Exports of U.S.-Origin Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) for Medical Isotope Production: Certification of Sufficient Supplies of Non-HEU-based Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) To Meet Needs of Patients in the United States
DOE and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in accordance with the American Medical Isotopes Production Act of 2012 (AMIPA), have issued a joint Secretarial certification that there is a sufficient global supply of Mo-99 produced without the use of HEU available to meet the needs of patients in the United States and that it is not necessary to export United States-origin HEU for the purposes of medical isotope production in order to meet United States patient needs. This certification is effective as of January 2, 2022.
Supply of Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) Produced Without the Use of Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU)
DOE, in accordance with Section 3174 of the American Medical Isotopes Production Act of 2012 (AMIPA), is preparing for a Secretarial certification regarding the sufficiency of supply of non-HEU based Mo- 99. DOE is seeking public input as part of its certification development process and analysis to determine the sufficiency of Mo-99 supply to meet U.S. patient needs.
Request for Information Regarding Establishment of the Department of Energy Uranium Reserve Program
The Department of Energy (DOE) published the Request for information (RFI) to invite public comment on topics related to the Establishment of the DOE's Uranium Reserve program on August 11, 2021. Through this notice, DOE announces the reopening of the Uranium Reserve RFI comment period for an additional 30 days. The August 11, 2021 Federal Register notice mistakenly listed an option for online submissions via www.regulations.gov, but that option is not available at this time. Comments can be submitted via email or postal mail through the instructions in the ADDRESSES section.
Disposition of Fast Critical Assembly Plutonium
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), a semi- autonomous agency within the Department of Energy (DOE), is amending its prior decision to disposition up to 350 kilograms (kg) of foreign Gap Material Plutonium from preparation for emplacement in the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) to disposition using an electrolytic dissolver in H-Canyon, vitrification with high level radioactive waste (HLW) at the Defense Waste Processing Facility (DWPF), and storage at Savannah River Site (SRS) until a geologic repository is available. NNSA has determined through feasibility and process technology studies that this disposition path could be performed at a substantially lower cost than preparation for disposal at WIPP. NNSA has prepared a Supplement Analysis (SA) to inform this amended decision and has determined that no additional National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review is necessary.
Defense Programs Advisory Committee Renewal
Pursuant to Federal Advisory Committee Act, and following consultation with the Committee Management Secretariat, General Services Administration, notice is hereby given that the Defense Programs Advisory Committee (DPAC) will be renewed for a two-year period, beginning on February 8, 2021. The DPAC will provide advice and recommendations to the Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs on the stewardship and maintenance of the Nation's nuclear deterrent. Additionally, the renewal of the Committee has been determined to be essential to the conduct of the Department's business and to be in the public interest in connection with the performance of duties imposed upon the Department of Energy by law and agreement. The Committee will continue to operate in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act and the rules and regulations in implementation of that Act.
Agency Information Collection Extension
The Department of Energy (DOE) has submitted a request to the OMB for the extension of information collection authorities under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DOE requests a three-year extension of its authority to collection information for its American Assured Fuel Supply Program, OMB Control Number 1910-5173. The proposed collection is necessary for DOE to determine the eligibility of the applicants to access low enriched uranium (LEU) in the American Assured Fuel Supply (AAFS).