[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 213 (Monday, November 4, 2013)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 65903-65904]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-26381]



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 meetings.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has rescheduled 
the Waste Confidence public meetings it initially planned to hold in 
Perrysburg, Ohio, and Minnetonka, Minnesota, on October 15 and October 
17, 2013, respectively. The NRC postponed these meetings as a result of 
lapsed appropriations. The Waste Confidence public meeting in 
Perrysburg will now be held on December 2, 2013. The Waste Confidence 
public meeting in Minnetonka will now be held on December 4, 2013. In 
addition to these rescheduled meetings, the NRC has also scheduled an 
additional, teleconference-only public meeting on December 9, 2013, 
that is accessible from anywhere in the United States. The meetings 
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 rule. The 
meetings are open to the public, and anyone may participate. The NRC 
has now rescheduled all Waste Confidence public meetings that were 
affected by the lapse in governmental appropriations.

DATES: The NRC plans to hold a rescheduled Waste Confidence public 
meeting in Perrysburg Ohio, on December 2, 2013. The NRC plans to hold 
a rescheduled Waste Confidence public meeting in Minnetonka, Minnesota, 
on December 4, 2013. The NRC has scheduled a new public teleconference 
meeting on December 9, 2013. This document contains specific meeting 
information in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.

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 availability for the DGEIS (78 FR 56621; 78 FR 
    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 rescheduled the meeting in Oak 
Brook, Illinois, on November 12; in Carlsbad, California, on November 
18; and in San Luis Obispo, California, on November 20. 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 
December 9 meeting is a new meeting that the NRC has added to allow 
interested groups and individuals an additional opportunity to present 
oral comments.
    The December 2 public meeting will take place at the Hilton Garden 
Inn Toledo/Perrysburg, 6165 Levis Commons Boulevard, Perrysburg, Ohio. 
The December 2 meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time 
and will continue until 10:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The December 
4 public meeting will take place at the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest, 
5801 Opus Parkway, Minnetonka, Minnesota. The December 4 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 Perrysburg and Minnetonka meetings. The open houses will start 
at 6:00 p.m. local time.
    The December 9 public meeting will take place via teleconference 
only. The teleconference meeting will start at 1:00 p.m. Eastern 
Standard Time and will end at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. To 
participate in the December 9 teleconference public meeting, dial 1-
888-603-9749, and provide the operator with passcode 5132332. 
Interested groups and individuals may participate in the December 9 
teleconference public meeting from anywhere in the United States.
    The NRC staff will accept comments from the public during the 
comment-period portion of the meetings. The public meetings 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 open house 
sessions at the December 2 and December 4 meetings (the December 9 
meeting does not have an open house

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session). To be considered, oral comments must be presented during the 
transcribed portions of the public meetings. The NRC staff will also 
accept written comments at any time during the public meetings.
    Persons interested in presenting oral comments at the December 2, 
December 4, or December 9 public meetings are encouraged to pre-
register. Persons may pre-register to present oral comments at either 
meeting 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 each meeting. 
Individual oral comments may be limited by the time available, 
depending on the number of persons who register.
    If special equipment or accommodations are needed to attend or to 
present information at either 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 for each meeting 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 each meeting.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 29th day of October 2013.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Carrie M. Safford,
Deputy Director, Waste Confidence Directorate, Office of Nuclear 
Material Safety and Safeguards.
[FR Doc. 2013-26381 Filed 11-1-13; 8:45 am]