NRC Regulatory Agenda: Semiannual Report, July – December 2008 (NUREG-0936, Volume 27, Number 2)
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Date Published: April 2009
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U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Regulatory Agenda is a semiannual compilation of the agency’s recent rulemaking activities. It contains a summary and the status for each ongoing rulemaking and petition for rulemaking received by the agency.
Organization of the Agenda
The agenda consists of two sections that have been updated through December 31, 2008. Section I, "Rules," includes (A) rules on which final action has been taken since June 30, 2008, 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as advance notices of proposed rulemaking for which neither a proposed nor final rule has been issued; and (D) unpublished rules on which the NRC expects to take action.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) final actions on petitions for rulemaking since June 30, 2008; and (B) 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.
Organization of Agenda Entries
Each rulemaking agenda entry has a Regulation Identifier Number (RIN) and a Docket ID. The RIN number allows the public to track the publication history of a regulatory action in the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, compiled by the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. The Unified Agenda, published every spring and fall, provides uniform reporting of data on regulatory and deregulatory activities under development throughout the Federal Government.
The Docket ID allows the public to access significant documents and public comments on the rulemaking activity at the website http://www.Regulations.gov, the public face of the Federal E-Government eRulemaking Program. This site facilitates public participation in the Federal regulatory process by improving the public's ability to find, view, and comment on Federal 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 with early notice and an 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.
The agency examines rules in process and under consideration on an annual basis to determine the allocation of staff resources necessary to achieve NRC's regulatory priorities most effectively. Any unpublished rule whose termination is directed prior to publication of a notice of proposed rulemaking or an advance notice of proposed rulemaking, including those that were intended to address raised in a petition for rulemaking, will be noted in this edition of the agenda and deleted from subsequent editions. Any rule whose termination is 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 petitions for rulemaking 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 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 Federal eRulemaking Portal (http://www.regulations.gov) by following instructions for submitting comments. For information on NRC Rulemaking dockets contact Ms. Carol Gallagher, 301-492-3668 (e-mail: Carrol.Gallagher@nrc.gov). You may e-mail comments to: Rulemaking.Comments@nrc.gov. If you do not receive a reply e-mail confirming that we have received your comments, contact us directly at 301-415-1677. 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.
Public comments received on any rule listed in the agenda are on the Federal eRulemaking Portal (http://www.regulations.gov). The agenda and any rulemaking comments are also 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 O1-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, Rulemaking and Directives Branch, Office of
Administration, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, telephone
301-492-3665 (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.