NRC Regulatory Agenda: Semiannual Report, July – December 2003 (NUREG-0936, Volume 22, Number 2)
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Manuscript Completed: January 2004
Date Published: January 2004
Division of Administrative Services
Office of Administration
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001
The Regulatory Agenda is a semiannual compilation of all rules on which the NRC has recently completed action, or has proposed action, or is considering action, and of all petitions for rulemaking that the NRC has received that are pending disposition.
Organization of the Agenda
The agenda consists of two sections that have been updated through December 31, 2003. Section I, "Rules," includes (A) rules on which final action has been taken since June 30, 2003, the closing date of the last NRC Regulatory Agenda; (B) rules published previously as proposed rules on which the Commission has not taken final action; (C) rules published as advance notices of proposed rulemaking for which neither a proposed nor final rule has been issued; and (D) unpublished rules on which the NRC expects to take action.
Section II, "Petitions for Rulemaking," includes (A) petitions denied or incorporated into final rules since June 30, 2003; (B) petitions incorporated into published proposed rules; (C) petitions incorporated into unpublished rules; and (D) petitions pending staff review.
In Section I of the agenda, the rules are aligned numerically with the parts of Title 10, Chapter I, of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)(Title 10). If more than one rule appears under the same part, the rules are arranged within that part by date of most recent publication. If a rule amends multiple parts, the rule is listed under the lowest numbered affected part. In Section II of the agenda, the petitions are aligned numerically with the parts of Title 10 and are identified with a petition for rulemaking (PRM) number. If more than one petition appears under the same CFR part, the petitions are arranged by PRM numbers in consecutive order within that part of Title 10.
A Regulation Identifier Number (RIN) has been added to each rulemaking agenda entry to make it easier for the public and agency officials to track the publication history of regulatory actions. The dates listed under the heading “Timetable” for scheduled action by the Commission, the Executive Director for Operations (EDO), or the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) on particular rules or petitions are considered tentative and are not binding on the Commission or its staff. They are included for planning purposes only. This Regulatory Agenda is published to provide the public early notice and opportunity to participate in the rulemaking process. However, the NRC may consider or act on any rulemaking proceeding even if it is not included in this Regulatory Agenda. Conversely, the inclusion in this Regulatory Agenda of unpublished rules on which the NRC is considering action does not commit the NRC to publishing the rule for public comment in the Federal Register.
Rulemakings Approved by the Executive Director for Operations
The EDO initiated a procedure for the review of the regulations being prepared by staff offices that report to him to ensure that staff resources were being allocated to achieve NRC's regulatory priorities most effectively. This procedure requires EDO approval before staff resources may be expended on the development of any new rulemaking.
Those unpublished rules whose further development has been terminated will be noted in this edition of the agenda and deleted from subsequent editions. Rules whose termination was directed subsequent to publication of a notice of proposed rulemaking or an advance notice of proposed rulemaking will be removed from the agenda after publication of a notice of withdrawal in the Federal Register. Rules and PRMs that appear in the agenda for the first time are identified by an asterisk (*).
Public Participation in Rulemaking
Comments on any rule in the agenda may be sent to the Secretary of the Commission, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Attention: Rulemakings and Adjudications Staff, Washington, DC 20555-0001.
Comments may also be hand delivered to One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m., Federal workdays. 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.
You may also provide comments via the NRC's interactive rulemaking website (http://www.regulations.gov). This site provides the capability to upload comments as files (any format), if your web browser supports that function. For information about the interactive rulemaking website, contact Ms. Carol Gallagher, 301-415-5905 (e-mail: Carrol.Gallagher@nrc.gov).
The agenda and any comments received on any rule listed in the agenda are available for public inspection, and copying for a fee, at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Public Document Room, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Public File Area 01-F21, Rockville, MD, between 7:45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m., Federal workdays.
Additional Rulemaking Information
For further information concerning NRC rulemaking procedures or the status of any rule listed in this agenda, contact Doris Mendiola, Rules and Directives Branch, Office of Administration, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, telephone 301-415-6297 (persons outside the Washington, DC, metropolitan area may call toll-free: 800-368-5642), or e-mail Doris.Mendiola@nrc.gov. 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.