[Federal Register Volume 69, Number 22 (Tuesday, February 3, 2004)]
[Notices]
[Pages 5198-5199]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 04-2115]


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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION


Advisory Committee on Nuclear Waste; Notice of Meeting

    The Advisory Committee on Nuclear Waste (ACNW) will hold its 148th 
meeting on February 24-27, 2004, Room T-2B3, 11545 Rockville Pike, 
Rockville, Maryland.
    The entire meeting will be open to public attendance except for 
portions that will be closed to discuss and protect information as well 
as unclassified safeguards information pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(1) 
and (3).
    The schedule for this meeting is as follows:

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

8 a.m.-8:10 a.m.: Opening Statement (Open)--The Chairman will open 
the meeting and turn it over to the Working Group Chairman.

Working Group: Biosphere Dose Assessments for the Proposed Yucca 
Mountain High-Level Waste Repository (Open)

10 a.m.-8:20 a.m.: The Working Group Chairman will discuss the 
purposes of these working group sessions.
8:20 a.m.-8:50 a.m.: Keynote Presentation: What are the key issues 
in Biosphere Dose Assessments? How do the assessments enhance 
confidence by estimating potential doses? (Open)--The Committee will 
hear and discuss views on biosphere dose assessments by a 
distinguished expert.
8:50 a.m.-9:50 a.m.: Introduction to Biosphere Dose Assessment: NRC 
Staff Expectations Regarding Content of Potential Yucca Mountain 
License Application (Open)--The Committee will hear presentations by 
NRC staff representatives regarding the potential Yucca Mountain 
license application.
10:10 a.m.-11:10 a.m.: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Approach to 
Conducting Biosphere Dose Assessments for Yucca Mountain (Open)--The 
Committee will hear a presentation by DOE representatives regarding 
the biosphere dose assessments for Yucca Mountain.
11:10 a.m.-12 Noon: Public Comments (Open)--The Committee will hear 
comments from the public.
1 p.m.-5:15 p.m.: Technical Session Discussions: Elements of a 
Biosphere Dose Assessment Program (Open)--The Committee will hear 
presentations on two key areas of interest: environmental pathway 
analysis and metabolic models.
5:15 p.m.-5:45 p.m.: Public Comments (Open)--The Committee will hear 
comments from the public.

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

8 a.m.-8:10 a.m.: Opening Statement (Open)--The Working Group 
Chairman will make opening remarks regarding the conduct of today's 
sessions.

Working Group: Biosphere Dose Assessments for the Proposed Yucca 
Mountain High-Level Waste Repository--Continued (Open)

8:10 a.m.-9:40 a.m.: NRC's Risk Insights Initiative: Impact on 
Biosphere Dose Assessment Plans (Open)--The Committee will hear 
presentations by NRC and DOE representatives regarding agreement 
information needs to be included in a potential Yucca Mountain 
License Application.
9:55 a.m.-12 Noon: Presentations by Stakeholder Organizations 
(Open)--The Committee will hear presentations by stakeholder 
organizations.
1 p.m.-1:30 p.m.: NRC's Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research (RES) 
Perspective on Biosphere Dose Assessments (Open)--The Committee will 
hear a presentation by NRC RES representative regarding biosphere 
dose assessments.
1:30 p.m.-2:45 p.m.: Working Group Roundtable Panel Discussion 
(Open)
3 p.m.-4 p.m.: Panel and Committee Summary Discussion (Open)
4 p.m.-4:30 p.m.: Public Comments (Open)
4:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m.: Closing Comments by the Working Group Chairman 
(Open)
4:45 p.m.-5:45 p.m.: Discussion of ACNW Letter Report (Open)--The 
Committee will outline the principal points to be included in a 
potential letter report resulting from these Working Group sessions.

