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Veterans Affairs Department -- Revise and Streamline VA Acquisition Regulation To Adhere to Federal Acquisition Regulation Principles (VAAR Case 2014-V001)2018-Apr-162018-07833The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in this final rule amends six clauses or provisions and removes one clause which duplicates current FAR coverage and is not needed, provides updated policy on variations, tolerances and exemptions regarding overtime in contracts providing nursing home care for veterans, removes an information collection burden on an outdated practice of using bid envelopes; clarifies language regarding the prohibition of contractors from making reference in their commercial advertising, and revises definitions relating to D&S Committee, Debarring Official and Suspending Official currently contained in the VAAR. This document adopts as a final rule, with three technical non-substantive changes, the proposed rule published in the Federal Register on May 17, 2017.
Surface Transportation Board -- Updating the Code of Federal Regulations2018-Apr-092018-06657The Surface Transportation Board (Board) is updating its regulations to reflect certain statutory changes enacted in the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015 and to replace certain obsolete or incorrect references in the regulations.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Incorporation by Reference of American Society of Mechanical Engineers Codes and Code Cases; Correction2018-Jan-182018-00708The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published a final rule in the Federal Register on July 18, 2017, to incorporate by reference recent editions of and addenda to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Codes for nuclear power plants. The final rule contained a minor error when referring to a table related to certification requirements for non-destructive examination personnel. In addition, the final rule contained a minor error in a requirement for check valve monitoring. This document corrects the final rule by revising the section that contains these errors.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Approval of American Society of Mechanical Engineers' Code Cases2018-Jan-172018-00112The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to incorporate by reference (IBR) the latest revisions of three regulatory guides (RGs) approving new, revised, and reaffirmed Code Cases published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). This action allows nuclear power plant licensees and applicants for construction permits, operating licenses, combined licenses, standard design certifications, standard design approvals and manufacturing licenses to voluntarily use the Code Cases listed in these RGs as alternatives to engineering standards for the construction, inservice inspection (ISI), and inservice testing (IST) of nuclear power plant components. These engineering standards are set forth in the ASME's Boiler and Pressure Vessel (BPV) Codes and ASME Operation and Maintenance (OM) Codes, which are currently incorporated by reference into the NRC's regulations. This final rule announces the availability of the final versions of the three RGs that are being incorporated by reference. Further, the final rule announces the availability of a related RG, not incorporated by reference into the NRC's regulations that lists Code Cases that the NRC has not approved for use.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Adjustment of Civil Penalties for Inflation for Fiscal Year 20182018-Jan-122018-00368The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to adjust the maximum Civil Monetary Penalties (CMPs) it can assess under statutes enforced by the agency. These changes are mandated by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 (FCPIAA), as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Improvements Act). The NRC is amending its regulations to adjust the maximum CMP for a violation of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (AEA), or any regulation or order issued under the AEA from $285,057 to $290,875 per violation, per day. Additionally, the NRC is amending provisions concerning program fraud civil penalties by adjusting the maximum CMP under the Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act from $10,957 to $11,181 for each false claim or statement.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Miscellaneous Corrections2017-Nov-152017-24259The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to make miscellaneous corrections. The amendments include correcting references, an address and a misspelling. The amendments will also make references to persons in one part of the NRC's regulations gender neutral. This document is necessary to inform the public of these non-substantive amendments to the NRC's regulations.
Agriculture Department -- Rules of Practice Governing Formal Adjudicatory Proceedings Instituted by the Secretary Under Various Statutes2017-Aug-092017-16786This final rule amends the scope and applicability of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) uniform rules of practice governing adjudicatory proceedings to include actions initiated under subtitles B and D of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, as amended (1946 Act).
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Incorporation by Reference of American Society of Mechanical Engineers Codes and Code Cases2017-Jul-182017-14166The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to incorporate by reference recent editions and addenda to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Codes for nuclear power plants and a standard for quality assurance. The NRC is also incorporating by reference six ASME Code Cases. This action is in accordance with the NRC's policy to periodically update the regulations to incorporate by reference new editions and addenda of the ASME Codes and is intended to maintain the safety of nuclear power plants and to make NRC activities more effective and efficient.
Federal Trade Commission -- Premerger Notification; Reporting and Waiting Period Requirements2017-Jul-122017-14550The Commission, with the concurrence of the Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, Department of Justice, announces ministerial changes to the Antitrust Improvements Act Notification and Report Form (``HSR Form'') to make it conform to recently published amendments to the associated Instructions and to reflect changes to the noncompliance penalty and the Premerger Notification Office address.
Veterans Affairs Department -- Revise and Streamline VA Acquisition Regulation To Adhere to Federal Acquisition Regulation Principles (VAAR Case 2014-V001)2017-May-172017-09158The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to amend and update its VA Acquisition Regulation (VAAR). Under this initiative all parts of the regulation are being reviewed in phased increments to revise or remove any policy that has been superseded by changes in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), to remove any procedural guidance that is internal to the VA, and to incorporate any new regulations or policies Acquisition regulations become outdated over time and require updating to incorporate additional policies, solicitation provisions, or contract clauses that implement and supplement the FAR to satisfy VA mission needs, and to incorporate changes in dollar and approval thresholds, definitions, and VA position titles and offices. This Proposed Rule will correct inconsistencies, remove redundant and duplicate material already covered by the FAR, delete outdated material or information, and appropriately renumber VAAR text, clauses and provisions where required to comport with FAR format, numbering and arrangement. This Proposed Rule will streamline the VAAR to implement and supplement the FAR only when required, and remove internal agency guidance as noted above in keeping with the FAR principles concerning agency acquisition regulations.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Non-Power Production or Utilization Facility License Renewal2017-Mar-302017-06162The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its regulations that govern the license renewal process for non- power reactors, testing facilities, and other production or utilization facilities, licensed under the authority of Section 103, Section 104a, or Section 104c of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (AEA), that are not nuclear power reactors. In this proposed rule, the NRC collectively refers to these facilities as non-power production or utilization facilities (NPUFs). The NRC is proposing to: Eliminate license terms for licenses issued under the authority of Sections 104a or 104c of the AEA, other than for testing facilities; define the license renewal process for licenses issued to testing facilities or under the authority of Section 103 of the AEA; require all NPUF licensees to submit final safety analysis report (FSAR) updates to the NRC every 5 years; and provide an accident dose criterion of 1 rem (0.01 Sievert (Sv)) total effective dose equivalent (TEDE) for NPUFs other than testing facilities. The proposed rule also includes other changes, as described in Section III, ``Discussion,'' of this document. The NRC is issuing concurrently draft Regulatory Guide (DG-2006), ``Preparation of Updated Final Safety Analysis Reports for Non-power Production or Utilization Facilities,'' for review and comment. The NRC anticipates the proposed rule and associated draft implementing guidance would result in reduced burden on both licensees and the NRC, and would create a more responsive and efficient regulatory framework that will continue to protect public health and safety, promote the common defense and security, and protect the environment. During the public comment period, the NRC plans to hold a public meeting to promote a full understanding of the proposed rule and facilitate the public's ability to submit comments on the proposed rule.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Adjustment of Civil Penalties for Inflation for FY 20172017-Jan-242017-01313The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to adjust the maximum civil monetary penalties (CMPs) it can assess under statutes enforced by the agency. These changes are mandated by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 (FCPIAA), as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Improvements Act). The NRC is amending its regulations to adjust the maximum CMP for a violation of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (AEA), or any regulation or order issued under the AEA from $280,469 to $285,057 per violation, per day. Additionally, the NRC is amending provisions concerning program fraud civil penalties by adjusting the maximum CMP under the Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act from $10,781 to $10,957 for each false claim or statement.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Update To Incorporate FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 Requirements2016-Dec-302016-31595The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to reflect changes to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 requires the NRC to amend its FOIA regulations to update procedures for requesting information from the NRC and procedures that the NRC must follow in responding to FOIA requests.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Miscellaneous Corrections2016-Dec-022016-28684The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to make miscellaneous corrections. The amendments include correcting a senior NRC management position title; correcting terminology for consistency in NRC regulations; and correcting contact information, references, typographical errors, and misspellings. This document is necessary to inform the public of these non-substantive amendments to the NRC's regulations.
