[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 210 (Tuesday, October 30, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 65700-65701]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-26578]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Federal Emergency Management Agency

[Docket ID FEMA-2012-0026]


Notice of Request for Comments on the Scope of Future Revisions 
to ``Criteria for Preparation and Evaluation of Radiological Emergency 
Response Plans and Preparedness in Support of Nuclear Power Plants'' 
(NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1, Rev. 1)

AGENCY: Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is soliciting 
comments from stakeholders and interested members of the public on the 
scope of future revisions to ``Criteria for Preparation and Evaluation 
of Radiological Emergency Response Plans and Preparedness in Support of 
Nuclear Power Plants,'' (NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1, Rev. 1). In association 
with this request for comments, FEMA and the Nuclear Regulatory 
Commission (NRC) held two public meetings on August 22, 2012 and 
September 13, 2012.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted to FEMA by January 31, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. FEMA-2012-
0026, by one of the following methods:
    [ssquf] Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
    [ssquf] Mail/Hand Delivery/Courier: FEMA, Regulatory Affairs 
Division, Office of Chief Counsel, 500 C Street SW., Room 840, 
Washington, DC 20472-3100.
    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. FEMA-2012-0026. 
All submissions received must include the agency name and docket ID. 
Regardless of the method used for submitting comments or material, all 
submissions will be posted, without change, to the Federal e-Rulemaking 
Portal at http://www.regulations.gov, and will include any personal 
information you provide. Therefore, submitting this information makes 
it public. Please be aware that anyone is able to search the electronic 
form of all comments received into any of our dockets by the name of 
the individual who submitted the comment (or signed the comment, if 
submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). 
You may want to review the Federal Docket Management System of records 
notice published in the Federal Register on March 24, 2005 (70 FR 
15086).
    Do not submit comments that include trade secrets, confidential 
commercial or financial information to the public regulatory docket. 
Comments containing this type of information should be appropriately 
marked as containing such information and submitted by mail to the 
address specified in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. If FEMA 
receives a request to examine or copy this information, FEMA will treat 
it as any other request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 
U.S.C. 552, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)'s FOIA 
regulation found in 6 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 5 and 
FEMA's regulations found in 44 CFR Part 5.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received, go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov, click on ``Advanced Search,'' then enter ``FEMA-
2012-0026'' in the ``By Docket ID'' box, then select ``FEMA'' under 
``By Agency,'' and then click ``Search.'' Submitted comments may also 
be inspected at FEMA, Office of Chief Counsel, Room 835, 500 C Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20472.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Vanessa Quinn, Radiological Emergency 
Preparedness Branch Chief, Radiological Emergency Preparedness Branch, 
Technological Hazards Division, National Preparedness Directorate, 
Federal Emergency Management Agency; Phone Number: 703-605-1535.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: FEMA, working with the Nuclear Regulatory 
Commission (NRC), is soliciting comments from stakeholders and 
interested members of the public on the scope of future revisions to 
``Criteria for Preparation and Evaluation of Radiological Emergency 
Response Plans and Preparedness in Support of Nuclear Power Plants,'' 
NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1, Rev. 1. The document is available online at 
http://www.regulations.gov (Docket ID FEMA-2012-0026).
    NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1, Rev.1 is a joint FEMA/NRC policy document 
that provides guidance on the sixteen Planning Standards referenced in 
FEMA's regulations at 44 CFR 350.5 and the NRC's regulations at 10 CFR 
part 50. Both agencies use these Planning Standards to evaluate the 
adequacy of the emergency plans of commercial nuclear power plant 
owners and operators (NRC), and the emergency plans and preparedness of 
State and local governments within the Emergency Planning Zones 
surrounding commercial nuclear power plants (FEMA).
    Since the publication of NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1, Rev.1 in November 
1980, four supplementary documents and one addendum have been issued 
that update and modify specific planning and procedural elements. These 
documents are available online at http://www.regulations.gov (Docket ID 
FEMA-2012-0026). FEMA and the NRC are considering revising NUREG-0654/
FEMA-REP-1, Rev.1 to address stakeholder interest and the various 
emergency planning and preparedness lessons learned since its initial 
publication.
    FEMA and the NRC held two public meetings on August 22, 2012 and

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September 13, 2012. (77 FR 46766, August 6, 2012). The purpose of these 
public meetings was to: (1) Solicit input from stakeholders and 
interested members of the public on the scope of future revisions to 
NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1, Rev.1; (2) describe the proposed timeline for 
the revisions to NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1, Rev.1; and (3) promote 
transparency, public participation, and collaboration during the NUREG-
0654/FEMA-REP-1, Rev.1 revision process. All of the presentation 
material and meeting notes are available to review online at http://www.regulations.gov (Docket ID FEMA-2012-0026).
    Through this Notice, we are soliciting comments from stakeholders 
and interested members of the public on the scope of future revisions 
to NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1, Rev.1. While not limited to these specific 
areas, we are soliciting comments on the following issues related to 
NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1, Rev.1 revision:
     Format and Terminology: various e-formats, clean-up edits, 
and web-based software.
     Policy and Legal Frameworks: National Response Frameworks, 
National Incident Management System (NIMS), emergency preparedness (EP) 
rulemaking issues, NRC Commission papers, lessons learned from the 
Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant accident, and Presidential Policy 
Directive 8 (PPD-8).
     Engineering: evacuation time estimates (ETEs), Alert and 
Notification Systems (ANS), State-of-the-Art Reactor Consequence 
Analyses (SOARCA), Joint Information Centers (JICs), Joint Information 
Systems (JIS), messaging (including risk communication), social media, 
expanding emergency planning zones (EPZs).
     Health Physics: protective action recommendations (PARs), 
radiological laboratories, monitoring/decontamination, dose assessment, 
recovery/re-entry/return, portal monitors, potassium iodide (KI), and 
monitoring and decontamination of household pets.
     Operational: letters of agreement (LOAs), mobilization, 
memorandums of understandings (MOUs), staffing, authorities, protective 
action decisions (PADs).
     Training and Implementation: implementation timeline, 
deadlines, updating courses, credentialing.
     Assessments: exercises, plan reviews, inspections, call-in 
drills, report-in drills.
     Miscellaneous: additional items that are not defined in 
any of the specified category areas.

    Dated: October 23, 2012.
Timothy W. Manning,
Deputy Administrator, Protection and National Preparedness, Federal 
Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security.
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