Government has posted a parallel RFI to SAM.gov in order invite industry comment on topics related to establishment of the DOE’s Uranium Reserve program. To avoid duplicate submissions, interested parties are encouraged to only respond to one of the notices. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for further information should be sent to: rfi-uranium@hq.doe.gov or Mr. Kyle Fowler, (202) 586–1963. If responding by email, please include ‘‘Question on Uranium Reserve RFI’’ in the subject line. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background In the United States (U.S.), nuclear energy provides more than 55 percent of our clean energy and supports about half a million American jobs. However, the U.S. nuclear industry and the nuclear fuel supply chain face significant challenges that have left domestic nuclear fuel suppliers in a weakened position on the domestic and global stage. Revitalizing the U.S. nuclear fuel supply infrastructure PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Add-on (%) Sfmt 4703 3.10 Maximum rate (%) Interest rate 07/01/21 through 06/30/22 (%) 9.00 3.19 would support the Administration’s goals described in the American Jobs Plan,1 including addressing the climate crisis, creating American jobs, positioning the U.S. to compete with economic rivals, and supporting national security. It would support environmental justice initiatives, prioritize addressing long-standing and persistent racial injustice by targeting 40 percent of the benefits of climate and clean infrastructure investments to disadvantaged communities, consider rural communities and communities impacted by the market-based transition to clean energy, and include meaningful stakeholder engagement. In December 2020, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Pub. L. 116–260) that makes $75,000,000 available to the Department for the Uranium Reserve Program. The Department is considering options to acquire natural uranium and convert this uranium into uranium hexafluoride that would be stored at commercial facilities in the United States. In considering options, the Department will focus on reinvigorating domestic nuclear fuel supply chain capabilities, utilizing existing facilities, and minimizing negative disruption of market mechanisms. The Department expects the acquisition of natural uranium to result in new uranium production at existing domestic sites. The Department does not intend such new production to initiate or expand mining on Tribal lands, expand the Office of Legacy Management’s (LM) Uranium Leasing Program, or expand access to additional uranium deposits located on other Federal lands. Additionally, the Department does not intend to acquire uranium or uranium hexafluoride produced from enricher underfeeding, the re-enrichment of tails, or other sources that do not support the reinvigoration of uranium production and conversion capabilities. Likewise, the Department expects to use existing domestic commercial conversion 1 https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/ statements-releases/2021/03/31/fact-sheet-theamerican-jobs-plan/ E:\FR\FM\11AUN1.SGM 11AUN1 44008 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 152 / Wednesday, August 11, 2021 / Notices capabilities and store the uranium hexafluoride at a domestic facility. The Department will comply with all applicable laws, including the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act, in the proposed establishment of a uranium reserve. In addition, the Department will give careful attention to energy justice, distributive impacts, and other relevant issues in its decisionmaking process. This program would include meaningful engagement with stakeholders, including State, local, Tribal governments, and disadvantaged communities. The Department is publishing this RFI to gain a better understanding of Tribal and other disadvantaged communities and stakeholder views on topics related to the establishment of a uranium reserve. Responses to the RFI will inform the Department’s establishment of a uranium reserve, as well as the development of a procurement strategy for acquisition of uranium, conversion services, and storage. Specific Questions on Which Information Is Requested The Department is seeking public comment on the following questions related to the establishment of a uranium reserve and the development of a procurement strategy for acquiring uranium, conversion services, and storage for the uranium. Please provide data, analyses, or other justifications for all responses. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES General Questions (1) How can the establishment of a uranium reserve be structured to: Incentivize the production of uranium from domestic sources and the maintenance of domestic conversion services, Support the Administration’s goals described in the American Jobs Plan, and Promote energy justice, including consideration of community needs and distribution of benefits pursuant to the Justice40 Initiative? 