Transportation Department -- Enhancing Airline Passenger Protections III2016-Nov-032016-26178The Department of Transportation is issuing a third ``Enhancing Airline Passenger Protections'' final rule to enhance protections for air travelers and to improve the air travel environment as follows: Expanding the pool of reporting carriers for service quality data; requiring reporting carriers to include service quality data for their domestic scheduled flights operated by their code-share partners; enhancing the Department's code-share disclosure regulation to codify the statutory requirement that carriers and ticket agents must disclose any code-share arrangements on their Web sites on the first display presented in response to a search of a requested itinerary for each itinerary involving a code-share operation; and prohibiting undisclosed biasing based on carrier identity by carriers and ticket agents in any electronic displays of the fare, schedule or availability information of multiple carriers. The amendments to the reporting requirements in this rule will ensure that the Department obtains and provides to the public expanded and enhanced service quality data from the airlines. The provision to strengthen the Department's code-share disclosure rule will also enhance air travel consumer protection. Additionally, this final rule corrects certain drafting errors and makes minor changes to the Department's second Enhancing Airline Passenger Protections rule to better reflect the Department's intent. Other topics covered by the proposed rule that are not addressed by this final rule will be addressed in two separate rulemakings. Specifically, the Department will be issuing a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM) to seek additional information on the disclosure of fees for basic ancillary services to consumers at all points of sale. The remaining topics discussed in the 2014 notice of proposed rulemaking (e.g., customer service commitments by large ticket agents, prohibition on post-purchase price increases for ancillary services) will be addressed in another final rule that the Department plans to issue at a later date.
Federal Trade Commission -- Premerger Notification; Reporting and Waiting Period Requirements2016-Sep-012016-20950The Commission is amending the Hart-Scott-Rodino (``HSR'') Premerger Notification Rules (the ``Rules'') that require the parties to certain mergers and acquisitions to file reports with the Federal Trade Commission (``the Commission'' or ``FTC'') and the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (``the Assistant Attorney General'' or ``DOJ'') (together the ``Antitrust Agencies'' or ``Agencies'') and to wait a specified period of time before consummating such transactions. These amendments update the Rules to allow for submission of the Premerger Notification and Report Form (``Form'') and accompanying documents (together the ``HSR Filing'') on digital video/versatile disc (``DVD''), and clarify the Instructions to the Form.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Update to Transcript Correction Procedures2016-Jul-202016-17072The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulation that governs the correction of official transcripts for agency adjudicatory proceedings. The current regulation has not been substantively updated since it was adopted in 1962 and the NRC's internal procedures have evolved since that time to incorporate technological development. The NRC is not soliciting public comment on this change because the change is limited to an agency rule of procedure and practice that does not affect the rights and responsibilities of outside parties.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Adjustment of Civil Penalties for Inflation2016-Jul-012016-15399The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to adjust the maximum Civil Monetary Penalties (CMPs) it can assess under statutes enforced by the agency. These changes are mandated by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 (FCPIAA), as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Improvements Act). The NRC is amending its regulations to adjust the maximum CMP for a violation of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (AEA), or any regulation or order issued under the AEA from $140,000 to $280,469 per violation, per day. Additionally, the NRC is amending provisions concerning program fraud civil penalties by adjusting the maximum CMP under the Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act from $7,000 to $10,781 for each false claim or statement.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Approval of American Society of Mechanical Engineers' Code Cases2016-Mar-022016-04355The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its regulations to incorporate by reference proposed revisions of three regulatory guides (RGs) which would approve new, revised, and reaffirmed Code Cases published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). This proposed action would allow nuclear power plant licensees, and applicants for construction permits, operating licenses, combined licenses, standard design certifications, standard design approvals and manufacturing licenses, to use the Code Cases listed in these draft RGs as alternatives to engineering standards for the construction, inservice inspection, and inservice testing of nuclear power plant components. These engineering standards are set forth in ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Codes and ASME Operations and Maintenance Codes, which are currently incorporated by reference into the NRC's regulations. The NRC is requesting comments on this proposed rule and on the draft versions of the three RGs proposed to be incorporated by reference. The NRC is also making available a related draft RG that lists Code Cases that the NRC has not approved for use. This draft RG will not be incorporated by reference into the NRC's regulations.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Miscellaneous Corrections2015-Dec-012015-30153The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to make miscellaneous corrections. These changes include renaming the Office of Information Services, renaming the Computer Security Office and removing it as a standalone office, capitalizing the words Tribe, Tribes, and Tribal, correcting a Web site address, correcting a misspelling, removing a submission requirement, correcting an email address, correcting a room number, removing a Federal Register notice requirement, and adding missing information collection references. This document is necessary to inform the public of these non-substantive changes to the NRC's regulations.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Mitigation of Beyond-Design-Basis Events2015-Nov-132015-28589The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its regulations that establish regulatory requirements for nuclear power reactor applicants and licensees to mitigate beyond- design-basis events. The NRC is proposing to make generically applicable requirements in Commission orders for mitigation of beyond- design-basis events and for reliable spent fuel pool instrumentation. This proposed rule would establish regulatory requirements for an integrated response capability, including supporting requirements for command and control, drills, training and change control. This proposed rule also would establish requirements for enhanced onsite emergency response capabilities. Finally, this proposed rule would address a number of petitions for rulemaking (PRMs) submitted to the NRC following the March 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi event. This rulemaking is applicable to power reactor licensees, power reactor license applicants, and decommissioning power reactor licensees. This rulemaking combines two NRC activities for which documents have been published in the Federal Register--Onsite Emergency Response Capabilities (RIN 3150-AJ11; NRC-2012-0031) and Station Blackout Mitigation Strategies (RIN 3150-AJ08; NRC-2011-0299). The new identification numbers for this consolidated rulemaking are RIN 3150- AJ49 and NRC-2014-0240.