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Agency Activities in Response to a Portion of the Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act

Section 108 of the Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act (NEIMA), signed into law on January 14, 2019, requires the NRC to provide a report to Congress identifying best practices for establishing and operating local community advisory boards to foster communication and information exchange between a decommissioning licensee and the local community.

The contents of this report, scheduled to be issued to Congress by June 2020, will include:

  • a description of the type of topics that could be brought before a community advisory board;
  • how the board's input could inform the decision-making process of stakeholders for various decommissioning activities;
  • how the board could interact with the NRC and other Federal regulatory bodies to promote dialogue between the licensee and affected stakeholders; and
  • how the board could offer opportunities for public engagement throughout all phases of the decommissioning process.

The report will also include a discussion of the composition of existing community advisory boards and best practices identified during the establishment and operation of such boards, including logistical considerations, frequency of meetings, and the selection of board members.

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Public Meetings

In developing a best practices report, and as required by NEIMA, the NRC plans to consult with host States, communities within the emergency planning zone of a nuclear power reactor, and existing local community advisory boards.  This consultation also includes a minimum of 10 public meetings to be held in locations that ensure geographic diversity across the United States, with priority given to States that (i) have a nuclear power reactor currently undergoing the decommissioning process; and (ii) request a public meeting under this provision of NEIMA.  At these public meetings, the public will be invited to participate by providing comments and asking questions.

On March 18, 2019, a Federal Register notice (FRN) was issued (84 FR 9841) seeking stakeholder input to inform the selection of public meeting locations. The comment period for requests for a public meeting conducted in accordance with NEIMA closed on April 17, 2019. The NRC staff has evaluated all requests based on the criteria outlined in NEIMA and has determined that meetings will be held near the following 11 nuclear power plants:

  • August 21, 2019 – Palisades (Michigan)
  • August 26, 2019 – Humboldt Bay (California)
  • August 27, 2019 – Diablo Canyon (California)
  • August 29, 2019 – San Onofre (California)
  • September 10, 2019 – Vermont Yankee (Vermont)
  • September 11, 2019 – Pilgrim (Massachusetts)
  • September 24, 2019 – Kewaunee (Wisconsin)
  • September 26, 2019 – Zion (Illinois)
  • October 2, 2019 – Indian Point (New York)
  • October 3, 2019 – Oyster Creek (New Jersey)
  • October 10, 2019 – Crystal River (Florida)

Additional details regarding each meeting, including dates and specific locations, will be published on this webpage as information becomes available.

The NRC staff conducted a webinar on Thursday, August 8, 2019, to give individuals in other areas of the country an opportunity to provide comments. View the NEIMA Section 108 Webinar Slides. View NEIMA CAB Questions.

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NEIMA Community Advisory Board Questionnaire

In addition to the public meetings listed above, the NRC staff has prepared a questionnaire to solicit feedback from groups and individuals.  Interested individuals are encouraged to complete all or part of the Nuclear Energy Innovation And Modernization Act Local Community Advisory Board Questionnaire.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Page Last Reviewed/Updated Friday, August 16, 2019