[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 123 (Monday, June 29, 2009)]
[Page 31073]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-15279]




Draft Regulatory Guide: Issuance, Availability

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of Issuance and Availability of Draft Regulatory Guide, 


Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, telephone: (301) 492-
3202, e-mail [email protected], or, R.A. Jervey, telephone (301) 
251-7404, e-mail [email protected].


I. Introduction

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing for public 
comment a draft guide in the agency's ``Regulatory Guide'' series. This 
series was developed to describe and make available to the public 
information and methods that are acceptable to the NRC staff for 
implementing specific parts of the NRC's regulations, techniques that 
the staff uses in evaluating specific problems or postulated accidents, 
and data that the staff needs in its review of applications.
    The draft regulatory guide (DG), entitled, ``Guidance for Fuel 
Cycle Facility Change Processes,'' is temporarily identified by its 
task number, DG-3037, which should be mentioned in all related 
correspondence. DG-3037 will be a new regulatory guide.
    Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 70, ``Domestic 
Licensing of Special Nuclear Material'' (10 CFR Part 70) contains the 
regulations for fuel cycle facility licensees that possess greater than 
a critical mass of special nuclear material and are engaged in enriched 
uranium processing, fabrication of uranium fuel or fuel assemblies, 
uranium enrichment, enriched uranium hexafluoride conversion, plutonium 
processing, and fabrication of mixed-oxide fuel or fuel assemblies.
    Subsection (a) of 10 CFR 70.72, ``Facility changes and change 
process,'' requires that fuel cycle facility licensees establish a 
configuration management system to evaluate, implement, and track each 
change to the site, structures, processes, systems, equipment, 
components, computer programs, and activities of personnel. Such 
changes may be made by the licensee without prior approval of the NRC, 
provided that the changes meet the criteria of 10 CFR 70.72(c). DG-3037 
provides guidance on how to meet the requirements of 10 CFR 70.72(c).

II. Further Information

    The NRC staff is soliciting comments on DG-3037. Comments may be 
accompanied by relevant information or supporting data and should 
reference DG-3037 in the subject line. Comments submitted in writing or 
in electronic form will be made available to the public in their 
entirety through the NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management 
System (ADAMS).
    Personal information will not be removed from your comments. You 
may submit comments by any of the following methods:
    1. Mail comments to: Rulemaking and Directives Branch, Office of 
Administration, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 
    2. E-mail comments to: [email protected].
    Requests for technical information about DG-3037 may be directed to 
the NRC contact, Margie Kotzalas at (301) 492-3202 or e-mail to 
[email protected].
    Comments would be most helpful if received by August 17, 2009. 
Comments received after that date will be considered if it is practical 
to do so, but the NRC is able to ensure consideration only for comments 
received on or before this date. Although a time limit is given, 
comments and suggestions in connection with items for inclusion in 
guides currently being developed or improvements in all published 
guides are encouraged at any time.
    Electronic copies of DG-3037 are available through the NRC's public 
Web site under Draft Regulatory Guides in the ``Regulatory Guides'' 
collection of the NRC's Electronic Reading Room at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/. Electronic copies are also available in 
ADAMS (http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html), under Accession No. 
    In addition, regulatory guides are available for inspection at the 
NRC's Public Document Room (PDR), which is located at 11555 Rockville 
Pike, Rockville, Maryland. The PDR's mailing address is USNRC PDR, 
Washington, DC 20555-0001. The PDR can also be reached by telephone at 
(301) 415-4737 or (800) 397-4205, by fax at (301) 415-3548, and by e-
mail to [email protected].
    Regulatory guides are not copyrighted, and Commission approval is 
not required to reproduce them.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 22nd day of June, 2009. For 
the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
M.P. Orr,
Acting Chief, Regulatory Guide Development Branch, Division of 
Engineering, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research.
 [FR Doc. E9-15279 Filed 6-26-09; 8:45 am]