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Hearings on Challenges to the Immediate Effectiveness of Orders2015-Oct-202015-26590The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations regarding challenges to the immediate effectiveness of NRC enforcement orders to clarify the burden of proof and to clarify the authority of the presiding officer to order live testimony in resolving these challenges.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Revisions to the Petition for Rulemaking Process2015-Oct-072015-25563The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to clarify and streamline its process for addressing petitions for rulemaking (PRMs). These amendments are intended to improve transparency and to make the PRM process more efficient and effective.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Incorporation by Reference of American Society of Mechanical Engineers Codes and Code Cases2015-Sep-182015-23193The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its regulations to incorporate by reference seven recent editions and addenda to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) codes for nuclear power plants and a standard for quality assurance. The NRC is also proposing to incorporate by reference four ASME code cases. This action is in accordance with the NRC's policy to periodically update the regulations to incorporate by reference new editions and addenda of the ASME codes and is intended to maintain the safety of nuclear power plants and to make NRC activities more effective and efficient.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Miscellaneous Corrections2015-Aug-032015-18863The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to make miscellaneous corrections. These changes include updating the name and the phone number of the U.S. Government Publishing Office, updating the address for the National Technical Information Service, correcting typographical errors, correcting misspellings, and correcting references. This document is necessary to inform the public of these non-substantive changes to the NRC's regulations.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Organizational Changes and Conforming Amendments2014-Dec-192014-29664The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to reflect internal organizational changes and conforming amendments. These changes include adding the address for a new NRC building at headquarters, removing references to several committees that no longer exist, adding the Computer Security Office, removing all references to the Office of Federal and State Materials and Environmental Management Programs because that office has merged with the Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards, and making conforming amendments throughout the regulations to reflect this office merger.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Approval of American Society of Mechanical Engineers' Code Cases; Technical Corrections2014-Dec-112014-29037The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to make technical corrections, including adding three inadvertently omitted addenda to Section XI, ``Rules for Inservice Inspection of Nuclear Reactor Coolant Systems,'' of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Boiler and Pressure Vessel (B&PV) Code to the list of documents approved for incorporation by reference; and correcting a footnote number. This final rule is necessary to inform the public of these non-substantive changes to the NRC's regulations.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Miscellaneous Corrections2014-Nov-102014-26595The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to make miscellaneous corrections. These changes include updating the address for the NRC's Public Document Room (PDR), updating a footnote, correcting mathematical errors, correcting references, correcting typographical and grammatical errors, and revising language for clarity and consistency. This final rule also makes changes to the time period by which a Federal agency must refer a debt for collection through offset, and makes conforming changes to the regulations to reflect the transfer of Mississippi to NRC Region IV.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Approval of American Society of Mechanical Engineers' Code Cases2014-Nov-052014-25491The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to incorporate by reference the latest revisions of three NRC Regulatory Guides (RGs) approving new and revised Code Cases published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. This action allows nuclear power plant licensees, and applicants for construction permits, operating licenses, combined licenses, standard design certifications, standard design approvals, and manufacturing licenses, to use the Code Cases listed in these RGs, as alternatives to engineering standards for the construction, inservice inspection, and inservice testing of nuclear power plant components. This final rule changes NRC's regulations to address a petition for rulemaking (PRM), PRM-50-89, submitted by Mr. Raymond West. The final rule also restructures the NRC's requirements governing Codes and standards to align with the Office of the Federal Register's guidelines for incorporating documents by reference. This final rule announces the availability of the final versions of the three RGs that are being incorporated by reference, and a related RG, not incorporated by reference into the NRC's regulations, that lists Code Cases that the NRC has not approved for use. For additional information on these RGs, see Section XVII, Availability of Regulatory Guides, of this document.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Definition of a Utilization Facility2014-Oct-172014-24733The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to add SHINE Medical Technologies, Inc.'s (SHINE) proposed accelerator-driven subcritical operating assemblies to the NRC's definition of a ``utilization facility.'' In 2013, SHINE submitted a two-part construction permit application for a medical radioisotope production facility that SHINE proposes to build in Janesville, Wisconsin. The proposed accelerator-driven subcritical operating assemblies, to be housed in SHINE's irradiation facility, would be used to produce molybdenum-99, a radioisotope used in medical imaging and other radioisotopes used for medical purposes. This rule allows NRC staff to conduct an efficient and effective licensing review of the SHINE construction permit application and any subsequent operating license application.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Economic Simplified Boiling-Water Reactor Design Certification2014-Oct-152014-24362The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is adopting a new rule certifying the Economic Simplified Boiling-Water Reactor (ESBWR) standard plant design. This action is necessary so that applicants or licensees intending to construct and operate an ESBWR design may do so by referencing this design certification rule (DCR). The applicant for certification of the ESBWR design is GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH).
Agriculture Department -- Revision of Delegations of Authority2014-Jul-302014-17352This document revises the delegations of authority from the Secretary of Agriculture and general officers of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to reflect changes and additions to the delegations required by the Agricultural Act of 2014, Public Law 113-79. Other additions, deletions, and changes are made as summarized below.
Commodity Futures Trading Commission -- Swap Dealer and Major Swap Participant Recordkeeping, Reporting, and Duties Rules; Futures Commission Merchant and Introducing Broker Conflicts of Interest Rules; and Chief Compliance Officer Rules for Swap Dealers, Major Swap Participants, and Futures Commission Merchants; Correction2014-Jul-152014-16583This document contains corrections to final regulations, which were published in the Federal Register of Tuesday, April 3, 2012. The regulations are related to the risk management programs of swap dealers and major swap participants.
