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NRC Rules and Petitions

  • The information on this page is not intended to and does not commit the NRC to specific conclusions or actions. The NRC may, after further analysis, decide to change the priority of a rulemaking activity or to discontinue a rulemaking activity. Estimated dates for future rulemaking projects are subject to change. Note that the priority for a given rulemaking activity does not dictate the schedule for completing the rulemaking. For example, a rulemaking activity classified as "High" priority does not denote a rulemaking that begins immediately or is completed quickly; there are many other factors that affect a rulemaking schedule.

This Web page includes the priority and estimated schedule for each planned rulemaking activity. Also listed are petitions for rulemaking that are under review.

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Planned Rulemaking Activities

We have developed a new rulemaking tracking and reporting system that provides real-time information on NRC rules and petitions for rulemaking. The rule and petition information is updated every two weeks. To access information on the agency's rules, see "Rules" below. To access information on petitions for rulemaking before the agency, see "Petitions for Rulemaking" below. Every two weeks a change report is posted that highlights significant changes since the last rulemaking and petition report.

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Common Prioritization of Rulemaking Methodology

Our basic prioritization process considers four factors and assigns a score to each factor.

Factor A includes rulemaking activities that support our Strategic Plan goals of ensuring the safe and secure use of radioactive materials. Factor A is scored between 0 and 20.

Factor B includes rulemaking activities that support our Principles of Good Regulation, independence, openness, efficiency, clarity, and reliability in the conduct of regulatory activities. Factor B is scored between 0 and 10.

Factor C is a governmental factor representing the relative interest of the NRC, Congress, or other governmental bodies in the rulemaking activity. Factor C is scored between 0 and 10. Factor D is an external factor representing the relative interest in the rulemaking activity to members of the public, non-governmental organizations, the nuclear industry, vendors, and suppliers. Factor D is scored between 0 and 5.

The scores of the four factors are added together to determine the rulemaking priority. A high-priority rulemaking activity scores between 31-45, a medium-priority rulemaking activity scores between 16-30, and a low-priority rulemaking activity scores between 0-15.

Please see the complete CPR methodology for more information about how we prioritize rulemaking activities.

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Additional Information

The following documents and links provide additional information about our rulemaking activities.

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Where to Address Your Inquiries

Address your inquires to —

Cindy Bladey, Chief
Regulatory Analysis and Rulemaking Support Branch
Division of Rulemaking, Environmental, and Financial Support
Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

… or call toll free 800-368-5642 to be connected to the Regulatory Analysis and Rulemaking Support Branch

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Page Last Reviewed/Updated Thursday, July 30, 2020