[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 57 (Tuesday, March 25, 2014)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 16238-16239]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-06547]


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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 re-opening of the comment period.

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SUMMARY: On August 2, 2013, DOE published a supplemental notice of 
proposed rulemaking (SNOPR) concerning its regulations governing 
Assistance to Foreign Atomic Energy Activities. The comment period on 
the SNOPR was originally to close on October 31, 2013, but was extended 
until November 30, 2013. By this notice, DOE is re-opening the comment 
period on the SNOPR. The comment period will close on April 2, 2014. 
The re-opening of the comment period will provide for additional time 
for the public to review and comment on the proposed regulation and 
other comments received. The Department looks forward to hearing 
feedback from the public on the proposed regulations.

DATES: The supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking published August 
2, 2013 (78 FR 46829), is reopened. DOE will accept written comments 
submitted electronically or postmarked on or before April 2, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons may submit comments 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

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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. 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). The comment period on the SNOPR 
was originally to close on October 31, 2013, but was extended until 
November 30, 2013. By this notice, DOE is reopening the comment period 
on the SNOPR. The comment period will close on April 2, 2014.

II. Extension of Comment Period

    Due to the nature of the comments received, including a 
recommendation to withdraw the SNOPR, the Department has determined to 
re-open the comment period to April 2, 2014, as a means to afford 
additional time for the public to review and comment on the SNOPR and 
comments of other parties. Any comment received between November 30, 
2013 and the publication of today's notice will be deemed timely, 
filed, and considered to be part of the record and will be considered 
together with all comments submitted within the re-opened comment 
period.
    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 March 18, 2014.
Richard Goorevich,
Senior Policy Advisor.
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