Transportation Department -- Transparency of Airline Ancillary Fees and Other Consumer Protection Issues2014-May-232014-11993The Department is seeking comment on a number of proposals to enhance protections for air travelers and to improve the air travel environment, including a proposal to clarify and codify the Department's interpretation of the statutory definition of ``ticket agent.'' By codifying the Department's interpretation, the Department intends to ensure that all entities that manipulate fare, schedule, and availability information in response to consumer inquiries and receive a form of compensation are adhering to all of the Department's consumer protection requirements that are applicable to ticket agents such as the full-fare advertising rule and the code-share disclosure rule. This NPRM also proposes to require airlines and ticket agents to disclose at all points of sale the fees for certain basic ancillary services associated with the air transportation consumers are buying or considering buying. Currently, some consumers may be unable to understand the true cost of travel while searching for airfares, due to insufficient information concerning fees for ancillary services. The Department is addressing this problem by proposing that carriers share real-time, accurate fee information for certain optional services with ticket agents. Other proposals in this NPRM to enhance airline passenger protections include: Expanding the pool of ``reporting'' carriers; requiring enhanced reporting by mainline carriers for their domestic code-share partner operations; requiring large travel agents to adopt minimum customer service standards; codifying the statutory requirement that carriers and ticket agents disclose any airline code-share arrangements on their Web sites; and prohibiting unfair and deceptive practices such as undisclosed biasing in schedule and fare displays and post-purchase price increases. The Department is also considering whether to require ticket agents to disclose the carriers whose tickets they sell in order to avoid having consumers mistakenly believe they are searching all possible flight options for a particular city-pair market when in fact there may be other options available. Additionally, this NPRM would correct drafting errors and make minor changes to the Department's second Enhancing Airline Passenger Protections rule to conform to guidance issued by the Department's Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings (Enforcement Office) regarding its interpretation of the rule.
Treasury Department -- Integration of National Bank and Savings Association Regulations: Interagency Rules2014-May-162014-11406The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) is combining certain rules originally issued jointly with the other Federal banking agencies by the OCC with respect to national banks and by the former Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) with respect to savings associations. Specifically, the OCC is combining rules relating to consumer protection in insurance sales, Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) compliance, management interlocks, appraisals, disclosure and reporting of Community Reinvestment Act (CRA)-related agreements, and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). This rulemaking also makes technical amendments to the OCC's FCRA rule to conform to provisions of the Dodd- Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act or Act). This rulemaking will not result in any substantive changes in the combined rules. It will, however, streamline OCC rules, reduce duplication, and create efficiencies by establishing a single set of these rules for all entities supervised by the OCC.
Federal Trade Commission -- Premerger Notification; Reporting and Waiting Period Requirements2014-May-062014-09821The Commission is amending the Hart-Scott-Rodino (``HSR'') Premerger Notification Rules (the ``Rules''), and the Premerger Notification and Report Form and associated Instructions (``Form and Instructions'') to reflect the new address of the Commission's Premerger Notification Office (the ``PNO'').
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- ESBWR Design Certification2014-May-062014-10246The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its regulations to certify the Economic Simplified Boiling-Water Reactor (ESBWR) standard plant design. The proposed ESBWR design certification rule was published for public comment on March 24, 2011. The NRC is publishing this supplemental proposed rule to provide an opportunity for the public to comment on two matters. The first is proposed changes related to the analysis methodology supporting the ESBWR steam dryer design that were made after the close of the public comment period for the proposed ESBWR design certification rule. The second is the NRC's proposed clarification of its intent to treat 50 referenced documents within Revision 10 of the ESBWR design control document (DCD) as requirements and matters resolved in subsequent licensing and enforcement actions for plants referencing the ESBWR design certification. In addition, the supplemental proposed rule clarifies that the NRC intends to obtain approval for incorporation by reference from the Director of the Office of the Federal Register for the generic DCD and 20 publicly-available documents that are referenced in the DCD that are intended by the NRC to be requirements. The supplemental proposed rule does not offer an opportunity for public comment on this clarification of the NRC's intent. Finally, the supplemental proposed rule updates the version of the DCD (from Revision 9 to Revision 10) which the NRC proposes to obtain approval for incorporation by reference from the Office of the Federal Register. Revision 10 of the DCD was needed to address the previously described matters. The applicant for certification of the ESBWR design is GE- Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH).
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Performance-Based Emergency Core Cooling Systems Cladding Acceptance Criteria2014-Mar-242014-05562The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its regulations to revise the acceptance criteria for the emergency core cooling system (ECCS) for light-water nuclear power reactors. The proposed ECCS acceptance criteria are performance-based, and reflect recent research findings that identified new embrittlement mechanisms for fuel rods with zirconium alloy cladding under loss-of- coolant accident (LOCA) conditions. The proposed rule also addresses two petitions for rulemaking (PRMs) by establishing requirements applicable to all fuel types and cladding materials, and requiring the consideration of crud, oxide deposits, and hydrogen content in zirconium-based alloy fuel cladding. Further, the proposed rule contains a provision that would allow licensees to use an alternative risk-informed approach to evaluate the effects of debris for long-term cooling. The NRC is also seeking public comment on three draft regulatory guides that would support the implementation of the proposed rule.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Deliberate Misconduct Rule and Hearings on Challenges to the Immediate Effectiveness of Orders2014-Feb-112014-02570The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its regulations concerning deliberate misconduct by licensees and other persons otherwise subject to the NRC's jurisdiction (known as the ``Deliberate Misconduct Rule'') and its regulations concerning challenges to immediately effective orders issued by the NRC. This proposed rule would incorporate the concept of ``deliberate ignorance'' as an additional basis on which to take enforcement action against persons who violate any of the NRC's Deliberate Misconduct Rule provisions. The NRC is also proposing to amend its regulations regarding challenges to the immediate effectiveness of NRC enforcement orders to clarify that the NRC staff has the burden of persuasion in showing that adequate evidence supports the grounds for the order and that immediate effectiveness is warranted and to clarify the authority of the NRC's presiding officer to order live testimony in resolving these challenges.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Miscellaneous Corrections; Corrections2013-Dec-122013-29694The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published a final rule in the Federal Register on June 7, 2013, to make miscellaneous corrections to its regulations. The final rule contained minor errors in grammar, punctuation, and referencing. This document corrects the final rule by amending the sections that contain these errors.
Federal Trade Commission -- Premerger Notification; Reporting and Waiting Period Requirements2013-Nov-152013-27027The Federal Trade Commission (``Commission'' or ``FTC''), with the concurrence of the Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, Department of Justice (the ``Assistant Attorney General'' or the ``Antitrust Division'') (together the ``Agencies''), is amending the Hart-Scott-Rodino Premerger Notification Rules (the ``Rules'') in order to provide a framework for determining when a transaction involving the transfer of rights to a patent or part of a patent in the pharmaceutical, including biologics, and medicine manufacturing industry (North American Industry Classification System Industry Group 3254) (``pharmaceutical industry'') is reportable under the Hart Scott Rodino Act (``the Act,'' ``HSR Act'' or ``HSR''). This final rule defines and applies the concepts of ``all commercially significant rights,'' ``limited manufacturing rights,'' and ``co-rights'' in determining whether the rights transferred with regard to a patent or a part of a patent in the pharmaceutical industry constitute a potentially reportable asset acquisition under the Act.
