[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 7 (Friday, January 10, 2014)]
[Pages 1898-1899]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-00244]




Conceptual Example of a Proposed Risk Management Regulatory 
Framework Policy Statement

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Conceptual example of a proposed policy statement; extension of 
comment period and public meeting.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is extending the 
public comment period on the document entitled, ``White Paper on a 
Conceptual Example of a Proposed Risk Management Regulatory Framework 
Policy Statement (the white paper),'' from January 10, 2014, to 
February 28, 2014. The NRC also plans to hold a public meeting to 
discuss and receive comments on the white paper.

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DATES: The public meeting will be held on January 30, 2014. Additional 
details regarding the meeting are available in Section II, Public 
Meeting, of this document.

ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2013-0254 when contacting the 
NRC about the availability of information regarding this document. You 
may access publicly-available information related to this action by the 
following methods:
     Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2013-0254. Address 
questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301-287-
3422; email: [email protected]. For technical questions, contact 
the individual listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of 
this document.
     NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System 
(ADAMS): You may access publicly available documents online in the NRC 
Library at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. To begin the 
search, select ``ADAMS Public Documents'' and then select ``Begin Web-
based ADAMS Search.'' For problems with ADAMS, please contact the NRC's 
Public Document Room (PDR) reference staff at 1-800-397-4209, 301-415-
4737, or by email to [email protected]. The ADAMS accession number 
for each document referenced in this document (if that document is 
available in ADAMS) is provided the first time that a document is 
     NRC's PDR: You may examine and purchase copies of public 
documents at the NRC's PDR, Room O1-F21, One White Flint North, 11555 
Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary Drouin, Office of Nuclear 
Regulatory Research, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 
20555-0001; telephone: 301-251-7574; email: [email protected].


I. Background

    On November 25, 2013 (78 FR 70354), the NRC published for public 
comment a document entitled, ``White Paper on a Conceptual Example of a 
Proposed Risk Management Regulatory Framework Policy Statement (ADAMS 
Accession No. ML13273A517).'' The conceptual statement would set forth 
a possible Commission policy regarding the use of a structured 
decision-making model that results in risk-informed and performance-
based defense-in-depth protections to: Ensure appropriate personnel, 
barriers, and controls to prevent, contain, and mitigate possible 
inadvertent exposure to radioactive material according to the hazard 
present, the relevant scenarios, and the associated uncertainties; and 
ensure that the risks resulting from the failure of some or all of the 
established barriers and controls, including human errors, are 
maintained acceptably low. The white paper is an illustration of the 
staff's work in progress and is expected to be modified as both 
internal and external review is solicited and considered.
    The public comment period for the white paper would have closed on 
January 10, 2014, however, the NRC has decided to extend the comment 
period until February 28, 2014, because it was recognized with the 
holidays, insufficient time had been given for review and comment.

II. Public Meeting

    The NRC staff plans to hold a public meeting on January 30, 2014. 
The meeting time and location has not yet been set, however, the final 
agenda and any meeting materials will be posted no fewer than 10 days 
prior to the meeting on the NRC's public Web site at http://meetings.nrc.gov/pmns/mtg. The purpose of this public meeting is for 
the NRC staff to answer questions, to provide any clarification to the 
white paper, and to solicit early stakeholder comments. This meeting 
will be a Category 3 public meeting and stakeholders wishing to provide 
a presentation should send a request to Mary Drouin at 301-251-7574 or 
by email to [email protected]. Presentations must be directly related 
to providing comments on the white paper (i.e., addressing the 
questions in the November 25, 2013, Federal Register notice). Requests 
should be sent in as soon as possible; depending on the number of 
requests, you will be notified if your presentation will be part of the 
agenda. If you have any questions, contact Mary Drouin at 301-251-7574 
or by email to [email protected].

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 6th day of January, 2014.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Patrick Madden,
Deputy Director, Division of Risk Analysis, Office of Nuclear 
Regulatory Research.
[FR Doc. 2014-00244 Filed 1-9-14; 8:45 am]