[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 22 (Wednesday, February 3, 2010)]
[Pages 5630-5631]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-2285]




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-
3106 or e-mail to [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 such 
information as 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 for permits 
and licenses.
    The draft regulatory guide (DG), entitled, ``Monitoring and 
Reporting Radioactive Materials in Liquid and Gaseous Effluents from 
Nuclear Fuel Cycle Facilities,'' is temporarily identified by its task 
number, DG-4017, which should be mentioned in all related 
correspondence. DG-4017 is a proposed Revision 2 of Regulatory Guide 
4.16, dated December 1985. This guide describes a method that the NRC 
staff considers acceptable for the development and implementation of 
effluent monitoring programs to be described in license applications 
and for monitoring and reporting effluent data by licensees. The 
guidance is applicable to nuclear fuel cycle facilities with the 
exception of uranium mining and milling facilities and nuclear power 
reactors. The NRC has developed other regulatory guides applicable to 
those facilities.
    Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), Sec.  70.59, 
``Effluent Monitoring Reporting Requirements,'' requires licensees 
authorized to possess and use special nuclear material for processing 
and fuel fabrication, scrap recovery, conversion of uranium 
hexafluoride, or in a uranium enrichment facility to submit semi-annual 
reports to the NRC specifying the quantity of each of the principal 
radionuclides released to unrestricted areas and such other information 
as the NRC may require to estimate maximum potential annual radiation 
doses to the public resulting from effluent releases. As required by 10 
CFR 40.65, ``Effluent Monitoring Reporting Requirements,'' each 
licensee authorized to possess and use source material in the 
production of uranium hexafluoride must submit semiannual reports 
similar to those required by 10 CFR 70.59.

II. Further Information

    The NRC staff is soliciting comments on DG-4017. Comments may be 
accompanied by relevant information or supporting data and should 
mention DG-4017 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).
    Because your comments will not be edited to remove any identifying 
or contact information, the NRC cautions you against including any 
information in your submission that you do not want to be publicly 
    The NRC requests that any party soliciting or aggregating comments 
received from other persons for submission to the NRC inform those 
persons that the NRC will not edit their comments to remove any 
identifying or contact information, and therefore, they should not 
include any information in their comments that they do not want 
publicly disclosed. You may submit

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comments by any of the following methods:
    1. Mail comments to: Rulemaking and Directives Branch, Mail Stop: 
TWB-05-B01M, Office of Administration, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory 
Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001.
    2. Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov 
and search for documents filed under Docket ID [NRC-2010-0031]. Address 
questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher, (301) 492-3668; e-mail 
[email protected].
    3. Fax comments to: Rulemaking and Directives Branch, Office of 
Administration, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission at (301) 492-3446.
    Requests for technical information about DG-4017 may be directed to 
the NRC contact, Gregory Chapman at (301) 492-3106 or e-mail to 
[email protected].
    Comments would be most helpful if received by April 5, 2010. 
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-4017 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) 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 26th day of January, 2010.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
John N. Ridgely,
Acting Chief, Regulatory Guide Development Branch, Division of 
Engineering, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research.
[FR Doc. 2010-2285 Filed 2-2-10; 8:45 am]