Federal Trade Commission -- Premerger Notification; Reporting and Waiting Period Requirements2013-Jul-102013-16539The Commission is amending the premerger notification rules (``the Rules'') to provide a framework for the withdrawal of a premerger notification filing under the Hart Scott Rodino Act (``the Act'' or ``HSR''). The Act and Rules require the parties to certain mergers and acquisitions to file reports with the Federal Trade Commission (``the Commission'') and the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (``the Assistant Attorney General'') (collectively, ``the Agencies'') and to wait a specified period of time before consummating such transactions. The reporting and waiting period requirements are intended to enable these enforcement agencies to determine whether a proposed merger or acquisition may violate the antitrust laws if consummated and, when appropriate, to obtain effective preliminary relief in federal court to prevent consummation. This final rulemaking sets forth the procedure for voluntarily withdrawing an HSR filing, establishes when an HSR filing will be automatically withdrawn if a filing publicly announcing the termination of a transaction is made with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (``SEC'') under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and rules promulgated under that act, and sets forth the procedure for resubmitting a filing after a withdrawal without incurring an additional filing fee.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Approval of American Society of Mechanical Engineers' Code Cases2013-Jun-242013-15022The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its regulations to incorporate by reference the latest revisions of three regulatory guides (RGs) approving new and revised Code Cases published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). This proposed action would allow nuclear power plant licensees, and applicants for construction permits (CPs), operating licenses (OLs), combined licenses (COLs), standard design certifications, standard design approvals and manufacturing licenses, to use the Code Cases listed in these RGs as alternatives to engineering standards for the construction, inservice inspection (ISI), and inservice testing (IST) of nuclear power plant components. This rulemaking also includes consideration of a petition for rulemaking (PRM), PRM-50-89, submitted by Mr. Raymond West. This rulemaking also proposes resequencing NRC's requirements governing Codes and standards in order to comply with the Office of the Federal Register's (OFR) guidelines for incorporation by reference.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Miscellaneous Corrections2013-Jun-072013-13539The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to make miscellaneous corrections. These changes include updating the name of its human capital office, correcting and adding missing cross-references, correcting grammatical errors, revising language for clarity and consistency, and specifying metric units. This document is necessary to inform the public of these non-substantive changes to the NRC's regulations.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Revisions to the Petition for Rulemaking Process2013-May-032013-10117The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its regulations to streamline its process for addressing petitions for rulemaking (PRMs). The proposed amendments are intended to improve transparency and make the PRM process more efficient and effective.
Commodity Futures Trading Commission -- Confirmation, Portfolio Reconciliation, Portfolio Compression, and Swap Trading Relationship Documentation Requirements for Swap Dealers and Major Swap Participants; Correction2013-Apr-092013-08197The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is correcting a final rule published in the Federal Register of September 11, 2012 (77 FR 55904). That rule, 17 CFR 23.505, took effect on November 13, 2012. Subsequently, the CFTC published final rules in the Federal Register of December 13, 2012 (77 FR 74284), that re-codified the Commission regulation at 17 CFR 39.6 as a new Commission regulation at 17 CFR 50.50. This correction amends cross-references in 17 CFR 23.505 to conform them with the final rules published on December 13, 2012.
Federal Trade Commission -- Premerger Notification; Reporting and Waiting Period Requirements2013-Feb-142013-02821The Commission is proposing amendments to the premerger notification rules (``the Rules'') to provide a framework for the withdrawal of a premerger notification filing under the Hart Scott Rodino Act (``the Act'' or ``HSR''). The Act and Rules require the parties to certain mergers and acquisitions to file reports with the Federal Trade Commission (``the Commission'') and the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (``the Assistant Attorney General'') (collectively, ``the Agencies'') and to wait a specified period of time before consummating such transactions. The reporting and waiting period requirements are intended to enable these enforcement agencies to determine whether a proposed merger or acquisition may violate the antitrust laws if consummated and, when appropriate, to seek a preliminary injunction in federal court to prevent consummation. This proposed rulemaking sets forth the procedure for voluntarily withdrawing an HSR filing, establishes when an HSR filing will be automatically withdrawn after an electronically submitted filing publicly announcing the termination of a transaction is made with the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission (``SEC'') under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and rules promulgated under that act, and sets forth the procedure for resubmitting a filing after a withdrawal with no additional filing fee.
Commodity Futures Trading Commission -- Confirmation, Portfolio Reconciliation, Portfolio Compression, and Swap Trading Relationship Documentation Requirements for Swap Dealers and Major Swap Participants2012-Sep-112012-21414The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (Commission or CFTC) is adopting regulations to implement certain provisions of Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd- Frank Act). Section 731 of the Dodd-Frank Act added a new section 4s(i) to the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA), which requires the Commission to prescribe standards for swap dealers (SDs) and major swap participants (MSPs) related to the timely and accurate confirmation, processing, netting, documentation, and valuation of swaps. These regulations set forth requirements for swap confirmation, portfolio reconciliation, portfolio compression, and swap trading relationship documentation for SDs and MSPs.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Requirements for Maintenance of Inspections, Tests, Analyses, and Acceptance Criteria2012-Aug-282012-21207The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or the Commission) is amending its regulations related to verification of nuclear power plant construction activities through inspections, tests, analyses, and acceptance criteria (ITAAC) under a combined license, and issuing a revision to Regulatory Guide (RG) 1.215, ``Guidance for ITAAC Closure Under 10 CFR [Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations] Part 52.'' The final rule contains new provisions that apply after a licensee has completed an ITAAC and submitted an ITAAC closure notification. The new provisions require licensees to report new information materially altering the basis for determining that inspections, tests, or analyses were performed as required, or that acceptance criteria are met, and to notify the NRC of the completion of all ITAAC activities. In addition, the NRC is including editorial corrections to existing language in the NRC's regulations to make that language consistent with language in the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (AEA). Regulatory Guide 1.215 describes a method that the staff of the NRC considers acceptable for use in satisfying the requirements for documenting the completion of ITAAC.
