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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 July 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 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 evaluated all requests based on the criteria outlined in NEIMA and determined that meetings would be held near the following 11 nuclear power plants:

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 Meeting Summary. Watch the NEIMA Section 108 Webinar.

The NRC staff conducted a second webinar on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, to provide an opportunity for public comments for individuals located in other areas of the country or those who were unable to attend one of the 11 public meetings. View the NEIMA Section 108 Webinar Slides.

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NEIMA Community Advisory Board Questionnaire

In addition to the public meetings listed above, the NRC staff prepared a questionnaire to solicit feedback from groups, including existing CABs in the vicinity of power reactors undergoing decommissioning, similar established stakeholder groups, and local government organizations.

On September 27, 2019, a Federal Register notice was issued (84 FR 51189) requesting questionnaire responses and comments on best practices and lessons learned associated with CABs at decommissioning nuclear power reactors.  The public comment period ended on December 6, 2019 (84 FR 63686).

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