[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 71 (Monday, April 14, 2014)]
[Page 20923]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-08252]



[Docket No. NRC-2014-0083]

Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of pending NRC action to submit an information 
collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and 
solicitation of public comment.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) invites public 
comment about our intention to request the OMB's approval for renewal 
of an existing information collection that is summarized below. We are 
required to publish this notice in the Federal Register under the 
provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 
    Information pertaining to the requirement to be submitted:
    1. The title of the information collection: Notice of Enforcement 
Discretion for Operating Power Reactors and Gaseous Diffusion Plants 
(NRC Enforcement Policy).
    2. Current OMB approval number: 3150-0136.
    3. How often the collection is required: On occasion.
    4. Who is required or asked to report: Those licensees that 
voluntarily request enforcement discretion through the notice of 
enforcement discretion (NOED) process, and are granted enforcement 
    5. The number of annual respondents: 12.
    6. The number of hours needed annually to complete the requirement 
or request: 1492.
    7. Abstract: The NRC's Enforcement Policy includes the 
circumstances in which the NRC may grant an NOED. On occasion, 
circumstances arise when a power plant licensee's compliance with a 
Technical Specification (TS) Limiting Condition for Operation or any 
other license condition would involve an unnecessary plant shutdown. 
Similarly, for a gaseous diffusion plant, circumstances may arise where 
compliance with a Technical Safety Requirement (TSR) or other condition 
would unnecessarily call for a total plant shutdown, or, compliance 
would unnecessarily place the plant in a condition where safety, 
safeguards or security features were degraded or inoperable.
    In these circumstances, a licensee or certificate holder may 
request that the NRC exercise enforcement discretion, and the NRC staff 
may choose to not enforce the applicable TS, TSR, or other license or 
certificate condition. This enforcement discretion is designated as a 
    A licensee or certificate holder seeking the issuance of an NOED 
must document the safety basis for the request, including an evaluation 
of the safety significance and potential consequences of the proposed 
request, a description of proposed compensatory measures, a 
justification for the duration of the request, the basis for the 
licensee's or certificate holder's conclusion that the request does not 
have a potential adverse impact on the public health and safety, and 
does not involve adverse consequences to the environment, and any other 
information the NRC staff deems necessary before making a decision to 
exercise discretion.
    In addition, the NRC's Enforcement Policy includes a provision 
allowing licensees to voluntarily adopt fire protection requirements 
contained in the National Fire Protection Association Standard 805, 
``Performance Based Standard for Fire Protection for Light Water 
Reactor Electric Generating Plants, 2001 Edition'' (NFPA 805). 
Licensees who wish to implement the risk-informed process in NFPA 805 
must submit a letter of intent to the NRC. Licensees who wish to 
withdraw from the NFPA 805 risk informed process must submit a letter 
of retraction.
    Submit, by June 13, 2014, comments that address the following 
    1. Is the proposed collection of information necessary for the NRC 
to properly perform its functions? Does the information have practical 
    2. Is the burden estimate accurate?
    3. Is there a way to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of 
the information to be collected?
    4. How can the burden of the information collection be minimized, 
including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of 
information technology?
    The public may examine and have copied for a fee publicly-available 
documents, including the draft supporting statement, at the NRC's 
Public Document Room, Room O-1F21, One White Flint North, 11555 
Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852. The OMB clearance requests 
are available at the NRC's Web site: http://www.nrc.gov/public-involve/doc-comment/omb/. The document will be available on the NRC's home page 
site for 60 days after the signature date of this notice.
    Comments submitted in writing or in electronic form will be made 
available for public inspection. 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 disclosed. Comments submitted should 
reference Docket No. NRC-2014-0083. You may submit your comments by any 
of the following methods: Electronic comments go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket No. NRC-2014-0083. Mail 
comments to Acting NRC Clearance Officer, Kristen Benney (T-5 F50), 
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001.
    Questions about the information collection requirements may be 
directed to the Acting NRC Clearance Officer, Kristen Benney (T-5 F50), 
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001; 
telephone: 301-415-6355, or by email to [email protected].

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 8th day of April, 2014.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Kristen Benney,
Acting NRC Clearance Officer, Office of Information Services.
[FR Doc. 2014-08252 Filed 4-11-14; 8:45 am]