[Federal Register Volume 69, Number 82 (Wednesday, April 28, 2004)]
[Pages 23228-23229]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E4-957]



Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

ACTION: Notice of the OMB review of information collection and 
solicitation of public comment.


SUMMARY: The NRC has recently submitted to OMB for review the following 
proposal for the collection of information under the provisions of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35). The NRC hereby 
informs potential respondents that an agency may not conduct or 
sponsor, and that a person is not required to respond to, a collection 
of information unless it

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displays a currently valid OMB control number.
    Information pertaining to the requirement to be submitted:
    1. Type of submission, new, revision, of extension: Revision.
    2. 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 
    3. The form number if applicable: Not applicable.
    4. 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.
    5. Who will be required or asked to report: 33 Agreement States who 
have signed Section 274b Agreements with NRC.
    6. An estimate of the number of annual responses: For States 
interested in becoming an Agreement State: approximately one State per 
year. For Agreement State participation in IMPEP reviews: 11 (9 State, 
1 NRC Region and 1 Follow-up Review per year). For maintenance of 
existing Agreement State programs: 33 States. For Agreement State 
response to IMPEP questionnaires: 9 States. The total number of annual 
responses is 54.
    7. The estimated number of annual respondents: 33.
    8. 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.
    9. An indication of whether section 3507(d), Pub. L. 104-13 
applies: Not applicable.
    10. 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.
    A copy of the final 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, Maryland 20852. OMB clearance 
requests are available at the NRC World Wide 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 should be directed to the OMB reviewer 
listed below by May 28, 2004. Comments received after this date will be 
considered if it is practical to do so, but assurance of consideration 
cannot be given to comments received after this date. OMB Desk Officer, 
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (3150-0183), NEOB-10202, 
Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC 20503.
    Comments can also be submitted by telephone at (202) 395-3087.
    The NRC Clearance Officer is Brenda Jo. Shelton, (301) 415-7233.

    Dated in Rockville, Maryland, this 22nd day of April, 2004.
    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Brenda Jo. Shelton,
NRC Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
 [FR Doc. E4-957 Filed 4-27-04; 8:45 am]