[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 183 (Wednesday, September 21, 2011)]
[Pages 58543-58544]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-24226]




Draft Policy Statement on Volume Reduction and Low-Level 
Radioactive Waste Management

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Reopening of comment period.


SUMMARY: On August 15, 2011 (76 FR 50500), the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory 
Commission (NRC) published for public comment a draft Policy Statement 
on Volume Reduction and Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management that 
updates the 1981 Policy Statement on Low-Level Waste Volume Reduction. 
The revised Policy Statement acknowledges that volume reduction 
continues to be important, but that risk-informed, performance-based 
approaches to managing waste are also needed to safely manage Low-Level 
Radioactive Waste. The public comment period closed on September 14, 
2011. The NRC has decided to reopen the comment period until October 
14, 2011, in response to a request from advocacy groups.

DATES: The comment period has been reopened and expires on October 14, 
2011. Comments received after this date will be considered if it is 
practical to do so, but the NRC is able to assure consideration only 
for comments received on or before this date.

ADDRESSES: Please include Docket ID NRC-2011-0183 in the subject line 
of your comments. For additional instructions on submitting comments 
and instructions on accessing documents related to this action, see 
``Submitting comments and Accessing Information'' in the SUPPLEMENTARY 
INFORMATION section of this document. You may submit comments by any 
one of the following methods:
    Federal Rulemaking Web Site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and 
search for documents filed under Docket ID NRC-2011-0183. Address 
questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher, telephone: 301-492-
3668; e-mail: [email protected].
    Mail comments to: Cindy Bladey, Chief, Rules, Announcements, and 
Directives Branch (RADB), Office of Administration, Mail Stop: TWB-05-
B01M, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001.
    Fax comments to: RADB at 301-492-3446.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Donald Lowman, Office of Federal and 
State Materials and Environmental Management Programs, Division of 
Waste Management and Environmental Protection, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory 
Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, telephone: 301-415-5452, e-mail: 
[email protected].


Submitting Comments and Accessing Information

    Comments submitted in writing or in electronic form will be posted 
on the NRC Web site and on the Federal rulemaking Web site, http://www.regulations.gov. Because your comments will not be edited to remove 
any identifying or contact information, the NRC cautions you against 
including any information in your submission that you do not want to be 
publicly disclosed.
    The NRC requests that any party soliciting or aggregating comments 
received from other persons for submission to the NRC inform those 
persons that the NRC will not edit their comments to remove any 
identifying or contact information, and therefore, they should not 
include any information in their comments that they do not want 
publicly disclosed.
    You can access publicly available documents related to this notice 
using the following methods:
    NRC's Public Document Room (PDR): The public may examine and have 
copied, for a fee, publicly available documents at the NRC's PDR, O1-
F21, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 
    NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS): 
Publicly available documents created or received at the NRC are 
available online in the NRC Library at http://

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www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. From this page, the public can gain 
entry into ADAMS, which provides text and image files of the NRC's 
public documents. If you do not have access to ADAMS or if there are 
problems in accessing the documents located in ADAMS, contact the NRC's 
PDR reference staff at 1-800-397-4209, 301-415-4737, or by e-mail to 
[email protected]. The draft Policy Statement is available 
electronically under ADAMS Accession Number ML112060294.
    Federal Rulemaking Web Site: Public comments and supporting 
materials related to this notice can be found at http://www.regulations.gov by searching on Docket ID NRC-2011-0183.

Reopening Comment Period

    The NRC is reopening the comment period for the draft Policy 
Statement on Volume Reduction and Low-Level Radioactive Waste 
Management in response to a combined request from Nuclear Information & 
Resource Service, HEAL UTAH, Sierra Club Nuclear Issues Action Team, 
Tennessee Sierra Club, South Carolina Sierra Club, Military Toxics 
Project, Tennessee Environmental Council, We The People, Inc. of the 
US, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, Friends of the 
Earth, SEED Coalition, Public Citizen TX, and Citizens to ENDIT--End 
Nuclear Dumping in Tennessee. The comment period will close on October 
14, 2011.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 14th day of September, 2011.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Janelle Jessie,
Acting Chief, Low-Level Waste Branch, Division of Waste Management and 
Environmental Protection, Office of Federal and State Materials and 
Environmental Management Programs.
 [FR Doc. 2011-24226 Filed 9-20-11; 8:45 am]