Federal Trade Commission -- Premerger Notification; Reporting and Waiting Period Requirements2012-Aug-202012-20192The Commission is proposing amendments to the premerger notification rules (``the Rules'') to provide a framework for determining when a transaction involving the transfer of rights to a patent in the pharmaceutical, including biologics, and medicine manufacturing industry (North American Industry Classification System Industry Group 3254) (``pharmaceutical industry'') is reportable under the Hart Scott Rodino Act (``the Act'' or ``HSR''). The Act and Rules require the parties to certain mergers and acquisitions to file reports with the Federal Trade Commission (``the Commission'') and the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (``the Assistant Attorney General'') (collectively, ``the Agencies'') and to wait a specified period of time before consummating such transactions. The reporting and waiting period requirements are intended to enable these enforcement agencies to determine whether a proposed merger or acquisition may violate the antitrust laws if consummated and, when appropriate, to seek a preliminary injunction in federal court to prevent consummation. This proposed rulemaking uses the concept of ``all commercially significant rights'' as the basis to determine whether there is a transfer of exclusive rights to a patent in the pharmaceutical industry resulting in an asset acquisition that may be reportable under the Act.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Amendments to Adjudicatory Process Rules and Related Requirements2012-Aug-032012-18278The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or the Commission) is amending its adjudicatory rules of practice. This rule makes changes to the NRC's adjudicatory process that the NRC believes will promote fairness, efficiency, and openness in NRC adjudicatory proceedings. This rule also corrects errors and omissions that have been identified since the major revisions to the NRC's rules of practice in early 2004.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Receipts-Based, Small Business Size Standard2012-Jul-032012-16252The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or the Commission) is amending the size standard that it uses to qualify an NRC licensee as a ``small entity'' under the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980, as amended. The NRC is increasing its receipts-based, small business size standard from $6.5 million to $7 million to conform to the standard set by the Small Business Administration (SBA). This size standard reflects the most commonly used SBA size standard for nonmanufacturing industries. The SBA adjusted this standard on July 18, 2008 (73 FR 41237), to account for inflation.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Receipts-Based, Small Business Size Standard2012-Jul-032012-16258The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or the Commission) is proposing to amend the size standard that it uses to qualify an NRC licensee as a ``small entity'' under the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980, as amended. The NRC is proposing to increase its receipts-based, small business size standard from $6.5 million to $7 million to conform to the standard set by the Small Business Administration (SBA). This size standard reflects the most commonly used SBA size standard for nonmanufacturing industries. The SBA adjusted this standard on July 18, 2008 (73 FR 41237), to account for inflation.
Commodity Futures Trading Commission -- Swap Dealer and Major Swap Participant Recordkeeping, Reporting, and Duties Rules; Futures Commission Merchant and Introducing Broker Conflicts of Interest Rules; and Chief Compliance Officer Rules for Swap Dealers, Major Swap Participants, and Futures Commission Merchants2012-Apr-032012-5317The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (Commission or CFTC) is adopting regulations to implement certain provisions of Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd- Frank Act). These regulations set forth reporting and recordkeeping requirements and daily trading records requirements for swap dealers (SDs) and major swap participants (MSPs). These regulations also set forth certain duties imposed upon SDs and MSPs registered with the Commission with regard to: Risk management procedures; monitoring of trading to prevent violations of applicable position limits; diligent supervision; business continuity and disaster recovery; disclosure and the ability of regulators to obtain general information; and antitrust considerations. In addition, these regulations establish conflicts-of- interest requirements for SDs, MSPs, futures commission merchants (FCMs), and introducing brokers (IBs) with regard to firewalls between research and trading and between clearing and trading. Finally, these regulations also require each FCM, SD, and MSP to designate a chief compliance officer, prescribe qualifications and duties of the chief compliance officer, and require that the chief compliance officer prepare, certify, and furnish to the Commission an annual report containing an assessment of the registrant's compliance activities.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Codes and New and Revised ASME Code Cases; Corrections2012-Jan-232012-1212The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is correcting the preamble, or statements of consideration (SOC), and the codified text in a final rule that was published in the Federal Register on June 21, 2011 (76 FR 36232). The final rule amended the NRC's regulations to incorporate by reference various editions and addenda to the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel (B&PV) Code, and the ASME Code for Operation and Maintenance of Nuclear Power Plants (OM Code). The final rule also incorporated by reference (with conditions on their use) ASME B&PV Code Cases N-722-1 and N-770-1. This document is necessary to correct typographical, formatting, and punctuation errors.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- AP1000 Design Certification Amendment2011-Dec-302011-33266The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or Commission) is amending its regulations to certify an amendment to the AP1000 standard plant design. The amendment replaces the combined license (COL) information items and design acceptance criteria (DAC) with specific design information, addresses the effects of the impact of a large commercial aircraft, incorporates design improvements, and increases standardization of the design. This action is necessary so that applicants or licensees intending to construct and operate an AP1000 design may do so by referencing this regulation (AP1000 design certification rule (DCR)), and need not demonstrate in their applications the safety of the certified design as amended. The applicant for this amendment to the AP1000 design is Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC (Westinghouse).
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- U.S. Advanced Boiling Water Reactor Aircraft Impact Design Certification Amendment2011-Dec-162011-31906The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or the Commission) is amending its regulations to certify an amendment to the U.S. Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (U.S. ABWR) standard plant design to comply with the NRC's aircraft impact assessment (AIA) regulations. This action allows applicants or licensees intending to construct and operate a U.S. ABWR to comply with the NRC's AIA regulations by referencing the amended design certification rule (DCR). The applicant for certification of the amendment to the U.S. ABWR design is STP Nuclear Operating Company (STPNOC).
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Enhancements to Emergency Preparedness Regulations2011-Nov-232011-29735The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or the Commission) is amending certain emergency preparedness (EP) requirements in its regulations that govern domestic licensing of production and utilization facilities. The final rule adds a conforming provision in the regulations that govern licenses, certifications, and approvals for new nuclear power plants. The final rule codifies certain voluntary protective measures contained in NRC Bulletin 2005-02, ``Emergency Preparedness and Response Actions for Security-Based Events,'' and generically applicable requirements similar to those previously imposed by Commission orders. In addition, the final rule amends other licensee emergency plan requirements based on a comprehensive review of the NRC's EP regulations and guidance. The requirements enhance the ability of licensees in preparing to take and taking certain EP and protective measures in the event of a radiological emergency; address, in part, security issues identified after the terrorist events of September 11, 2001; clarify regulations to effect consistent emergency plan implementation among licensees; and modify certain EP requirements to be more effective and efficient.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Miscellaneous Administrative Changes2011-Nov-222011-29669The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or the Commission) is amending its regulations to make miscellaneous administrative changes, including updating the street address for its Region IV office and correcting an authority citation and typographical and spelling errors, and other edits and conforming changes. This document is necessary to inform the public of these changes to the NRC's regulations.
