[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 147 (Monday, August 2, 2010)]
[Pages 45166-45167]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-18883]




Draft Regulatory Guide: Issuance, Availability

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of Issuance and Availability of Draft Regulatory Guide, 
DG-3030, ``Nuclear Criticality Safety Standards for Fuels and Material 


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Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, telephone: (301) 492-
3211 or 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 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, ``Nuclear Criticality 
Safety Standards for Fuels and Material Facilities,'' is temporarily 
identified by its task number, DG-3030, which should be referenced in 
all related correspondence. DG-3030 is proposed Revision 2 of 
Regulatory Guide 3.71, dated October 2005.
    Draft regulatory guide DG-3030 provides applicants, licensees and 
certificate holders with updated guidance concerning criticality safety 
standards that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has 
endorsed for use with nuclear fuels and material facilities. As such, 
DG-3030 describes methods that the NRC staff considers acceptable for 
complying with the NRC's regulations in Title 10, of the Code of 
Federal Regulations, parts 70, ``Domestic Licensing of Special Nuclear 
Material,'' and 76, ``Certification of Gaseous Diffusion Plants'' (10 
CFR parts 70 and 76).
    Pursuant to 10 CFR 70.20, a specific license is required to 
acquire, deliver, receive, possess, use, transfer, import, or export 
special nuclear material, and applications for such licenses must, 
pursuant to 10 CFR 70.22(a)(8), include proposed procedures to avoid 
nuclear criticality accidents. Similarly, 10 CFR part 76 certificate 
holders are required by 10 CFR 76.87(c) to include in their technical 
safety requirements procedures and/or equipment that address 
criticality prevention.
    The NRC staff has developed DG-3030 to provide guidance on 
complying with these portions of the NRC's regulations. DG-3030 
describes procedures for preventing nuclear criticality accidents in 
operations that involve handling, processing, storing, and/or 
transporting special nuclear material at fuel and material facilities. 
DG-3030 endorses specific nuclear criticality safety standards 
developed by the American Nuclear Society's Standards Subcommittee 8 
(ANS-8), ``Operations with Fissionable Materials Outside Reactors.'' 
DG-3030 is not intended for use by nuclear reactor licensees.

II. Further Information

    The NRC staff is soliciting comments on DG-3030. Comments may be 
accompanied by relevant information or supporting data and should 
mention DG-3030 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 comments by any of the following 
    1. Mail comments to: Rules, Announcements, 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-2010-0265]. Address 
questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher, 301-492-3668; e-mail 
[email protected].
    3. Fax comments to: Rules, Announcements, and Directives Branch, 
Office of Administration, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission at (301) 
    Comments would be most helpful if received by September 29, 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.
    Requests for technical information about DG-3030 may be directed to 
the NRC contact, Tamara D. Powell at (301) 492-3211 or e-mail 
[email protected].
    Electronic copies of DG-3030 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. 
ML100950065. The regulatory analysis may be found in ADAMS under 
Accession No. ML101440446.
    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 22nd day of July 2010.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Harriet Karagiannis,
Acting Chief, Regulatory Guide Development Branch, Division of 
Engineering, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research.
[FR Doc. 2010-18883 Filed 7-30-10; 8:45 am]