Thursday, February 26, 2004

11:30 a.m.-11:40 a.m.: Opening Remarks by the ACNW Chairman (Open)--
The Chairman will make opening remarks regarding the conduct of 
today's sessions.
11:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Waste Management--Related Safety Research 
Report (Open)--The Committee will discuss recent Member activities 
relevant to the ACNW review of NRC waste management-related safety 
research as well as discuss a proposed report.
1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.: Radiological Dispersal Devices (Closed)--The 
Committee will be briefed by the NRC staff on the current status of 
work in progress on health and safety and public protection issues 
related to radiological dispersal devices.
4:45 p.m.-6:30 p.m.: Preparation of ACNW Reports (Open)--The 
Committee will discuss potential ACNW reports on matters discussed 
during this meeting. It may also discuss possible reports on matters 
discussed during prior meetings.

Friday, February 27, 2004

8:30 a.m.-8:35 a.m.: Opening Remarks by the ACNW Chairman (Open)--
The Chairman will make opening remarks regarding the conduct of 
today's sessions.
8:35 a.m.-10 a.m.: Risk Insights Report (Open)--The Committee will 
be updated by and hold discussions with representatives of the NRC 
staff on recent risk insight activities.
10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m.: Report on Key Technical Issue (KTI) Status 
and DWM Evaluation of DOE's Bundling Approach

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(Open)--The Committee will be briefed by a representative of the NRC 
staff on the status of Yucca Mountain KTIs and the results of its 
evaluation of DOE ``Bundles'' received to date.
11:15 a.m.-2:45 p.m.: Preparation of ACNW Reports (Open/Closed)--The 
Committee will continue discussion of proposed ACNW reports. In 
addition, the Committee will discuss a proposed ACNW report on 
Radiological Dispersal Device (Closed).
2:45 p.m.-3 p.m.: Miscellaneous (Open)--The Committee will discuss 
matters related to the conduct of Committee activities and matters 
and specific issues that were not completed during previous 
meetings, as time and availability of information permit.
    Procedures for the conduct of and participation in ACNW meetings 
were published in the Federal Register on October 16, 2003 (68 FR 
59643). In accordance with these procedures, oral or written 
statements may be presented by members of the public. Electronic 
recordings will be permitted only during those portions of the 
meeting that are open to the public. Persons desiring to make oral 
statements should notify Mr. Howard J. Larson, Special Assistant 
(Telephone 301-415-6805), between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET, as far in 
advance as practicable so that appropriate arrangements can be made 
to schedule the necessary time during the meeting for such 
statements. Use of still, motion picture, and television cameras 
during this meeting will be limited to selected portions of the 
meeting as determined by the ACNW Chairman. Information regarding 
the time to be set aside for taking pictures may be obtained by 
contacting the ACNW office prior to the meeting. In view of the 
possibility that the schedule for ACNW meetings may be adjusted by 
the Chairman as necessary to facilitate the conduct of the meeting, 
persons planning to attend should notify Mr. Howard J. Larson as to 
their particular needs.
    In accordance with Subsection 10(d) Pub.L. 92-463, I have 
determined that it is necessary to close portions of this meeting 
noted above to discuss and protect information as well as 
unclassified safeguards information pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(1) 
and (3).
    Further information regarding topics to be discussed, whether 
the meeting has been canceled or rescheduled, the Chairman's ruling 
on requests for the opportunity to present oral statements and the 
time allotted, therefore can be obtained by contacting Mr. Howard J. 
Larson.
    ACNW meeting agenda, meeting transcripts, and letter reports are 
available through the NRC Public Document Room at pdr@nrc.gov, or by 
calling the PDR at 1-800-397-4209, or from the Publicly Available 
Records System (PARS) component of NRC's document system (ADAMS) 
which is accessible from the NRC Web site at http://www.nrc.gov/
reading-rm/adams.html or http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-
collections/ (ACRS & ACNW Mtg schedules/agendas).
    Video Teleconferencing service is available for observing open 
sessions of ACNW meetings. Those wishing to use this service for 
observing ACNW meetings should contact Mr. Theron Brown, ACNW 
Audiovisual Technician (301-415-8066), between 7:30 a.m. and 3:45 
p.m. ET, at least 10 days before the meeting to ensure the 
availability of this service. Individuals or organizations 
requesting this service will be responsible for telephone line 
charges and for providing the equipment and facilities that they use 
to establish the video teleconferencing link. The availability of 
video teleconferencing services is not guaranteed.

    Dated: January 28, 2004.
Andrew L. Bates,
Advisory Committee Management Officer.
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