Commodity Futures Trading Commission -- Swap Transaction Compliance and Implementation Schedule: Trading Documentation and Margining Requirements Under Section 4s of the CEA2011-Sep-202011-24128The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (Commission or CFTC) is proposing regulations that would establish a schedule to phase in compliance with previously proposed requirements, including the swap trading relationship documentation requirement under proposed 17 CFR 23.6715-FR-76 (Feb. 8, 2011) and the margin requirements for uncleared swaps under proposed 17 CFR 23.150 through 23.2373-FR-762 (Apr. 28, 2011). This release is a continuation of those rulemakings. The proposed schedules would provide relief in the form of additional time for compliance with these requirements. This relief is intended to facilitate the transition to the new regulatory regime established by the Dodd-Frank Act in an orderly manner that does not unduly disrupt markets and transactions. The Commission is requesting comment on the proposed compliance schedules, Sec. Sec. 23.175 and 23.575, described in this release.
Treasury Department -- Office of Thrift Supervision Integration Pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act2011-Aug-092011-17581Pursuant to Title III of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, all functions of the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) relating to Federal savings associations and the rulemaking authority of the OTS relating to all savings associations are transferred to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) on July 21, 2011 (transfer date). In order to facilitate the OCC's enforcement and administration of former OTS rules and to make appropriate changes to these rules to reflect OCC supervision of Federal savings associations as of the transfer date, the OCC is republishing, with nomenclature and other technical changes, the OTS regulations currently found in Chapter V of Title 12 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The republished regulations will be recodified with the OCC's regulations in Chapter I at parts 100 through 197 (Republished Regulations), effective on July 21, 2011. The Republished Regulations will supersede the OTS regulations in Chapter V for purposes of OCC supervision and regulation of Federal savings associations, and certain of the Republished Rules will supersede the OTS regulations in Chapter V for purposes of the FDIC's supervision of state savings associations. Chapter V of Title 12 of the Code of Federal Regulations will be vacated at a later date.
Federal Trade Commission -- Premerger Notification; Reporting and Waiting Period Requirements2011-Jul-192011-17822The Federal Trade Commission (``Commission'' or ``FTC'') is amending the Hart-Scott-Rodino (``HSR'') Premerger Notification Rules (the ``Rules''), the Premerger Notification and Report Form (the ``Form'') and associated Instructions in order to streamline the Form and capture new information that will help the FTC and the Antitrust Division, Department of Justice (together the ``Agencies'') conduct their initial review of a proposed transaction's competitive impact. The FTC is making substantive and ministerial revisions, deletions and additions to streamline the Form and make it easier to prepare while focusing the Form on those categories of information the Agencies consider necessary for their initial review. The FTC is also amending certain Rules and parts of the Form and Instructions, as well as adding Items 4(d), 6(c)(ii) and 7(d), in order to capture additional information that would significantly assist the Agencies in their initial review. Finally, minor changes are being made to address minor omissions from the FTC's 2005 rulemaking involving unincorporated entities and to remove the reference to the 2001 transition period.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Codes and New and Revised ASME Code Cases2011-Jun-212011-14652The NRC is amending its regulations to incorporate by reference the 2005 Addenda (July 1, 2005) and 2006 Addenda (July 1, 2006) to the 2004 ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section III, Division 1; 2007 ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section III, Division 1, 2007 Edition (July 1, 2007), with 2008a Addenda (July 1, 2008); 2005 Addenda (July 1, 2005) and 2006 Addenda (July 1, 2006) to the 2004 ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section XI, Division 1; 2007 ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section XI, Division 1, 2007 Edition (July 1, 2007), with 2008a Addenda (July 1, 2008); and 2005 Addenda, ASME OMa Code-2005 (approved July 8, 2005) and 2006 Addenda, ASME OMb Code-2006 (approved July 6, 2006) to the 2004 ASME Code for Operation and Maintenance of Nuclear Power Plants (OM Code). The NRC is also incorporating by reference (with conditions on their use) ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Case N-722-1, ``Additional Examinations for PWR Pressure Retaining Welds in Class 1 Components Fabricated with Alloy 600/82/182 Materials, Section XI, Division 1,'' Supplement 8, ASME approval date: January 26, 2009, and ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Case N-770-1, ``Alternative Examination Requirements and Acceptance Standards for Class 1 PWR Piping and Vessel Nozzle Butt Welds Fabricated With UNS N06082 or UNS W86182 Weld Filler Material With or Without Application of Listed Mitigation Activities, Section XI, Division 1,'' ASME approval date: December 25, 2009.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Decommissioning Planning2011-Jun-172011-14267The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or the Commission) is amending its regulations to improve decommissioning planning and thereby reduce the likelihood that any current operating facility will become a legacy site. The amended regulations require licensees to conduct their operations to minimize the introduction of residual radioactivity into the site, which includes the site's subsurface soil and groundwater. Licensees also may be required to perform site surveys to determine whether residual radioactivity is present in subsurface areas and to keep records of these surveys with records important for decommissioning. The amended regulations require licensees to report additional details in their decommissioning cost estimate (DCE), eliminate the escrow account and line of credit as approved financial assurance mechanisms, and modify other financial assurance requirements. The amended regulations require decommissioning power reactor licensees to report additional information on the costs of decommissioning and spent fuel management.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Requirements for Maintenance of Inspections, Tests, Analyses, and Acceptance Criteria2011-May-132011-11679The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or the Commission) is proposing to amend its regulations related to verification of nuclear power plant construction activities through inspections, tests, analyses, and acceptance criteria (ITAAC) under a combined license. Specifically, the NRC is proposing new provisions that apply after a licensee has completed an ITAAC and submitted an ITAAC closure notification. The new provisions would require licensees to report new information materially altering the basis for determining that either inspections, tests, or analyses were performed as required, or that acceptance criteria are met, and to notify the NRC of completion of all ITAAC activities. In addition, the NRC is proposing editorial corrections to existing language in the NRC's regulations to correct and clarify ambiguous language and make it consistent with language in the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (AEA).
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- ESBWR Design Certification2011-Mar-242011-6839The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or Commission) proposes to amend its regulations to certify the Economic Simplified Boiling-Water Reactor (ESBWR) standard plant design. This action is necessary so that applicants or licensees intending to construct and operate an ESBWR design may do so by referencing this design certification rule (DCR). The applicant for certification of the ESBWR design is GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH). The public is invited to submit comments on this proposed DCR, the generic design control document (DCD) that would be incorporated by reference into the DCR, and the environmental assessment (EA) for the ESBWR design.