2 (2) How do you envision reinvigorating the domestic nuclear fuel supply chain as being responsive to the President’s Justice40 Initiative—a plan to deliver 40 percent of the overall benefits of climate investments to disadvantaged communities and inform equitable research, development, and deployment within the DOE? Please provide specific actions, the type of benefit (i.e. employment, educational 2 https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/ presidential-actions/2021/01/27/executive-orderon-tackling-the-climate-crisis-at-home-and-abroad/. VerDate Sep<11>2014 23:05 Aug 10, 2021 Jkt 253001 opportunities, etc.) and targeted communities that would be responsive. (3) What siting and environmental justice concerns should the Department consider in the management of any waste generated through establishment of a uranium reserve? Please provide specific concerns, (e.g., siting, transportation, exposure, and other human health impacts, including knowledge of the potential impacts of exposure to the hazards associated with uranium production). (4) Are there additional factors or considerations that should be taken into account regarding the establishment of a uranium reserve? Limitations and/or Restrictions The Department is considering the following factors as we develop our approach to acquire and convert natural uranium and to store uranium hexafluoride in commercial facilities: Uranium must be newly-produced in the U.S. from deposits at an existing site; uranium that was produced previously that is currently held in inventory will not be eligible. Uranium newly-produced from ‘‘alternate feed’’ materials are eligible to be bid for sale. Provision of uranium must not require (1) initiation or expansion of mining on Tribal lands; (2) expansion of the Office of Legacy Management’s Uranium Leasing Program; or (3) expansion of access to additional uranium deposits located on other Federal lands. Provision of conversion services must utilize existing domestic commercial facilities. The entity providing uranium, conversion services, or storage must be U.S.-owned or controlled. Uranium and conversion services must not carry any peaceful-use or enduse restrictions. (5) Do the limitations/restrictions support the Department’s objective to incentivize the production of U.S. uranium and conversion services? Why or why not? (6) Should any of these limitations/ restrictions be modified or eliminated? Include your justification for any modification or elimination. (7) Please describe any additional limitations/restrictions (other than cost) that you believe the Department should consider and include your justification. Additional factors for consideration: (8) Please describe any additional considerations (other than cost) that you believe the Department should consider and include your justification. (9) Please describe any legal, regulatory, and policy issues, including environmental justice concerns, that PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 should be addressed to enable the implementation of the Uranium Reserve Program under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Pub. L. 116– 260). (10) To what extent should the Department prioritize support for multiple suppliers? Should the Department impose limitations on the procurement of uranium from a single company? If so, should the limits be percentagebased or based on an absolute quantity maximum? Submission of Comments DOE invites all interested parties to submit in writing by 30 days from the publication of this RFI or by September 10, 2021, comments and information on matters addressed in this RFI. Any information that may be business proprietary and exempt by law from public discourse should be submitted as described in Section IV. Business Proprietary Information. Business Proprietary Information Pursuant to 10 CFR 1004.11, any person submitting information he or she believes to be business proprietary and exempt by law from public disclosure should submit via email, or postal mail two well-marked copies: One copy of the document marked ‘‘Business Proprietary’’ including all the information believed to be proprietary, and one copy of the document marked ‘‘non-Proprietary’’ with the information believed to be business proprietary deleted. DOE will make its own determination about the business proprietary status of the information and treat it according to its determination. Factors of interest to DOE when evaluating requests to treat submitted information as business proprietary include: (1) A description of the items; (2) whether and why such items are customarily treated as business proprietary within the industry; (3) whether the information is generally known by or available from other sources; (4) whether the information has previously been made available to others without obligation concerning its business proprietary nature; (5) an explanation of the competitive injury to the submitting person which would result from public disclosure; (6) when such information might lose its business proprietary character due to the passage of time; and (7) why disclosure of the information would be contrary to the public interest. Signing Authority This document of the Department of Energy was signed on August 4, 2021, E:\FR\FM\11AUN1.SGM 11AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 152 / Wednesday, August 11, 2021 / Notices by Jill Hruby, Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration, pursuant to delegated authority from the Secretary of Energy. That document with the original signature and date is maintained by DOE. For administrative purposes only, and in compliance with requirements of the Office of the Federal Register, the undersigned DOE Federal Register Liaison Officer has been authorized to sign and submit the document in electronic format for publication, as an official document of the Department of Energy. This administrative process in no way alters the legal effect of this document upon publication in the Federal Register. Signed in Washington, DC, on August 4, 2021. Treena V. Garrett, Federal Register Liaison Officer, U.S. Department of Energy. [FR Doc. 2021–17145 Filed 8–10–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project No. 6470–008] jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Winooski Hydroelectric Company; Notice of Application Tendered for Filing With the Commission and Soliciting Additional Study Requests and Establishing Procedural Schedule for Relicensing and a Deadline for Submission of Final Amendments Take notice that the following hydroelectric application has been filed with the Commission and is available for public inspection. a. Type of Application: Subsequent Minor License. b. Project No.: 6470–008. c. Date Filed: July 30, 2021. d. Applicant: Winooski Hydroelectric Company (WHC). e. Name of Project: Winooski 8 Hydroelectric Project (project). f. Location: On the Winooski River in Washington County, Vermont. No federal lands are occupied by the project works or located within the project boundary. g. Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power Act 16 U.S.C. 791(a)–825(r) h. Applicant Contact: Mathew Rubin, General Partner, Winooski Hydroelectric Company, 26 State Street, Montpelier, Vermont 05602; (802) 793–5939; or email at m@mrubin.biz. i. FERC Contact: Kristen Sinclair at (202) 502–6587, or kristen.sinclair@ ferc.gov. VerDate Sep<11>2014 23:05 Aug 10, 2021 Jkt 253001 j. Cooperating agencies: Federal, state, local, and tribal agencies with jurisdiction and/or special expertise with respect to environmental issues that wish to cooperate in the preparation of the environmental document should follow the instructions for filing such requests described in item l below. Cooperating agencies should note the Commission’s policy that agencies that cooperate in the preparation of the environmental document cannot also intervene. See 94 FERC ¶ 61,076 (2001). k. Pursuant to section 4.32(b)(7) of 18 CFR of the Commission’s regulations, if any resource agency, Indian Tribe, or person believes that an additional scientific study should be conducted in order to form an adequate factual basis for a complete analysis of the application on its merit, the resource agency, Indian Tribe, or person must file a request for a study with the Commission not later than 60 days from the date of filing of the application, and serve a copy of the request on the applicant. l. Deadline for filing additional study requests and requests for cooperating agency status: September 28, 2021. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file additional study requests and requests for cooperating agency status using the Commission’s eFiling system at https:// ferconline.ferc.gov/FERCOnline.aspx. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov, (866) 208–3676 (toll free), or (202) 502–8659 (TTY). In lieu of electronic filing, you may submit a paper copy. Submissions sent via the U.S. Postal Service must be addressed to: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE, Room 1A, Washington, DC 20426. Submissions sent via any other carrier must be addressed to: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 12225 Wilkins Avenue, Rockville, Maryland 20852. All filings must clearly identify the project name and docket number on the first page: Winooski 8 Hydroelectric Project (P– 6470–008). m. The application is not ready for environmental analysis at this time. n. Project Description: The existing Winooski 8 Hydroelectric Project consists of: (1) A 222.5-foot-long, 26foot-high concrete gravity dam impounding a reservoir with a storage capacity of approximately 20 acre-feet at an elevation of 615 feet mean sea level; (2) a 148-foot-long spillway with 4-foothigh flashboards built into the crest of the dam; (3) a 24-foot-long, PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 44009 hydraulically operated crest gate built into the crest of the dam; (4) a 1,100square-foot forebay located adjacent to the project impoundment; (5) three hydraulically operated trashracks; (6) a 1,550-square-foot powerhouse that contains two semi-Kaplan turbines and one fixed propeller turbine for a total installed capacity of 856 kilowatts; (7) a 100-foot-long tailrace; (8) a 1,000 kilovolt-amp station transformer; (9) a 30-foot long, 13-kilovolt transmission line and (10) appurtenant facilities. The project generates an annual average of 3,507 megawatt-hours. WHC proposes to continue to operate the project in an automated run-of-river mode. WHC also proposes to add 3.6 acres to the existing project boundary to enclose a 4,100foot-long dirt road currently used by WHC to access the dam and powerhouse and to enclose an existing unimproved site that provides access to the river for boating and fishing activities downstream of the dam. o. In addition to publishing the full text of this notice in the Federal Register, the Commission provides all interested persons an opportunity to view and/or print the contents of this notice, as well as other documents in the proceeding (e.g., license application) via the internet through the Commission’s Home Page (http:// www.ferc.gov) using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document (P–6470). At this time, the Commission has suspended access to the Commission’s Public Reference Room due to the proclamation declaring a National Emergency concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID–19) issued by the President on March 13, 2020. For assistance, contact FERC at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or call toll-free, (866) 208–3676 or (202) 502– 8659 (TTY). You may also register online at https://ferconline.ferc.gov/ FERCOnline.aspx to be notified via email of new filings and issuances related to this or other pending projects. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support. p. Procedural Schedule: The application will be processed according to the following preliminary schedule. Revisions to the schedule will be made as appropriate. Issue Deficiency Letter (if necessary)— August 2021 Request Additional Information (if needed)—September 2021 Issue Notice of Acceptance—December 2021 Issue Scoping Document 1 for comments—January 2022 E:\FR\FM\11AUN1.SGM 11AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY


Request for Information Regarding Establishment of the Department 
of Energy Uranium Reserve Program

AGENCY: National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of Energy.

ACTION: Request for information (RFI).

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE or the Department) is 
issuing this RFI to invite public comment on topics related to 
establishment of the DOE's Uranium Reserve program.

DATES: Written comments and information are requested on or before 
September 10, 2021.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons may submit comments by any of the 
following methods:
    Email: [email protected]. Submit electronic comments in 
Microsoft Word or PDF file format and avoid the use of special 
characters or any form of encryption. Please include ``Response to 
Uranium Reserve RFI'' in the subject line.
    Postal Mail: Response to Uranium Reserve RFI, c/o Mr. Kyle Fowler, 
U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration, 
Mailstop NA-10, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585-0121.
    Online: Responses will be accepted online at https://www.regulations.gov.
    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name 
for this request for information. No facsimiles (faxes) will be 
accepted.
    Note: The Government has posted a parallel RFI to SAM.gov in order 
invite industry comment on topics related to establishment of the DOE's 
Uranium Reserve program. To avoid duplicate submissions, interested 
parties are encouraged to only respond to one of the notices.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for further information 
should be sent to: [email protected] or Mr. Kyle Fowler, (202) 
586-1963. If responding by email, please include ``Question on Uranium 
Reserve RFI'' in the subject line.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    In the United States (U.S.), nuclear energy provides more than 55 
percent of our clean energy and supports about half a million American 
jobs. However, the U.S. nuclear industry and the nuclear fuel supply 
chain face significant challenges that have left domestic nuclear fuel 
suppliers in a weakened position on the domestic and global stage. 
Revitalizing the U.S. nuclear fuel supply infrastructure would support 
the Administration's goals described in the American Jobs Plan,\1\ 
including addressing the climate crisis, creating American jobs, 
positioning the U.S. to compete with economic rivals, and supporting 
national security. It would support environmental justice initiatives, 
prioritize addressing long-standing and persistent racial injustice by 
targeting 40 percent of the benefits of climate and clean 
infrastructure investments to disadvantaged communities, consider rural 
communities and communities impacted by the market-based transition to 
clean energy, and include meaningful stakeholder engagement.
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    \1\ https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/03/31/fact-sheet-the-american-jobs-plan/
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    In December 2020, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations 
Act, 2021 (Pub. L. 116-260) that makes $75,000,000 available to the 
Department for the Uranium Reserve Program. The Department is 
considering options to acquire natural uranium and convert this uranium 
into uranium hexafluoride that would be stored at commercial facilities 
in the United States.
    In considering options, the Department will focus on reinvigorating 
domestic nuclear fuel supply chain capabilities, utilizing existing 
facilities, and minimizing negative disruption of market mechanisms. 
The Department expects the acquisition of natural uranium to result in 
new uranium production at existing domestic sites. The Department does 
not intend such new production to initiate or expand mining on Tribal 
lands, expand the Office of Legacy Management's (LM) Uranium Leasing 
Program, or expand access to additional uranium deposits located on 
other Federal lands. Additionally, the Department does not intend to 
acquire uranium or uranium hexafluoride produced from enricher 
underfeeding, the re-enrichment of tails, or other sources that do not 
support the reinvigoration of uranium production and conversion 
capabilities. Likewise, the Department expects to use existing domestic 
commercial conversion

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capabilities and store the uranium hexafluoride at a domestic facility.
    The Department will comply with all applicable laws, including the 
National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historic 
Preservation Act, in the proposed establishment of a uranium reserve. 
In addition, the Department will give careful attention to energy 
justice, distributive impacts, and other relevant issues in its 
decision-making process. This program would include meaningful 
engagement with stakeholders, including State, local, Tribal 
governments, and disadvantaged communities.
    The Department is publishing this RFI to gain a better 
understanding of Tribal and other disadvantaged communities and 
stakeholder views on topics related to the establishment of a uranium 
reserve. Responses to the RFI will inform the Department's 
establishment of a uranium reserve, as well as the development of a 
procurement strategy for acquisition of uranium, conversion services, 
and storage.

Specific Questions on Which Information Is Requested

    The Department is seeking public comment on the following questions 
related to the establishment of a uranium reserve and the development 
of a procurement strategy for acquiring uranium, conversion services, 
and storage for the uranium. Please provide data, analyses, or other 
justifications for all responses.

