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AGENCY:

Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION:

Semiannual regulatory agenda.

SUMMARY:

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is publishing its semiannual regulatory agenda in accordance with Public Law 96-354, “The Regulatory Flexibility Act,” and Executive Order 12866, “Regulatory Planning and Review.” The agenda is a compilation of all rules on which the NRC has recently completed action or has proposed or is considering action. This issuance updates any action occurring on rules since publication of the last semiannual agenda on February 13, 2012 (77 FR 8078).

ADDRESSES:

Comments on any rule in the agenda may be sent to the Secretary of the Commission, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, Attention: Rulemakings and Adjudications Staff. Comments received on rules for which the comment period has closed will be considered if it is practical to do so, but assurance of consideration cannot be given except as to comments received on or before the closure dates specified in the agenda. Public comments on NRC's published rulemaking actions are available on the Federal rulemaking Web site at http://www.regulations.gov.

The agenda and comments received on rules listed in the agenda are available online at http://www.regulations.gov and for public inspection and copying, for a fee, at the NRC's Public Document Room, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Room O1-F21, Rockville, Maryland 20852-2738.

The complete Unified Agenda is available online at www.reginfo.gov, in a format that offers users a greatly enhanced ability to obtain information from the Agenda database.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

For further information concerning NRC rulemaking procedures or the status of any rule listed in this agenda, contact: Cindy Bladey, Chief, Rules, Announcements and Directives Branch, Division of Administrative Services, Office of Administration, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, telephone: 301-492-3667; email: Cindy.Bladey@nrc.gov. Persons outside the Washington, DC, metropolitan area may call, toll-free: 1-800-368-5642. For further information on the substantive content of any rule listed in the agenda, contact the individual listed under the heading “Agency Contact” for that rule.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The information contained in this semiannual publication is updated to reflect any action that has occurred on rules since publication of the last NRC semiannual agenda on February 13, 2012 (77 FR 8078). Within each group, the rules are ordered according to the Regulation Identifier Number (RIN).

The information in this agenda has been updated through October 19, 2012. The date for the next scheduled action under the heading “Timetable” is the date the rule is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register. The date is considered tentative and is not binding on the Commission or its staff. The agenda is intended to provide the public early notice and opportunity to participate in the NRC rulemaking process. However, the NRC may consider or act on any rulemaking even though it is not included in the agenda. In particular, the Commission is considering recommendations from a task force established to examine the NRC's regulatory requirements, programs, processes, and implementation in light of information from the Fukushima Daiichi site in Japan, following the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami.

The NRC agenda lists all open rulemaking actions. Four rules affect small entities.

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Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 19th day of October 2012.

For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Cindy Bladey,

Chief, Rules, Announcements and Directives Branch, Division of Administrative Services, Office of Administration.

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission—Proposed Rule Stage

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
529Revision of Fee Schedules: Fee Recovery for FY 2013 [NRC-2012-0211] (Reg Plan Seq No. 117)3150-AJ19
References in boldface appear in The Regulatory Plan in part II of this issue of the Federal Register.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission—Final Rule Stage

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
530Distribution of Source Material To Exempt Persons and General Licensees and Revision of General License and Exemptions [NRC-2009-0084]3150-AH15
531Physical Protection of Byproduct Material [NRC-2008-0120] (Reg Plan Seq No. 118)3150-AI12
References in boldface appear in The Regulatory Plan in part II of this issue of the Federal Register.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission—Long-Term Actions

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
532Controlling the Disposition of Solid Materials [NRC-1999-0002]3150-AH18
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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION (NRC)

Proposed Rule Stage

529. • Revision of Fee Schedules: Fee Recovery for FY 2013 [NRC-2012-0211]

Regulatory Plan: This entry is Seq. No. 117 in part II of this issue of the Federal Register.

RIN: 3150-AJ19

NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION (NRC)

Final Rule Stage

530. Distribution of Source Material To Exempt Persons and General Licensees and Revision of General License and Exemptions [NRC-2009-0084]

Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 2201; 42 U.S.C. 5841

Abstract: The proposed rule would amend the Commission's regulations to improve the control over the distribution of source material to exempt persons and to general licensees in order to make part 40 more risk-informed. The proposed rule also would govern the licensing of source material by adding specific requirements for licensing of and reporting by distributors of products and materials used by exempt persons and general licensees. Source material is used under general license and under various exemptions from licensing requirements in part 40 for which there is no regulatory mechanism for the Commission to obtain information to fully assess the resultant risks to public health and safety. Although estimates of resultant doses have been made, there is a need for ongoing information on the quantities and types of radioactive material distributed for exempt use and use under general license. Obtaining information on the distribution of source material is particularly difficult because many of the distributors of source material to exempt persons and generally licensed persons are not currently required to hold a license from the Commission. Distributors are often unknown to the Commission. No controls are in place to ensure that products and materials distributed are maintained within the applicable constraints of the exemptions. In addition, the amounts of source material allowed under the general license in section 40.22 could result in exposures above 1 mSv/year (100 mrem/year) to workers at facilities that are not required to meet the requirements of parts 19 and 20. Without knowledge of the identity and location of the general licensees, it would be difficult to enforce restrictions on the general licensees. This rule also would address Petition for Rulemaking, PRM-40-27 submitted by the State of Colorado and Organization of Agreement States.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM07/26/1075 FR 43425
NPRM Comment Period Extended11/18/1075 FR 70618
NPRM Comment Period End02/15/11
Final Rule01/00/13

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Gary C. Comfort, Jr., Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Office of Federal and State Materials and Environmental Management Programs, Washington, DC 20555-0001, Phone: 301 415-8106, Email: gary.comfort@nrc.gov.

RIN: 3150-AH15

531. Physical Protection of Byproduct Material [NRC-2008-0120]

Regulatory Plan: This entry is Seq. No. 118 in part II of this issue of the Federal Register.

RIN: 3150-AI12

NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION (NRC)

Long-Term Actions

532. Controlling the Disposition of Solid Materials [NRC-1999-0002]

Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 2201; 42 U.S.C. 5841

Abstract: The NRC staff provided a draft proposed rule package on Controlling the Disposition of Solid Materials to the Commission on March 31, 2005, which the Commission disapproved (ADAMS Accession Number: ML051520285). The rulemaking package included a summary of stakeholder comments (NUREG/CR-6682), Supplement 1, (ADAMS Accession Number: ML003754410). The Commission's decision was based on the fact that the Agency is currently faced with several high priority and complex tasks, that the current approach to review specific cases on an individual basis is fully protective of public health and safety, and that the immediate need for this rule has changed due to the shift in timing for reactor decommissioning. The Commission has deferred action on this rulemaking.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
ANPRMTo Be Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Solomon Sahle, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Office of Federal and State Materials and Environmental Management Programs, Washington, DC 20555-0001, Phone: 301 415-3781, Email: solomon.sahle@nrc.gov.

RIN: 3150-AH18

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