[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 249 (Wednesday, December 28, 2016)]
[Pages 95653-95654]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-31404]




Information Collection: Reporting of Defects and Noncompliance

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of submission to the Office of Management and Budget; 
request for comment.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has recently 
submitted to OMB for review the following proposal for the collection 
of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 
1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). The information collection is entitled, 
``Reporting of Defects and Noncompliance.''

DATES: Submit comments by January 27, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments directly to the OMB reviewer at: Vlad 
Dorjets, Desk Officer, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs 
(3150-0035), NEOB-10202, Office of Management and Budget, Washington, 
DC 20503; telephone: 202-395-7315, email: [email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Cullison, NRC Clearance Officer, 
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001; 
telephone: 301-415-2084; email: [email protected].


I. Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments

A. Obtaining Information

    Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2016-0024 when contacting the NRC 
about the availability of information for this action. You may obtain 
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-2016-0024.
     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]. The 
supporting statement is available in ADAMS under Accession No. 
     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.
     NRC's Clearance Officer: A copy of the collection of 
information and related instructions may be obtained without charge by 
contacting the NRC's Clearance Officer, David Cullison, Office of the 
Chief Information Officer, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 
Washington, DC 20555-0001; telephone: 301-415-2084; email: 
[email protected].

B. Submitting Comments

    The NRC cautions you not to include identifying or contact 
information in comment submissions that you do not want to be publicly 
disclosed in your comment submission. All comment submissions are 
posted at http://www.regulations.gov and entered into ADAMS. Comment 
submissions are not routinely edited to remove identifying or contact 
    If you are requesting or aggregating comments from other persons 
for submission to the OMB, then you should inform those persons not to 
include identifying or contact information that they do not want to be 
publicly disclosed in their comment submission. Your request should 
state that comment submissions are not routinely edited to remove such 
information before making the comment submissions available to the 
public or entering the comment into ADAMS.

II. Background

    Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 
U.S.C. Chapter 35), the NRC recently submitted a request for renewal of 
an existing collection of information to OMB for review entitled, 
``Reporting of Defects and Noncompliance.'' The NRC hereby informs 
potential respondents that an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and 
that a person is not required to respond to, a collection of 
information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
    The NRC published a Federal Register notice with a 60-day comment 
period on this information collection on September 8, 2016 (81 FR 
    1. The title of the information collection: 10 CFR part 21, 
``Reporting of Defects and Noncompliance.''
    2. OMB approval number: 3150-0035.
    3. Type of submission: Extension.
    4. The form number if applicable: Not Applicable.
    5. How often the collection is required or requested: On occasion. 
Defects and noncompliances are reportable as they occur.
    6. Who will be required or asked to respond: Individual directors 
and responsible officers of firms constructing, owning, operating, or 
supplying the basic components of any facility or activity licensed 
under the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, or the Energy 
Reorganization Act of 1974, as amended, to report immediately to the 
NRC the discovery of defects in basic components or failures to comply 
that could create a substantial safety hazard.
    7. The estimated number of annual responses: 531 (178 reporting 
responses + 3 third party disclosure responses + 350 recordkeepers).
    8. The estimated number of annual respondents: 350.
    9. The total estimated number of hours needed annually to comply 
with the information collection requirement or request: 43,565 hours 
(18,023 hours reporting + 25,257 hours recordkeeping + 285 hours third-
party disclosure).
    10. Abstract: Part 21 of title 10 of the Code of Federal 
Regulations (10 CFR), requires each individual, corporation, 
partnership, commercial grade dedicating entity, or other entity 
subject to the regulations in this part to adopt appropriate procedures 
to evaluate deviations and failures to comply to determine whether a 
defect exists that could result in a substantial safety hazard. 
Depending upon the outcome of the evaluation, a report of the defect

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must be submitted to the NRC. Reports submitted under 10 CFR part 21 
are reviewed by the NRC staff to determine whether the reported defects 
or failures to comply in basic components at the NRC licensed 
facilities or activities are potentially generic safety problems. These 
reports have been the basis for the issuance of numerous NRC Generic 
Communications that have contributed to the improved safety of the 
nuclear industry. The records required to be maintained in accordance 
with 10 CFR part 21 are subject to inspection by the NRC to determine 
compliance with the subject regulation.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 22nd day of December, 2016.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
David Cullison,
NRC Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2016-31404 Filed 12-27-16; 8:45 am]