General Questions

    (1) How can the establishment of a uranium reserve be structured 
to:
    Incentivize the production of uranium from domestic sources and the 
maintenance of domestic conversion services,
    Support the Administration's goals described in the American Jobs 
Plan, and
    Promote energy justice, including consideration of community needs 
and distribution of benefits pursuant to the Justice40 Initiative? \2\
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    \2\ https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/27/executive-order-on-tackling-the-climate-crisis-at-home-and-abroad/.
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    (2) How do you envision reinvigorating the domestic nuclear fuel 
supply chain as being responsive to the President's Justice40 
Initiative--a plan to deliver 40 percent of the overall benefits of 
climate investments to disadvantaged communities and inform equitable 
research, development, and deployment within the DOE? Please provide 
specific actions, the type of benefit (i.e. employment, educational 
opportunities, etc.) and targeted communities that would be responsive.
    (3) What siting and environmental justice concerns should the 
Department consider in the management of any waste generated through 
establishment of a uranium reserve? Please provide specific concerns, 
(e.g., siting, transportation, exposure, and other human health 
impacts, including knowledge of the potential impacts of exposure to 
the hazards associated with uranium production).
    (4) Are there additional factors or considerations that should be 
taken into account regarding the establishment of a uranium reserve?

Limitations and/or Restrictions

    The Department is considering the following factors as we develop 
our approach to acquire and convert natural uranium and to store 
uranium hexafluoride in commercial facilities:
    Uranium must be newly-produced in the U.S. from deposits at an 
existing site; uranium that was produced previously that is currently 
held in inventory will not be eligible.
    Uranium newly-produced from ``alternate feed'' materials are 
eligible to be bid for sale.
    Provision of uranium must not require (1) initiation or expansion 
of mining on Tribal lands; (2) expansion of the Office of Legacy 
Management's Uranium Leasing Program; or (3) expansion of access to 
additional uranium deposits located on other Federal lands.
    Provision of conversion services must utilize existing domestic 
commercial facilities.
    The entity providing uranium, conversion services, or storage must 
be U.S.-owned or controlled.
    Uranium and conversion services must not carry any peaceful-use or 
end-use restrictions.
    (5) Do the limitations/restrictions support the Department's 
objective to incentivize the production of U.S. uranium and conversion 
services? Why or why not?
    (6) Should any of these limitations/restrictions be modified or 
eliminated? Include your justification for any modification or 
elimination.
    (7) Please describe any additional limitations/restrictions (other 
than cost) that you believe the Department should consider and include 
your justification.
    Additional factors for consideration:
    (8) Please describe any additional considerations (other than cost) 
that you believe the Department should consider and include your 
justification.
    (9) Please describe any legal, regulatory, and policy issues, 
including environmental justice concerns, that should be addressed to 
enable the implementation of the Uranium Reserve Program under the 
Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Pub. L. 116-260).
    (10) To what extent should the Department prioritize support for 
multiple suppliers?
    Should the Department impose limitations on the procurement of 
uranium from a single company?
    If so, should the limits be percentage-based or based on an 
absolute quantity maximum?

Submission of Comments

    DOE invites all interested parties to submit in writing by 30 days 
from the publication of this RFI or by September 10, 2021, comments and 
information on matters addressed in this RFI. Any information that may 
be business proprietary and exempt by law from public discourse should 
be submitted as described in Section IV. Business Proprietary 
Information.

Business Proprietary Information

    Pursuant to 10 CFR 1004.11, any person submitting information he or 
she believes to be business proprietary and exempt by law from public 
disclosure should submit via email, or postal mail two well-marked 
copies: One copy of the document marked ``Business Proprietary'' 
including all the information believed to be proprietary, and one copy 
of the document marked ``non-Proprietary'' with the information 
believed to be business proprietary deleted. DOE will make its own 
determination about the business proprietary status of the information 
and treat it according to its determination. Factors of interest to DOE 
when evaluating requests to treat submitted information as business 
proprietary include: (1) A description of the items; (2) whether and 
why such items are customarily treated as business proprietary within 
the industry; (3) whether the information is generally known by or 
available from other sources; (4) whether the information has 
previously been made available to others without obligation concerning 
its business proprietary nature; (5) an explanation of the competitive 
injury to the submitting person which would result from public 
disclosure; (6) when such information might lose its business 
proprietary character due to the passage of time; and (7) why 
disclosure of the information would be contrary to the public interest.

Signing Authority

    This document of the Department of Energy was signed on August 4, 
2021,

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by Jill Hruby, Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and Administrator 
of the National Nuclear Security Administration, pursuant to delegated 
authority from the Secretary of Energy. That document with the original 
signature and date is maintained by DOE. For administrative purposes 
only, and in compliance with requirements of the Office of the Federal 
Register, the undersigned DOE Federal Register Liaison Officer has been 
authorized to sign and submit the document in electronic format for 
publication, as an official document of the Department of Energy. This 
administrative process in no way alters the legal effect of this 
document upon publication in the Federal Register.

    Signed in Washington, DC, on August 4, 2021.
Treena V. Garrett,
Federal Register Liaison Officer, U.S. Department of Energy.
[FR Doc. 2021-17145 Filed 8-10-21; 8:45 am]
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