[Federal Register Volume 69, Number 48 (Thursday, March 11, 2004)]
[Pages 11668-11669]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 04-5434]



Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request

AGENCY: U.S. 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: NRC Forms 540 and 540A, 
``Uniform Low-Level Radioactive Waste Manifest (Shipping Paper) and 
Continuation Page;'' NRC Forms 541 and 541A, ``Uniform Low-Level 
Radioactive Waste Manifest, Container and Waste Description, and 
Continuation Page;'' NRC Forms 542 and 542A, ``Uniform Low-Level 
Radioactive Waste Manifest, Index and Regional Compact Tabulation.''
    2. Current OMB approval number: 3150-0164 for NRC Forms 540 and 
540A; 3150-0166 for NRC Forms 541 and 541A; and 3150-0165 for NRC Forms 
542 and 542A.
    3. How often the collection is required: Forms are used by shippers 
whenever radioactive waste is shipped. Quarterly or less frequent 
reporting is made to NRC depending on specific license conditions.
    4. Who is required or asked to report: All NRC-licensed low-level 
waste facilities. All generators, collectors, and processors of low-
level waste intended for disposal at a low-level waste facility must 
complete the appropriate forms.
    5. The number of annual respondents:
    NRC Forms 540 and 540A: 2,500 licensees.
    NRC Forms 541 and 541A: 2,500 licensees.
    NRC Forms 542 and 542A: 22 licensees.
    6. The number of hours needed annually to complete the requirement 
or request:
    NRC Forms 540 and 540A: 10,050 (.75 hours per response).
    NRC Forms 541 and 541A: 44,341 (3.3 hours per response).
    NRC Forms 542 and 542A: 567 (.75 hours per response).
    7. Abstract: NRC Forms 540, 541, and 542, together with their 
continuation pages, designated by the ``A'' suffix, provide a set of 
standardized forms to meet Department of Transportation (DOT), NRC, and 
State requirements. The forms were developed by NRC at the request of 
low-level waste industry groups. The forms provide uniformity and 
efficiency in the collection of information contained in manifests 
which are required to control transfers of low-level radioactive waste 
intended for disposal at a land disposal facility. NRC Form 540 
contains information needed to satisfy DOT shipping paper requirements 
in 49 CFR part 172 and the waste tracking requirements of NRC in 10 CFR 
part 20. NRC Form 541 contains information needed by disposal site 
facilities to safely dispose of low-level waste and information to meet 
NRC and State requirements regulating these activities. NRC Form 542, 
completed by waste collectors or processors, contains information which 
facilitates tracking the identity of the waste generator. That tracking 
becomes more complicated when the waste forms, dimensions, or 
packagings are changed by the waste processor. Each container of waste 
shipped from a waste processor may contain waste from several different 
generators. The information provided on NRC Form 542 permits the States 
and Compacts to know the original generators of low-level waste, as 
authorized by the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Policy Amendments Act of 
1985, so they can ensure that waste is disposed of in the appropriate 
    Submit, by May 10, 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

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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 [email protected].

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 5th day of March 2004.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Brenda Jo. Shelton,
NRC Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 04-5434 Filed 3-10-04; 8:45 am]