[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 172 (Thursday, September 3, 2020)]
[Notices]
[Pages 55032-55033]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-19457]


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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[NRC-2020-0107]


Information Collection: Part 55 Exemption Request and Part 55 
Research and Test Reactor Exemption Request

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

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

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has recently 
submitted a request for renewal of an existing collection of 
information to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. 
The information collection is entitled, ``Part 55 Exemption Request and 
Part 55 Research and Test Reactor Exemption Request.''

DATES: Submit comments by October 5, 2020. Comments received after this 
date will be considered if it is practical to do so, but the Commission 
is able to ensure consideration only for comments received on or before 
this date.

ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed 
information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of 
this notice to https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Find this 
particular information collection by selecting ``Currently under 
Review--Open for Public Comments'' or by using the search function.

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].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments

A. Obtaining Information

    Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2020-0107 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 Website: Go to https://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2020-0107. A copy of 
the collection of information and related instructions may be obtained 
without charge by accessing Docket ID NRC-2020-0107 on this website.
     NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System 
(ADAMS): You may obtain publicly-available documents online in the 
ADAMS Public Documents collection at https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. To begin the search, select ``Begin Web-based ADAMS 
Search.'' For problems with ADAMS, please contact the NRC's Public 
Document Room reference staff at 1-800-397-4209, 301-415-4737, or by 
email to [email protected]. A copy of the collection of information 
and related instructions may be obtained without charge by accessing 
ADAMS Accession Nos. ML20126G469 and ML20126G490. The supporting 
statement is available in ADAMS under Accession No. ML20170A358.
     NRC's Clearance Officer: A copy of the collection of 
information and related instructions may be obtained without charge by 
contacting the NRC's

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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 https://www.regulations.gov and entered into ADAMS. Comment 
submissions are not routinely edited to remove identifying or contact 
information.
    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, 
``Part 55 Exemption Request and Part 55 Research and Test Reactor 
Exemption Request.'' 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 May 13, 2020 (85 FR 28667).
    1. The title of the information collection: ``Part 55 Exemption 
Request and Part 55 Research and Test Reactor Exemption Request.''
    2. OMB approval number: 3150-0018.
    3. Type of submission: Extension.
    4. The form number if applicable: There is no form number for the 
online submission form.
    5. How often the collection is required or requested: On occasion.
    6. Who will be required or asked to respond: All holders of, and 
certain applicants for, nuclear power plant construction permits and 
operating licenses under the provisions of part 50 of title 10 of the 
Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR part 50), ``Domestic Licensing of 
Production and Utilization Facilities'' who seek exemptions from the 
requalification requirements specified in 10 CFR 55.59 as allowed by 10 
CFR 55.11, ``Specific Exemptions.''
    7. The estimated number of annual responses: 60.
    8. The estimated number of annual respondents: 60.
    9. An estimate of the total number of hours needed annually to 
comply with the information collection requirement or request: 120.
    10. Abstract: The NRC requested an emergency review of this 
information collection in order to add this form to the previously 
approved information collection OMB Control Number 3150-0018 for a 
period of 6 months. The purpose of this information collection is to 
request an extension of the approval of the ``Part 55 Exemption Request 
and Part 55 Research and Test Reactor Exemption Request'' online forms 
that simplify the filing the exemption requests because the existing 
system may be burdensome for licensees under current conditions. Under 
the existing collection under OMB Control No. 3150-0018, licensees are 
already able to seek exemptions from the requirements of 10 CFR part 
55, Operators' Licenses. This information collection only addresses the 
incremental burden change to this existing clearance due to the form 
and not the total burden for the clearance.
    10 CFR part 55 contains specific requirements for the licensing of 
utilization facility operators and senior operators. Due to the impacts 
of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), the NRC will also 
consider exemption requests for operators and senior operators from the 
requirements in 10 CFR 55.59(a)(1) (requiring the operators and senior 
operators to successfully complete the Commission-approved 
requalification program) and in 10 CFR 55.59(a)(2) (requiring the 
operators and senior operators to pass a comprehensive requalification 
written examination and an annual operating test); these exemptions 
would allow delay of these requalification program requirements during 
the COVID-19 PHE as allowed by 10 CFR 55.11, ``Specific Exemptions.''

    Dated: August 28, 2020.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
David C. Cullison,
NRC Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2020-19457 Filed 9-2-20; 8:45 am]
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