[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 68 (Wednesday, April 9, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 19662-19663]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-07928]


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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[NRC-2014-0069]


Regulatory Guide 3.28, Welder Qualification for Welding in Areas 
of Limited Accessibility in Fuel Reprocessing Plants and in Plutonium 
Processing and Fuel Fabrication Plants

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Regulatory guide; withdrawal.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is withdrawing 
Regulatory Guide 3.28, ``Welder Qualification for Welding in Areas of 
Limited Accessibility in Fuel Reprocessing Plants and in Plutonium 
Processing and Fuel Fabrication Plants.'' This guide is being withdrawn 
because more recently updated guidance is provided in RG 1.71, Rev. 1, 
``Welder Qualification for Areas of Limited Accessibility,'' which was 
updated in March 2007.

ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2014-0069 when contacting the 
NRC about the availability of information regarding this document. You 
may access publicly-available information related to this action by the 
following methods:

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     Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2014-0069. Address 
questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301-287-
3422; email: Carol.Gallagher@nrc.gov. For technical questions, contact 
the individual(s) listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section 
of this document.
     NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System 
(ADAMS): You may access publicly available documents online in the 
ADAMS Public Documents collection 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 bases document for the withdrawal of 
RG 3.28 is available in ADAMS under Accession No. ML13274A526.
     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, MD 20852.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jose Cuadrado, Office of Nuclear 
Material Safety and Safeguards, telephone: 301-287-9127, email: 
Jose.Cuadrado@nrc.gov; or Jazel Parks, Office of Nuclear Regulatory 
Research, telephone: 301-251-7690, email: Jazel.Parks@nrc.gov, U.S. 
Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:

I. Introduction

    The NRC is withdrawing Regulatory Guide (RG) 3.28, ``Welder 
Qualification for Welding in Areas of Limited Accessibility in Fuel 
Reprocessing Plants and in Plutonium Processing and Fuel Fabrication 
Plants,'' which was published in May 1975 (ADAMS Accession No. 
ML003739371). RG 3.28 provides guidance on methods acceptable to the 
NRC for meeting quality assurance (QA) requirements for welding nuclear 
components for fuel reprocessing plants and for plutonium processing 
and fuel fabrication plants in areas of limited accessibility. RG 3.28 
is being withdrawn because the guidance it provides is duplicated in RG 
1.71, Rev. 1, ``Welder Qualification for Areas of Limited 
Accessibility,'' which was updated in March 2007 (ADAMS Accession No. 
ML070320476).

II. Further Information

    The withdrawal of RG 3.28 does not alter any prior or existing 
licensing commitments based on its use. Regulatory guides may be 
withdrawn when their guidance no longer provides useful information, or 
is superseded by technological innovations, Congressional actions, or 
other events.
    Regulatory guides are revised for a variety of reasons and the 
withdrawal of a regulatory guide should be thought of as the final 
revision of the guide. Although a regulatory guide is withdrawn, 
current licensees may continue to use it, and withdrawal does not 
affect any existing licenses or agreements. Withdrawal of a guide means 
that the guide should not be used for future NRC licensing activities. 
Changes to existing licenses can be accomplished using other regulatory 
products.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 28th day of March 2014.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Thomas H. Boyce,
Branch Chief, Regulatory Guidance and Generic Issues Branch, Division 
of Engineering, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research.
[FR Doc. 2014-07928 Filed 4-8-14; 8:45 am]
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