[Federal Register Volume 69, Number 28 (Wednesday, February 11, 2004)]
[Pages 6700-6701]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 04-2935]



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: Policy Statement for 
the ``Criteria for Guidance of States and NRC in Discontinuance of NRC 
Regulatory Authority and Assumption Thereof By States Through 
Agreement,'' Maintenance of Existing Agreement State Programs, Request 
for Information through the Integrated Materials Performance Evaluation 
Program (IMPEP) Questionnaire, and Agreement State Participation in 
    2. Current OMB approval number: 3150-0183.
    3. How often the collection is required: There are four activities 
that occur under this collection: information collection activities 
required by the IMPEP questionnaire in preparation for an IMPEP review 
conducted no less frequently than every four years; while the following 
activities are all collected on an annual basis--policy statement 
addressing requirements for new Agreement States; participation by 
Agreement States in the IMPEP reviews; and annual requirements for 
Agreement States to maintain their programs.

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    4. Who is required or asked to report: 33 Agreement States who have 
signed Section 274b Agreements with NRC.
    5. The estimated number of annual respondents: 33.
    6. The number of hours needed annually to complete the requirement 
or request: For States interested in becoming an Agreement State: 
Approximately 4,300 hours. For Agreement State participation in 11 
IMPEP reviews (9 State, 1 NRC Region and 1 Follow-up Review): 396 hours 
(an average of 36 hours per review). For maintenance of existing 
Agreement State programs: 252,000 hours (an average of approximately 
7,636 hours per State for 33 Agreement States). For Agreement State 
response to 9 IMPEP questionnaires annually: 477 hours (an average of 
53 hours per program). The total number of hours expended annually is 
257,173 hours.
    7. Abstract: States wishing to become an Agreement State are 
requested to provide certain information to the NRC as specified by the 
Commission's Policy Statement, ``Criteria for Guidance of States and 
NRC in Discontinuance of NRC Regulatory Authority and Assumption 
Thereof By States Through Agreement.'' Agreement States need to ensure 
that the Radiation Control Program under the Agreement remains adequate 
and compatible with the requirements of Section 274 of the Atomic 
Energy Act (Act) and must maintain certain information. NRC conducts 
periodic evaluations through IMPEP to ensure that these programs are 
compatible with the NRC's, meet the applicable parts of the Act, and 
are adequate to protect public health and safety.
    Submit, by April 12, 2004, 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-1 F21, Rockville, MD 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-5 F52, Washington, DC 
20555-0001, by telephone at (301) 415-7233, or by Internet electronic 
mail to infocollects@nrc.gov.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 4th day of February, 2004.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Brenda Jo Shelton,
NRC Clearance Officer Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 04-2935 Filed 2-10-04; 8:45 am]