[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 126 (Friday, June 29, 2012)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 38742-38743]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-16115]


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Proposed Rules
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This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of 
the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these 
notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in 
the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules.

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Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 126 / Friday, June 29, 2012 / 
Proposed Rules

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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

10 CFR Part 50

[NRC-2011-0087]
RIN 3150-AI96


Non-Power Reactor License Renewal

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Preliminary draft regulatory basis; request for comment.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or the Commission) 
is making available a preliminary draft regulatory basis for a proposed 
rulemaking that would amend the NRC's regulations concerning the 
license renewal requirements for non-power reactors. This contemplated 
rulemaking would also make conforming changes to address technical 
issues in existing non-power reactor regulations. The NRC is seeking 
input from the public, licensees, certificate holders, and other 
stakeholders on the preliminary draft regulatory basis.

DATES: Submit comments by July 31, 2012. Comments received after this 
date will be considered if it is practical to do so, but the NRC is 
able to ensure consideration only for comments received on or before 
this date.

ADDRESSES: You may access information and comment submissions related 
to this preliminary draft regulatory basis, which the NRC possesses and 
are publicly available, by searching on http://www.regulations.gov 
under Docket ID NRC-2011-0087. You may submit comments by any of the 
following methods (unless this document describes a different method 
for submitting comments on a specific subject):
     Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2011-0087. Address 
questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301-492-
3668; email: Carol.Gallagher@nrc.gov.
     Email comments to: Rulemaking.Comments@nrc.gov. If you do 
not receive an automatic email reply confirming receipt, then contact 
us at 301-415-1677.
     Fax comments to: Secretary, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory 
Commission at 301-415-1101.
     Mail comments to: Secretary, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory 
Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, ATTN: Rulemakings and 
Adjudications Staff.
     Hand deliver comments to: 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, 
Maryland 20852, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. (Eastern Time) Federal 
workdays; telephone: 301-415-1677.
    For additional direction on accessing information and submitting 
comments, see ``Accessing Information and Submitting Comments'' in the 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Duane Hardesty, Project Manager, 
Research and Test Reactors Licensing Branch, Division of Policy and 
Rulemaking, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, Mail Stop: O12-E20, 
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001; 
telephone: 301-415-3724; email: Duane.Hardesty@nrc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Accessing Information and Submitting Comments

A. Accessing Information

    Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2011-0087 when contacting the NRC 
about the availability of information for this preliminary draft 
regulatory basis. You may access information related to this 
preliminary draft regulatory basis, which the NRC possesses and are 
publicly available, by any of the following methods:
     Federal Rulemaking Web Site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2011-0087.
     NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System 
(ADAMS): You may access publicly available documents online in the NRC 
Library at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. To begin the 
search, select ``ADAMS Public Documents'' and then select ``Begin Web-
based ADAMS Search.'' For problems with ADAMS, please contact the NRC's 
Public Document Room (PDR) reference staff at 1-800-397-4209, 301-415-
4737, or by email to pdr.resource@nrc.gov. The ADAMS accession number 
for each document referenced in this document (if that document is 
available in ADAMS) is provided the first time that a document is 
referenced. The preliminary draft regulatory basis is available in 
ADAMS under Accession No. ML12167A383.
     NRC's PDR: You may examine and purchase copies of public 
documents at the NRC's PDR, Room O1-F21, One White Flint North, 11555 
Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852.

B. Submitting Comments

    Please include Docket ID NRC-2011-0087 in the subject line of your 
comment submission, in order to ensure that the NRC is able to make 
your comment submission available to the public in this docket.
    The NRC cautions you not to include identifying or contact 
information that you do not want to be publicly disclosed in your 
comment submission. The NRC will post all comment submissions at http://www.regulations.gov as well as enter the comment submissions into 
ADAMS. The NRC does not routinely edit comment submissions to remove 
identifying or contact information.
    If you are requesting or aggregating comments from other persons 
for submission to the NRC, then you should inform those persons not to 
include identifying or contact information that they do not want to be 
publicly disclosed in their comment submission. Your request should 
state that the NRC does not routinely edit comment submissions to 
remove such information before making the comment submissions available 
to the public or entering the comment submissions into ADAMS.

II. Background

    In response to Commission direction in a Staff Requirements 
Memorandum for SECY-08-0161 (ADAMS Accession Nos. ML082550140 and 
ML090850159), the NRC has developed a preliminary draft regulatory 
basis for a proposed rulemaking regarding non-power reactor licenses. 
The preliminary draft regulatory basis document describes the NRC's 
overall objectives, conceptual approaches, potential solutions, 
integration with the NRC's strategic goals, and related technical and

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regulatory clarity issues for the proposed rulemaking. The NRC is 
soliciting comments on this preliminary draft regulatory basis document 
from the public, licensees, and other stakeholders to confirm that an 
adequate regulatory basis exists to proceed with rulemaking to issue 
amended license renewal regulations for non-power reactors. The NRC 
conducted public meetings and Webinars on September 13 (ML112710285), 
and December19, 2011 (ML113630166), and on June 20, 2012 (ML12177A334), 
to discuss the regulatory basis and to facilitate the public's and 
stakeholders' submission of informed comments.
    The NRC is issuing this notice to solicit public comments on the 
preliminary draft regulatory basis to streamline non-power reactor 
license renewal. After the NRC staff considers public comments, it will 
make a determination regarding issuance of the final regulatory basis. 
Any subsequent versions of the regulatory basis will be posted on 
www.regulations.gov in Docket ID NRC-2011-0087. Regulations.gov allows 
you to receive alerts when changes or additions occur in a docket 
folder. To subscribe: (1) Navigate to the docket folder, NRC-2011-0087; 
(2) click the ``Email Alert'' link; and (3) enter your email address 
and select how frequently you would like to receive emails (daily, 
weekly or monthly).

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 25th day of June, 2012.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Jessie F. Quichocho,
Chief, Research and Test Reactors Licensing Branch, Division of Policy 
and Rulemaking, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.
[FR Doc. 2012-16115 Filed 6-28-12; 8:45 am]
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