[Federal Register Volume 68, Number 85 (Friday, May 2, 2003)]
[Pages 23502-23503]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 03-10859]



Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

ACTION: Notice of pending NRC action to submit an information 
collection request to OMB and solicitation of public comment.


SUMMARY: The NRC is preparing a submittal to OMB for review of 
continued approval of information collections under the provisions of 
the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35).
    Information pertaining to the requirement to be submitted:
    1. The title of the information collection: ``Nuclear Material 
Events Database (NMED)'' for the Collection of Event Report, Response, 
Analyses, and Follow-up Data on Events Involving the Use of Atomic 
Energy Act (AEA) Radioactive Byproduct Material.
    2. Current OMB approval number: 3150-0178.
    3. How often the collection is required: In accordance with 
compatible regulatory reporting requirements under formal Agreements, 
the Agreement States are requested to submit event reports to NRC 
within one month of notification from the State's licensee that an 
incident or event has occurred, including follow-up investigative 
report information. In addition, the Agreement States are requested to 
report events, that may pose a significant health and safety hazard, to 
the NRC Headquarters Operations Officer within the next working day of 
notification by an Agreement States licensee.
    4. Who is required or asked to report: Current Agreement States and 
any State receiving Agreement State status in the future.
    5. The number of annual respondents: 32 Agreement States.
    6. The number of hours needed annually to complete the requirement 

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request: 1,240 hours (an average of approximately 2.0 hours per each 
initial and follow-up report) for all existing Agreement States 
    7. Abstract: NRC regulations require NRC licensees to report 
incidents and events involving the use of radioactive byproduct, source 
and special nuclear material, such as those involving a radiation 
overexposure, leaking or contaminated sealed source(s), release of 
excessive contamination of radioactive material, lost or stolen 
radioactive material, equipment failures, and abandoned well logging 
sources. Medical events are required to be reported in accordance with 
10 CFR 35.3045. Agreement State licensees are also required to report 
these events and medical events to their individual Agreement State 
regulatory authorities under compatible Agreement State regulations. 
NRC is requesting that the Agreement States provide information on the 
initial notification, response actions, and follow-up investigations on 
all events involving the use of nuclear materials regulated pursuant to 
the Atomic Energy Act. The event information should be provided in a 
uniform electronic format. The consolidation of both NRC and Agreement 
State incident and event information, involving the use of AEA 
radioactive materials, into one single national database provides the 
capability for assessment and trending analysis. A national database 
provides invaluable information for use in the identification of any 
facility/site specific or national generic safety concerns that could 
impact our ability to maintain public health and safety, and security. 
The identification and review of safety concerns may result in lessons 
learned, and may also identify generic issues for further study which 
could result in proposals for changes or revisions to technical or 
regulatory designs, processes, standards, guidance or requirements.
    Submit, by July 1, 2003, comments that address the following 
    1. Is the proposed collection of information necessary for the NRC 
to properly perform its functions? Does the information have practical 
    2. Is the burden estimate accurate?
    3. Is there a way to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of 
the information to be collected?
    4. How can the burden of the information collection be minimized, 
including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of 
information technology?
    A copy of the draft supporting statement may be viewed free of 
charge at the NRC Public Document Room, One White Flint North, 11555 
Rockville Pike, Room O-1F21, Rockville, Maryland 20852. OMB clearance 
requests are available at the NRC worldwide Web site: http://www.nrc.gov/public-involve/doc-comment/omb/index.html. The document 
will be available on the NRC home page site for 60 days after the 
signature date of this notice.
    Comments and questions about the information collection 
requirements may be directed to the NRC Clearance Officer, Brenda Jo 
Shelton, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, T-6 E6, Washington, DC 
20555-0001, by telephone at 301-415-7233, or by Internet electronic 
mail to infocollects@nrc.gov.

    Dated in Rockville, Maryland, this 28th day of April, 2003.

    For the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Brenda Jo Shelton,
NRC Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 03-10859 Filed 5-1-03; 8:45 am]