[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 72 (Monday, April 15, 2013)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 22209]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-08752]



10 CFR Part 26

[Docket No. PRM-26-8; NRC-2012-0290]

Additional Synthetic Drug Testing

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Petition for Rulemaking; consideration in the rulemaking 


SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will consider the 
issues raised in a petition for rulemaking (PRM), PRM-26-8, submitted 
by Mr. Thomas King (the petitioner) in the NRC's rulemaking process. 
The petitioner requested that the NRC amend its Fitness for Duty 
program regulations to amend drug testing requirements to test for 
additional synthetic drugs currently not included in the regulations. 
The NRC determined that the issues raised in the PRM are appropriate 
for consideration in an ongoing rulemaking on Drug and Alcohol Testing. 
The NRC is not instituting a public comment period at this time.

DATES: The docket for the petition for rulemaking, PRM-26-8, is closed 
on April 15, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Further NRC action on the issues raised by this petition can 
be found on the Federal rulemaking Web site at http://www.regulations.gov by searching on Docket ID NRC-2012-0079, which is 
the rulemaking docket for the Part 26 Drug and Alcohol Testing; 
Technical Issues and Editorial Changes rulemaking.
    You can access publicly available documents related to the 
petition, which the NRC possesses and are publicly available, using any 
of the following methods:
     Federal Rulemaking Web site. Supporting materials related 
to this petition can be found at http://www.regulations.gov by 
searching on the petition Docket ID NRC-2012-0290 or the Part 26 Drug 
and Alcohol Testing; Technical Issues and Editorial Changes rulemaking 
Docket ID NRC-2012-0079. Address questions about NRC dockets to Carol 
Gallagher; telephone: 301-492-3668; email: Carol.Gallagher@nrc.gov.
     NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System 
(ADAMS): You may access publicly available documents online in the NRC 
Library at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. To begin the 
search, select ``ADAMS Public Documents'' and then select ``Begin Web-
based ADAMS Search.'' For problems with ADAMS, please contact the NRC's 
Public Document Room (PDR) reference staff at 1-800-397-4209, 301-415-
4737, or by email to pdr.resource@nrc.gov. The petition for rulemaking 
is available in ADAMS under Accession Number ML12332A137.
     NRC's Public Document Room (PDR): You may examine and 
purchase copies of public documents at the NRC's PDR, Room O1-F21, One 
White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Scott Sloan, Office of Nuclear Reactor 
Regulation, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555; 
telephone: 301-415-1619; email: Scott.Sloan@nrc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On October 3, 2012, the NRC received a PRM 
filed by Thomas King requesting the NRC take immediate action to 
address and curtail the use of new synthetic drugs at nuclear power 
plants. The NRC requirements in Part 26 of Title 10 of the Code of 
Federal Regulations (10 CFR), ``Fitness for Duty Program,'' already 
enable licensees and other affected entities to add other drugs that 
are scheduled in the Controlled Substances Act to the panel of 
substances tested pursuant to 10 CFR 26.31(d)(1)(i). However, the NRC 
has determined that the broader issue of synthetic drug use raised by 
the petitioner is appropriate for consideration and will address it in 
the ongoing 10 CFR part 26 Drug and Alcohol Testing; Technical Issues 
and Editorial Changes rulemaking. Therefore, the NRC is not instituting 
an opportunity for public comment at this time. Stakeholders will have 
an opportunity to comment on the proposed rule associated with 10 CFR 
part 26 Drug and Alcohol Testing; Technical Issues and Editorial 
    You can monitor NRC action on the issues raised by this petition by 
searching on the rulemaking Docket ID NRC-2012-0079 on the Federal 
rulemaking Web site. This site allows you to receive alerts when 
changes or additions occur in a docket folder. To subscribe: (1) 
Navigate to the docket folder (NRC-2012-0079; Part 26 Drug and Alcohol 
Testing; Technical Issues and Editorial Changes rulemaking); (2) click 
the ``Email Alert'' link; and (3) enter your email address and select 
how frequently you would like to receive emails (daily, weekly, or 
    The Docket for the petition, PRM-26-8, is closed.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 4th day of April 2013.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
R.W. Borchardt,
Executive Director for Operations.
[FR Doc. 2013-08752 Filed 4-12-13; 8:45 am]