[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 94 (Monday, May 18, 2009)]
[Pages 23221-23222]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-11036]



Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response


Interim Staff Guidance: Emergency Planning for Nuclear Power 
Plants; Solicitation of Public Comment

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

ACTION: Announcement of issuance for public comment, availability.


SUMMARY: The Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response (NSIR) is 
soliciting public comment on its proposed Interim Staff Guidance (ISG) 
NSIR/DPR-ISG-01, ``Emergency Planning for Nuclear Power Plants.'' This 
ISG would provide guidance for addressing new emergency planning (EP) 
requirements for nuclear power plants based on proposed changes to EP 
regulations in Title 10, ``Energy,'' Part 50, ``Domestic Licensing of 
Production and Utilization Facilities,'' of the Code of Federal 
Regulations (10 CFR Part 50), specifically Section 50.47, ``Emergency 
Plans,'' and Appendix E, ``Emergency Planning and Preparedness for 
Production and Utilization Facilities'' (reference RIN 3150-AI10). The 
NRC staff will modify the ISG as necessary for consistency with the 
final EP rule as part of the overall comment resolution process for the 
ISG and EP rule changes. Additional guidance on topics not directly 
related to the EP final rule, such

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as integrating offsite response methodologies with onsite EP programs, 
is also provided in the ISG. Once the EP final rule is published and 
NRC staff completes the ISG, the staff will issue it for use. The NRC 
staff will incorporate the updated guidance information in NSIR/DPR-
ISG-01 into future revisions of NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1, ``Criteria for 
the Preparation and Evaluation of Radiological Emergency Response Plans 
and Preparedness in Support of Nuclear Power Plants,'' and other EP 
guidance documents.
    Some NRC EP regulatory requirements are being revised that warrant 
guidance outside the scope of the proposed ISG. The NRC staff plans to 
provide additional guidance for addressing proposed changes to Section 
50.54(q) concerning emergency plan changes in the form of a new 
Regulatory Guide (RG), proposed changes to Appendix E to 10 CFR Part 50 
regarding emergency action levels for hostile action events in a 
revision to RG 1.101, ``Emergency Planning for Nuclear Power Plants,'' 
and proposed changes to Section 50.47(b)(10) and Appendix E to 10 CFR 
Part 50 regarding updates to evacuation time estimates in the form of a 
new NUREG/CR document. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 
is addressing offsite EP guidance changes in support of the proposed EP 
rule and other offsite EP program issues in a new supplement to NUREG-
0654/FEMA-REP-1, as well as other FEMA documents. These documents will 
be issued separately for public comment prior to publishing the EP 
final rule.

DATES: Comments must be filed no later than 75 days from the date of 
publication of this notice in the Federal Register. Comments received 
after this date will be considered, if it is practical to do so, but 
the NRC staff is able to ensure consideration only for comments 
received on or before this date.

ADDRESSES: NSIR/DPR-ISG-01, ``Emergency Planning for Nuclear Power 
Plants,'' is available for inspection and copying for a fee at the NRC 
Public Document Room, Public File Area O1-F21, 11555 Rockville Pike, 
Rockville, Maryland. Publicly available documents created or received 
at the NRC after November 1, 1999, are available electronically at the 
NRC's Electronic Reading Room at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm.html. 
From this site, the public can gain entry into the NRC's Agencywide 
Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS), which provides text and 
image files of NRC's public documents. The ADAMS Accession number for 
this ISG is: ML083540070. If you do not have access to ADAMS or if 
there are problems in accessing the documents located in ADAMS, contact 
the NRC Public Document Room (PDR) Reference staff at 1-800-397-4209, 
301-415-4737, or by e-mail at [email protected].
    Comments will be made available to the public in their entirety; 
personal information, such as your name, address, telephone number, e-
mail address, etc., will not be removed from your submission. You may 
submit comments by any one of the following methods: Federal e-
Rulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov; search on Docket 
ID: NRC-2008-0122. Direct questions about NRC dockets to Carol 
Gallagher by telephone at 301-492-3668 or e-mail at 
[email protected]. Mail comments to: Michael T. Lesar, Chief, 
Rulemaking and Directives Branch, Office of Administration, Mail Stop: 
TWB-05-B01M, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-
0001. Cite the publication date and page number of this Federal 
Register notice.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Donald R. Tailleart, Division of 
Preparedness and Response, Office of Nuclear Security and Incident 
Response, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-
0001; telephone 301-415-2966 or e-mail at [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The NRC posts its issued staff guidance on 
the NRC external web page at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/isg/.
    The NRC staff is issuing this notice to solicit public comments on 
the proposed NSIR/DPR-ISG-01. After the NRC staff considers any public 
comments, it will make a determination regarding the proposed NSIR/DPR-

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 5th day of May 2009.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Melvyn N. Leach,
Director, Division of Preparedness and Response, Office of Nuclear 
Security and Incident Response.
[FR Doc. E9-11036 Filed 5-15-09; 8:45 am]