Branch Technical Position on the Import of Non-U.S. Origin Radioactive Sources
In 2010, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff published a final rule amending its regulations concerning export and import of nuclear equipment and material. Among other things, it added the phrase ``of U.S. origin'' to the first exclusion to the definition of ``radioactive waste'' to confirm that the return of U.S. origin radioactive sources is not classified as the import of radioactive waste. The NRC staff drafted the Branch Technical Position (BTP) on the Import of Non-U.S. Origin Sources to provide additional guidance on the application of this exclusion in the regulations. In developing this BTP, the NRC staff has engaged with States, Low- Level Waste Compacts, industry, and the public by providing two opportunities for public comment via Federal Register Notice and a public meeting in 2012. The exclusion in 10 CFR part 110 reflects the United States' commitments to the policy of safe storage and disposal of disused sources in the international context, including under the Code of Practice on the International Transboundary Movement of Radioactive Waste (Code of Practice), Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management (Joint Convention), and the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources (Code of Conductalong with the supplementary Guidance on Import and Export). The United States' commitments include not exporting radioactive waste to other countries for disposal and, in light of the United States' strong domestic regulatory program, allowing return of disused sources manufactured or distributed from the United States in order to prevent sources from being orphaned overseas where regulatory programs may not exist or function to an optimal level.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has recently submitted to OMB for review the following proposal for the collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). The NRC hereby informs potential respondents that an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and that a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. The NRC published a Federal Register notice with a 60-day comment period on this information collection on June 12, 2013 (78 FR 35329). 1. Type of submission, new, revision, or extension: Extension. 2. The title of the information collection: 10 CFR Part 11, ``Criteria and Procedures for Determining Eligibility for Access to or Control Over Special Nuclear Material.'' 3. Current OMB approval number: 3150-0062. 4. The form number if applicable: N/A. 5. How often the collection is required: On Occasion. 6. Who will be required or asked to report: Employees (including applicants for employment), contractors, and consultants of NRC licensees and contractors whose activities involve access to, or control over, special nuclear material at either fixed sites or for transportation activities. 7. An estimate of the number of annual responses: 328. 8. The estimated number of annual respondents: 2. 9. An estimate of the total number of hours needed annually to complete the requirement or request: 82. 10. Abstract: The NRC regulations in part 11 of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), establish requirements for access to special nuclear material, and the criteria and procedures for resolving questions concerning the eligibility of individuals to receive special nuclear material access authorization. The public may examine and have copied for a fee publicly available documents, including the final supporting statement, at the NRC's Public Document Room, Room O-1F21, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852. The OMB clearance requests are available at the NRC's Web site: http://www.nrc.gov/public-involve/ doc-comment/omb/. The document will be available on the NRC's home page site for 60 days after the signature date of this notice. Comments and questions should be directed to the OMB reviewer listed below by September 27, 2013. Comments received after this date will be considered if it is practical to do so, but assurance of consideration cannot be given to comments received after this date. Chad Whiteman, Desk Officer, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (3150-0062), NEOB-10202, Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC 20503. Comments can also be emailed to Chad_S_Whiteman@omb.eop.gov or submitted by telephone at 202-395-4718. The NRC's Clearance Officer is Tremaine Donnell, 301-415-6258.