[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 209 (Tuesday, October 29, 2013)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 64412-64413]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-25614]



10 CFR Part 51

RIN 3150-AJ20

Proposed Waste Confidence Rule and Draft Generic Environmental 
Impact Statement

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Rescheduling of public meeting.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has rescheduled 
to November 12 the Waste Confidence public meeting it initially planned 
to hold in Oak Brook, Illinois, on October 24, 2013. The NRC postponed 
this meeting as a result of lapsed appropriations. The rescheduled 
meeting will allow the NRC to receive public comments on proposed 
amendments to the NRC's regulations pertaining to the environmental 
impacts of the continued storage of spent nuclear fuel beyond a 
reactor's licensed life for operation and prior to ultimate disposal 
(the proposed Waste Confidence rule) and the draft generic 
environmental impact statement (DGEIS), NUREG-2157, ``Waste Confidence 
Generic Environmental Impact Statement,'' that forms a regulatory basis 
for the proposed amendments. The meeting is open to the public, and 
anyone may attend. The NRC will publish notices for other postponed and 
rescheduled Waste Confidence public meetings as soon as practicable.

DATES: The NRC plans to hold its rescheduled Waste Confidence public 
meeting in Oak Brook, Illinois, on November 12, 2013. This document 
contains specific meeting information in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION 

[[Page 64413]]

ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2012-0246 when contacting the 
NRC about the availability of information for the proposed Waste 
Confidence rule and DGEIS. You may access publicly available 
information related to these documents by any of the following methods:
     Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2012-0246.
     NRC's Waste Confidence Web site: Go to http://www.nrc.gov/waste/spent-fuel-storage/wcd.html.
     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 DGEIS is available in 
ADAMS under Accession No. ML13224A106.
     NRC's 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: Sarah Lopas, Office of Nuclear 
Material Safety and Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 
Washington, DC 20555-0001; telephone: 301-287-0675; email: 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The NRC published the proposed Waste 
Confidence Rule in the Federal Register on September 13, 2013 (78 FR 
56776). On the same day, the NRC and the U.S. Environmental Protection 
Agency issued notices of the availability for the DGEIS (78 FR 56621; 
78 FR 56695).
    Prior to the lapse in appropriations in October 2013, the NRC staff 
held two Waste Confidence public meetings (one in Rockville, Maryland, 
on October 1, and one in Denver, Colorado, on October 3). The NRC 
postponed five meetings (in San Luis Obispo and Carlsbad, California; 
Perrysburg, Ohio; Minnetonka, Minnesota; and Oak Brook, Illinois) as a 
result of lapsed appropriations. The NRC has rescheduled the meetings 
in Carlsbad and San Luis Obispo, California, on November 18 and 
November 20, respectively. The NRC will publish notices for rescheduled 
meetings in Perrysburg, Ohio, and Minnetonka, Minnesota, as soon as 
practicable. Five additional Waste Confidence public meetings remain 
scheduled as publicized in 78 FR 54789: Chelmsford, Massachusetts, on 
October 28; Tarrytown, New York, on October 30; Charlotte, North 
Carolina, on November 4; Orlando, Florida, on November 6; and 
Rockville, Maryland, on November 14.
    The November 12 public meeting will take place in the Oak Brook 
Ballroom of the Chicago Marriott Oak Brook, 1401 West 22nd Street, Oak 
Brook, Illinois. The meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. Central Standard 
Time and will continue until 10:00 p.m. Central Standard Time. 
Additionally, the NRC staff will host informal discussions during an 
open house one hour prior to the start of the meeting. The open house 
will start at 6:00 p.m. Central Standard Time.
    The NRC staff will receive comments from the public during the 
comment-period portion of the meeting. The public meeting will be 
transcribed and will include: (1) a presentation on the contents of the 
DGEIS and proposed Waste Confidence rule; and (2) the opportunity for 
government agencies, organizations, and individuals to provide comments 
on the DGEIS and proposed rule. No oral comments on the DGEIS or 
proposed Waste Confidence rule will be accepted during the pre-meeting, 
open-house session. To be considered, oral comments must be presented 
during the transcribed portion of the public meeting. The NRC staff 
will also accept written comments at any time during the public 
    Persons interested in presenting oral comments at the November 12 
public meeting are encouraged to pre-register. Persons may pre-register 
to present oral comments by calling 301-287-9392 or by emailing 
WCRegistration@nrc.gov no later than 3 days prior to the meeting. 
Members of the public may also register in-person to provide oral 
comments at the meeting. Individual oral comments may be limited by the 
time available, depending on the number of people who register.
    If special equipment or accommodations are needed to attend or 
present information at the public meeting, then the need should be 
brought to the NRC's attention no later than 10 days prior to the 
meeting to provide the NRC staff adequate notice to determine whether 
the request can be accommodated. The meeting agenda and participation 
details will be available on the NRC's Public Meeting Schedule Web site 
at http://www.nrc.gov/public-involve/public-meetings/index.cfm no later 
than 10 days prior to the meeting.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 22nd day of October 2013.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Keith I. McConnell,
Director, Waste Confidence Directorate, Office of Nuclear Material 
Safety and Safeguards.
[FR Doc. 2013-25614 Filed 10-28-13; 8:45 am]