[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 67 (Friday, April 8, 2005)]
[Page 18056]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E5-1616]



Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request

AGENCY: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

ACTION: Notice of pending NRC action to submit an information 
collection request to OMB and solicitation of public comment.


SUMMARY: The NRC is preparing a submittal to OMB for review of 
continued approval of information collections under the provisions of 
the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35).
    Information pertaining to the requirement to be submitted:
    1. The title of the information collection: Notice of Enforcement 
Discretion (NOEDs) for Operating Power Reactors and Gaseous Diffusion 
Plants (GDP).
    2. Current OMB approval number: 3150-0136.
    3. How often the collection is required: On occasion.
    4. Who is required or asked to report: Nuclear power reactor 
licensees and gaseous diffusion plant certificate holders.
    5. The number of annual respondents: 11.
    6. The number of hours needed annually to complete the requirement 
or request: 1,991 hours (1810 reporting [121 hours per response] and 
181 recordkeeping [16.45 hours per recordkeeper]).
    7. Abstract: The NRC's Enforcement Policy addresses circumstances 
in which the NRC may exercise enforcement discretion. A specific type 
of enforcement discretion is designated as a Notice of Enforcement 
Discretion (NOED) and relates to circumstances which may arise where a 
nuclear power plant licensee's compliance with a Technical 
Specification Limiting Condition for Operation or with other license 
conditions would involve an unnecessary plant transient or shutdown, or 
performance of testing, inspection, or system realignment that is 
inappropriate for the specific plant conditions, or unnecessary delays 
in plant startup without a corresponding health and safety benefit. 
Similarly, for a gaseous diffusion plant, circumstances may arise where 
compliance with a Technical Safety Requirement or other condition would 
unnecessarily call for a total plant shutdown, or, notwithstanding that 
a safety, safeguards or security feature was degraded or inoperable, 
compliance would unnecessarily place the plant in a transient or 
condition where those features could be required. A licensee or 
certificate holder seeking the issuance of an NOED must provide a 
written justification, in accordance with guidance provided in NRC 
Inspection Manual, Part 9900, which documents the safety basis for the 
request and provides whatever other information the NRC staff deems 
necessary to decide whether or not to exercise discretion.
    Submit, by June 7, 2005, comments that address the following 
    1. Is the proposed collection of information necessary for the NRC 
to properly perform its functions? Does the information have practical 
    2. Is the burden estimate accurate?
    3. Is there a way to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of 
the information to be collected?
    4. How can the burden of the information collection be minimized, 
including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of 
information technology?
    A copy of the draft supporting statement may be viewed free of 
charge at the NRC Public Document Room, One White Flint North, 11555 
Rockville Pike, Room O-1 F21, Rockville, MD 20852. OMB clearance 
requests are available at the NRC worldwide Web site: http://www.nrc.gov/public-involve/doc-comment/omb/index.html. The document 
will be available on the NRC home page site for 60 days after the 
signature date of this notice.
    Comments and questions about the information collection 
requirements may be directed to the NRC Clearance Officer, Brenda Jo. 
Shelton (T-5 F53), U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 
20555-0001, by telephone at (301) 415-7233, or by Internet electronic 
mail to [email protected].

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 4th day of April 2005.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Brenda Jo. Shelton,
 NRC Clearance Officer, Office of Information Services.
[FR Doc. E5-1616 Filed 4-7-05; 8:45 am]