[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 223 (Wednesday, November 19, 2014)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 68763]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-27398]

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10 CFR Part 72

RIN 3150-AJ42

List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: Holtec International 
HI-STORM Underground Maximum Capacity Canister Storage System, 
Certificate of Compliance No. 1040

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Direct final rule; withdrawal.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is withdrawing a 
direct final rule that would have added the Holtec International HI-
STORM Underground Maximum Capacity (UMAX) Canister Storage System, 
Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1040, to the ``List of approved 
spent fuel storage casks.'' The NRC is taking this action because it 
has received at least one significant adverse comment in response to a 
companion proposed rule that was concurrently published with the direct 
final rule.

DATES: Effective November 19, 2014, the NRC withdraws the direct final 
rule published at 79 FR 53281 on September 9, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2014-0120 when contacting the 
NRC about the availability of information for this action. You may 
access publicly-available information related to this action by any of 
the following methods:
     Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2014-0120. 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 obtain publicly-available documents online in the 
ADAMS Public Documents collection 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].
     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: Gregory R. Trussell, Office of Nuclear 
Material Safety and Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 
Washington, DC 20555-0001; telephone: 301-415-6445, email: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On September 9, 2014 (79 FR 53281), the NRC 
published in the Federal Register a direct final rule amending its 
regulations in part 72 of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations 
to add the Holtec International HI-STORM UMAX Canister Storage System, 
CoC No. 1040, to the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks.'' The 
direct final rule was to become effective on November 24, 2014. The NRC 
also concurrently published a companion proposed rule on September 9, 
2014 (79 FR 53352).
    In the September 9, 2014, proposed rule, the NRC stated that if any 
significant adverse comments were received, then the NRC would withdraw 
the direct final rule by publishing a notice in the Federal Register. 
As a result, the direct final rule would not take effect. The NRC 
received 10 comments from private citizens which raised issues 
including inspections; seismic concerns; stress corrosion cracking; and 
aging management, among others. The comments are available at 
www.regulations.gov by searching on Docket ID NRC-2014-0120. The NRC 
determined that at least one of the comments is significant and adverse 
as defined in Section I, ``Procedural Background,'' of the direct final 
rule, because the comment raises an issue serious enough to warrant a 
substantive response to clarify or complete the record. Therefore, the 
NRC is withdrawing the direct final rule.
    As stated in the September 9, 2014, proposed rule, the NRC will 
address the comments in a subsequent final rule. The NRC will not 
initiate a second comment period on this action.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 13 day of November, 2014.

    For the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Mark A. Satorius,
Executive Director for Operations.
[FR Doc. 2014-27398 Filed 11-18-14; 8:45 am]