[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 209 (Tuesday, October 29, 2013)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 64414-64415]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-25551]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

10 CFR Part 810

RIN 1994-AA02


Assistance to Foreign Atomic Energy Activities

AGENCY: National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Department of 
Energy (DOE).

ACTION: Notice of a second public meeting and extension of comment 
period.

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SUMMARY: On September 7, 2011, DOE issued a notice of proposed 
rulemaking (NOPR) to propose the first comprehensive updating of 
regulations concerning Assistance to Foreign Atomic Energy Activities 
since 1986. The NOPR reflected a need to make the regulations 
consistent with current global civil nuclear trade practices and 
nonproliferation norms, and to update the activities and technologies 
subject to the Secretary of Energy's specific authorization and DOE 
reporting requirements. It also identified destinations with respect to 
which most assistance would be generally authorized. Remaining 
destinations would require a specific authorization by the Secretary of 
Energy. After careful consideration of all comments received, DOE 
published a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNOPR) on 
August 2, 2013, to respond to those comments, propose new or revised 
rule changes, and afford interested parties an opportunity to comment.
    A public meeting on the SNOPR was held at DOE's headquarters on 
August 5, 2013. A second public meeting will be held on November 15, 
2013 at the Washington Grand Hyatt, 1000 H St. NW., Washington, DC 
20001.
    In conjunction with the timing of this second public meeting, the 
Department is extending the comment period to November 29, 2013. The 
extension will facilitate conducting the second public meeting and 
afford additional time for the public to review and comment on the 
proposed regulation. The Department looks forward to hearing feedback 
from the public on the proposed regulations.

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DATES: DOE will continue to accept written comments on the SNOPR 
published August 2, 2013 (78 FR 46829) submitted electronically or 
postmarked on or before November 29, 2013. The second public meeting 
will be held on November 15, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the 
Washington Grand Hyatt, 1000 H St. NW., Washington, DC 20001. Due to 
space limitations, DOE asks that interested persons send their requests 
to attend this meeting, by no later than 4:30 p.m. on November 13, 
2013.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons should send their requests to attend the 
second public meeting via email to Part810.SNOPR@nnsa.doe.gov. DOE will 
confirm its receipt of requests. Comments may be submitted on the 
SNOPR, identified by RIN 1994-AA02, by any of the following methods:
    1. Federal Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=DOE-HQ-2011-0035. Follow the instructions for 
submitting comments.
    2. Email: Part810.SNOPR@hq.doe.gov. Include RIN 1994-AA02 in the 
subject line of the message.
    3. Mail: Richard Goorevich, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of 
Nonproliferation and International Security, NA-24, National Nuclear 
Security Administration, Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue 
SW., Washington, DC 20585.
    Due to potential delays in DOE's receipt and processing of mail 
sent through the U.S. Postal Service, DOE encourages responders to 
submit comments electronically to ensure timely receipt.
    All submissions must include the RIN for this rulemaking, RIN 1994-
AA02. For additional information and instructions on submitting 
comments, see the ``Public Comment Procedures'' heading of the 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of the SNOPR.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Richard Goorevich, Senior Policy 
Advisor, Office of Nonproliferation and International Security, NA-24, 
National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of Energy, 1000 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585, telephone 202-586-0589; 
Janet Barsy, Office of the General Counsel, GC-53, Department of 
Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585, telephone 
202-586-3429; or Katie Strangis, National Nuclear Security 
Administration, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585, 
telephone 202-586-8623.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
I. Background
II. Second Public Meeting
III. Extension of Comment Period

I. Background

    On September 7, 2011, DOE issued a notice of proposed rulemaking 
(NOPR) to propose the first comprehensive updating of regulations 
concerning Assistance to Foreign Atomic Energy Activities since 1986. 
(76 FR 55278) The NOPR reflected a need to make the regulations 
consistent with current global civil nuclear trade practices and 
nonproliferation norms, and to update the activities and technologies 
subject to the Secretary of Energy's specific authorization and DOE 
reporting requirements. It also identified destinations with respect to 
which most assistance would be generally authorized and destinations 
that would require a specific authorization by the Secretary of Energy. 
After careful consideration of all comments received, DOE published a 
SNOPR on August 2, 2013, to respond to those comments, propose new or 
revised rule changes, and afford interested parties a second 
opportunity to comment. (78 FR 46829)

II. Second Public Meeting

    A public meeting on the SNOPR was held at the DOE Forrestal 
Building located in Washington, DC, on August 5, 2013. A second public 
meeting on the SNOPR will be held on November 15, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 
12 p.m. at the Washington Grand Hyatt, 1000 H St, NW Washington, DC, 
20001. Interested persons should send their requests to attend the 
second public meeting via email to Part810.SNOPR@nnsa.doe.gov. DOE will 
confirm its receipt of requests.
    Persons interested in giving an oral presentation at the second 
public meeting should provide a daytime phone number where the person 
can be reached in the email requesting attendance. Each oral 
presentation may be limited and may in no instance be longer than 20 
minutes. Persons making an oral presentation are requested to provide 3 
copies of their prepared statement to the public meeting and submit it 
at the registration desk. DOE reserves the right to select the persons 
who will speak. DOE also reserves the right to schedule speakers' 
presentations and to establish the procedures for conducting the 
meeting. A DOE official will be designated to preside at the meeting.
    The meeting will not be a judicial or evidentiary-type hearing. Any 
further procedural rules for the conduct of the meeting will be 
announced by the presiding official. After the public meeting, 
interested persons may submit comments until the end of the comment 
period. A transcript of the meeting will be made, and the entire record 
of this rulemaking will be retained by DOE and posted at 
regulations.gov.

III. Extension of Comment Period

    Due to the lapse in the fiscal year 2014 appropriation and 
associated impacts on government operations, the Department will extend 
the comment period to November 29, 2013. The extension will facilitate 
conducting the second public meeting and afford additional time for the 
public to review and comment on the SNOPR.
    As provided in the SNOPR, if you submit information that you 
believe to be exempt by law from public disclosure, you should submit 
one complete copy, as well as one copy from which the information 
claimed to be exempt by law from public disclosure has been deleted. 
DOE is responsible for the final determination with regard to 
disclosure or nondisclosure of the information and for treating it 
accordingly under the DOE Freedom of Information regulations at 10 CFR 
1004.11.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on October 23, 2013.
Richard Goorevich,
Senior Policy Advisor.
[FR Doc. 2013-25551 Filed 10-28-13; 8:45 am]
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