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Advisory Committee on Nuclear Waste; Notice of Meeting

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The Advisory Committee on Nuclear Waste (ACNW) will hold its 141st meeting on April 22-23, 2003, 11545 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland.

The entire meeting will be open to public attendance.

The schedule for this meeting is as follows:

Tuesday, April 22, 2003

10 a.m.-10:40 a.m.: Opening Statement (Open)—The Chairman will open the meeting with brief opening remarks, outline the topics to be discussed, and indicate several items of interest.

10:40 a.m.-12 Noon: One Step at a Time: The Staged Development of Geologic Repositories for High-Level Radioactive Waste (Open)—The Committee will hear presentations by and hold discussions with representatives of the National Academy of Sciences on their recent report on staged development of a proposed HLW repository at Yucca Mountain, NV. Start Printed Page 17415

1 p.m.-5:15 p.m.: Transportation Working Group Follow-On Session: State of Nevada Technical Concerns with the Transporation of Spent Fuel and High-Level Waste (Open)—The Committee will hear presentations by and hold discussions with representatives from the State of Nevada regarding the review of Yucca Mountain Systems Issues related to Transportation Safety and Fuel Scale Testing issues including an Assessment of NUREG-1768.

5:15 p.m.-5:30 p.m.: Committee Discussion (Open)—The Committee will further discuss today's topics.

5:45 p.m.-7 p.m.: Preparation of ACNW Reports (Open)—The Committee will discuss the report of March 2003 Working Group Meeting on NRC and DOE Performance Assessments: Assumptions and Differences, and the State of Nevada Technical Concerns with the Transporation of Spent Fuel and HLW.

Wednesday, April 23, 2003

8:30 a.m.-8:35 a.m.: Opening Statement (Open)—The Chairman will make opening remarks regarding the conduct of today's sessions.

8:35 a.m.-9:30 a.m.: Update on NRC Division of Waste Management Activities (Open)—The Committee will hear presentations by and hold discussions with the Director, Division of Waste Management on recent DWM activities of interest.

9:30 a.m.-12 Noon: DOE/NRC Key Technical Issue (KTI) Agreement Status (Open)—The Committee will hear presentations by and hold discussions with representatives of DOE and the NRC staff on the closure status of KTIs.

1 p.m.-2 p.m.: Discussion of Self-Assessment Survey Results (Open)—The Committee will discussion the results of the self-assessment survey.

2 p.m.-3 p.m.: ACNW Action Plan (Open)—The Committee members will discuss an update to the ACNW 2002-2003 Action Plan.

3:15 p.m.-6:30 p.m.: Preparation of ACNW Reports (Open)—The Committee will discuss proposed ACNW reports on matters considered during this meeting.

6:30 p.m.-6:45 p.m.: Miscellaneous (Open)—The Committee will discuss matters related to the conduct of Committee activities and matters and specific issues that were not completed during previous meetings, as time and availability of information permit.

Procedures for the conduct of and participation in ACNW meetings were published in the Federal Register on October 11, 2002 (67 FR 63459). In accordance with these procedures, oral or written statements may be presented by members of the public. Electronic recordings will be permitted only during those portions of the meeting that are open to the public. Persons desiring to make oral statements should notify Mr. Howard J. Larson, ACNW (Telephone 301/415-6805), between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET, as far in advance as practicable so that appropriate arrangements can be made to schedule the necessary time during the meeting for such statements. Use of still, motion picture, and television cameras during this meeting will be limited to selected portions of the meeting as determined by the ACNW Chairman. Information regarding the time to be set aside for taking pictures may be obtained by contacting the ACNW office, prior to the meeting. In view of the possibility that the schedule for ACNW meetings may be adjusted by the Chairman as necessary to facilitate the conduct of the meeting, persons planning to attend should notify Mr. Howard J. Larson as to their particular needs.

Further information regarding topics to be discussed, whether the meeting has been canceled or rescheduled, the Chairman's ruling on requests for the opportunity to present oral statements and the time allotted therefore can be obtained by contacting Mr. Howard J. Larson.

ACNW meeting agenda, meeting transcripts, and letter reports are available through the NRC Public Document Room at, or by calling the PDR at 1-800-397-4209, or from the Publicly Available Records System (PARS) component of NRC's document system (ADAMS) which is accessible from the NRC Web site at​reading-rm/​adams.html or​reading-rm/​doc-collections/​(ACRS & ACNW Mtg schedules/agendas).

Videoteleconferencing service is available for observing open sessions of ACNW meetings. Those wishing to use this service for observing ACNW meetings should contact Mr. Theron Brown, ACNW Audiovisual Technician (301/415-8066), between 7:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. ET, at least 10 days before the meeting to ensure the availability of this service. Individuals or organizations requesting this service will be responsible for telephone line charges and for providing the equipment and facilities that they use to establish the videoteleconferencing link. The availability of videoteleconferencing services is not guaranteed.

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Dated: April 3, 2003.

Andrew L. Bates,

Advisory Committee Management Officer.

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[FR Doc. 03-8626 Filed 4-8-03; 8:45 am]