[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 16 (Monday, January 26, 2015)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 3865-3866]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-01253]

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10 CFR Parts 30, 37, 73, and 150

RIN 3150-AJ18

Safeguards Information--Modified Handling Categorization; Change 
for Materials Facilities

AGENCY: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Direct final rule; confirmation of effective date, NUREG 
issuance, and correction.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is confirming the 
effective date of January 28, 2015, for the direct final rule that was 
published in the Federal Register on September 30, 2014, which amended 
the NRC's regulations by removing the Safeguards Information--Modified 
Handling (SGI-M) designation for certain security-related information. 
The NRC is also announcing the availability of implementation guidance 
for the direct final rule, and correcting the ``Compatibility Table for 
Direct Final Rule'' appearing in Section V, ``Compatibility of 
Agreement State Regulations,'' of the direct final rule.

DATES: Effective date: The effective date of January 28, 2015, for the 
direct final rule published September 30, 2014 (79 FR 58664), is 
confirmed. The correction of the ``Compatibility Table for Direct Final 
Rule'' is effective January 26, 2015.

ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2012-0140 when contacting the 
NRC about the availability of information for this action. You may 
obtain publicly-available information related to this action by any of 
the following methods:
     Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2012-0140. Address 
questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301-287-
3422; email: [email protected]. For technical questions, contact 
the individual listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of 
this document.
     NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System 
(ADAMS): You may obtain publicly-available documents online in the 
ADAMS Public Documents collection 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 [email protected].
     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: Vanessa Cox, Office of Nuclear 
Material Safety and Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 
Washington, DC 20555-0001; telephone: 301-415-8342, email: 
[email protected] and Michelle Killian, Office of Nuclear Material 
Safety and Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, 
DC 20555-0001; telephone: 301-415-6711, email: 
[email protected].


I. Confirmation of Effective Date

    On September 30, 2014 (79 FR 58664), the NRC published a direct 
final rule amending its regulations in parts 30, 37, 73, and 150 of 
Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR) by removing the 
SGI-M designation of the security-related information for large 
irradiators, manufacturer and distributors, and for transport of 
category 1 quantities of radioactive material. The direct final rule 
also removed the SGI-M designation of the security-related information 
for the transportation of irradiated reactor fuel that weighs 100 grams 
or less in net weight of irradiated fuel. The security-related 
information for these facilities and the transportation of certain 
materials will no longer be designated as SGI-M and will be protected 
under the information protection requirements that apply to other 
materials licensees that possess category 1 and category 2 quantities 
of radioactive material.
    In the direct final rule, the NRC stated that if no significant 
adverse comments were received, the direct final rule would become 
effective on January 28, 2015. The NRC received one public comment from 
an anonymous commenter (ADAMS Accession No. ML14302A494) on the 
companion proposed rule. The commenter stated that the rule should be 
amended because it will require an additional information protection 
requirement on the product. The commenter also stated that the 
additional requirement would be needed so that the information relating 
to the product ``would not get leaked.'' The NRC staff reviewed this 
comment and concluded that this comment is not a significant adverse 
comment as defined in NUREG-BR-0053, Revision 6, ``United States 
Nuclear Regulatory Commission Regulations Handbook'' (ADAMS Accession 
No. ML052720461), because the comment does not present a reason or 
issue that warrants a substantive response. The comment does not aid 
the NRC's understanding of any concern with the NRC's decision to 
remove the SGI-M designations from some categories of information. 
Information that merits protection now falls within the information 
protection provisions of 10 CFR part 37. Therefore, this direct final 
rule will become effective as scheduled.

II. Availability of Guidance

    The NRC is issuing revised NUREG-2155 (Rev 1), ``Implementation 
Guidance of 10 CFR part 37, `Physical Protection of Category 1 and 
Category 2 Quantities of Radioactive Material,' '' to conform the 
guidance to the direct final rule by removing references to the SGI-M 
designation and to make minor editorial changes and updates. The 
guidance is available in ADAMS under Accession No. ML15016A172.

III. Direct Final Rule; Correction

    In the Federal Register (FR) on September 30, 2014, in FR Doc. 
2014-23256, on page 58669, the following corrections are made to the 
table entitled, ``Compatibility Table for Direct Final Rule:''
    1. In the column entitled, ``Existing,'' in the seventh row, 
correct the

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compatibility category ``NRC'' for Sec.  37.43(d)(1) to read ``C''.
    2. In the column entitled, ``New,'' in the seventh row, add 
compatibility category ``C'' for Sec.  37.43(d)(1).
    These minor and administrative changes correct an error in the 
original document and do not change the substantive responsibilities of 
any person or entity regulated by the NRC.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 20th day of January 2015.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Cindy Bladey,
Chief, Rules, Announcements, and Directives Branch, Division of 
Administrative Services, Office of Administration.
[FR Doc. 2015-01253 Filed 1-23-15; 8:45 am]