Commodity Futures Trading Commission -- Requirements for Processing, Clearing, and Transfer of Customer Positions2011-Mar-102011-4707The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (Commission) is proposing regulations to implement Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act). Proposed regulations would establish the time frame for a swap dealer (SD), major swap participant (MSP), futures commission merchant (FCM), swap execution facility (SEF), and designated contract market (DCM) to submit contracts, agreements, or transactions to a derivatives clearing organization (DCO) for clearing. Proposed regulations also would facilitate compliance with DCO Core Principle C (Participant and Product Eligibility) in connection with standards for cleared products and the prompt and efficient processing of all contracts, agreements, and transactions submitted for clearing. The Commission is further proposing related regulations implementing SEF Core Principle 7 (Financial Integrity of Transactions) and DCM Core Principle 11 (Financial Integrity of Transactions), requiring coordination with DCOs in the development of rules and procedures to facilitate clearing. Additionally, the Commission is proposing a regulation to implement DCO Core Principle F (Treatment of Funds), requiring a DCO, upon customer request, to promptly transfer customer positions and related funds from one clearing member to another, without requiring the close-out and re- booking of the positions.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Amendments to Adjudicatory Process Rules and Related Requirements2011-Feb-282011-4345The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or the Commission) is proposing to amend its adjudicatory rules of practice. This proposed rule would make changes to the NRC's adjudicatory process that NRC believes will promote fairness, efficiency, and openness in NRC adjudicatory proceedings. This proposed rule would also correct errors and omissions that have been identified since the major revisions to the NRC's Rules of Practice in early 2004.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- AP1000 Design Certification Amendment2011-Feb-242011-3989The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or Commission) proposes to amend its regulations to certify an amendment to the AP1000 standard plant design. The purpose of the amendment is to replace the combined license (COL) information items and design acceptance criteria (DAC) with specific design information, address the effects of the impact of a large commercial aircraft, incorporate design improvements, and increase standardization of the design. Upon NRC rulemaking approval of its amendment to the AP1000 design, an applicant seeking an NRC license to construct and operate a nuclear power reactor using the AP1000 design need not demonstrate in its application the safety of the certified design. The applicant for this amendment to the AP1000 certified design is Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC (Westinghouse). The public is invited to submit comments on this proposed design certification rule (DCR), the revised generic design control document (DCD) that would be incorporated by reference into the DCR, and the environmental assessment (EA) for this amendment to the AP1000 design.
Commodity Futures Trading Commission -- Swap Trading Relationship Documentation Requirements for Swap Dealers and Major Swap Participants2011-Feb-082011-2643The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (Commission or CFTC) is proposing regulations to implement new statutory provisions established under Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act). Section 731 of the Dodd-Frank Act added a new section 4s(i) to the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA), which requires the Commission to prescribe standards for swap dealers and major swap participants related to the timely and accurate confirmation, processing, netting, documentation, and valuation of swaps. The proposed rules would establish requirements for swap trading relationship documentation for swap dealers and major swap participants.
Commodity Futures Trading Commission -- Orderly Liquidation Termination Provision in Swap Trading Relationship Documentation for Swap Dealers and Major Swap Participants2011-Feb-082011-2642The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (Commission or CFTC) is proposing regulations to implement new statutory provisions established under Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act). Section 731 of the Dodd-Frank Act added a new section 4s(i) to the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA), which requires the Commission to prescribe standards for swap dealers and major swap participants related to the timely and accurate confirmation, processing, netting, documentation, and valuation of swaps. The proposed rule would set forth parameters for the inclusion of an orderly liquidation termination provision in the swap trading relationship documentation for swap dealers and major swap participants.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- U.S. Advanced Boiling Water Reactor Aircraft Impact Design Certification Amendment2011-Jan-202011-993The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or the Commission) proposes to amend its regulations to certify an amendment to the U.S. Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) standard plant design to comply with the NRC's aircraft impact assessment (AIA) regulations. This action would allow applicants or licensees intending to construct and operate a U.S. ABWR to comply with the NRC's AIA regulations by referencing the amended design certification rule (DCR). The applicant for certification of the amendment to the U.S. ABWR design is STP Nuclear Operating Company (STPNOC). The public is invited to submit comments on this proposed DCR, the STPNOC design control document (DCD) that would be incorporated by reference into the DCR, and the environmental assessment (EA) for the amendment to the U.S. ABWR design. The public is also invited to submit comments on the NRC's proposed approach for treating multiple suppliers of a single certified design.
Commodity Futures Trading Commission -- Confirmation, Portfolio Reconciliation, and Portfolio Compression Requirements for Swap Dealers and Major Swap Participants2010-Dec-282010-32264The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (Commission or CFTC) is proposing regulations to implement new statutory provisions established under Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act). Section 731 of the Dodd-Frank Act added a new section 4s(i) to the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA), which requires the Commission to prescribe standards for swap dealers and major swap participants related to the timely and accurate confirmation, processing, netting, documentation, and valuation of swaps. The proposed rules would establish requirements for swap confirmation, portfolio reconciliation, and portfolio compression for swap dealers and major swap participants.
Commodity Futures Trading Commission -- Business Conduct Standards for Swap Dealers and Major Swap Participants With Counterparties2010-Dec-222010-31588The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (``Commission'' or ``CFTC'') is proposing for comment new rules under Section 4s(h) of the Commodity Exchange Act (``CEA'') to implement provisions of Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (``Dodd-Frank Act'') relating generally to external business conduct standards for swap dealers and major swap participants.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Domestic Licensing of Production and Utilization Facilities; Updates to Incorporation by Reference of Regulatory Guides; Correction2010-Dec-102010-31084This document corrects a final rule that was published in the Federal Register on October 5, 2010 (75 FR 61321). The final rule amends the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) regulations to incorporate by reference the latest revisions of two previously incorporated regulatory guides. This document is necessary to add a line of regulatory text that was inadvertently omitted from the final rule.
Commodity Futures Trading Commission -- Reporting, Recordkeeping, and Daily Trading Records Requirements for Swap Dealers and Major Swap Participants2010-Dec-092010-30884The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (Commission or CFTC) is proposing regulations to implement new statutory provisions established under Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act). Section 731 of the Dodd-Frank Act added new sections 4s(f) and (g) to the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA), which set forth reporting and recordkeeping requirements and daily trading records requirements for swap dealers and major swap participants. The proposed rules would establish the regulatory standards for compliance with these new sections of the CEA.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Miscellaneous Administrative Changes2010-Nov-302010-29735The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or the Commission) is amending its regulations to make miscellaneous administrative changes, including an update of the list of Agreement and Non-Agreement States, the merging of the Region II materials program with that of Region I, the correction of office titles associated with the Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards and the Office of Federal and State Materials and Environmental Management Programs, the inclusion of references to new Executive Order (E.O.) 13526, and other edits, corrections, and conforming changes. This document is necessary to inform the public of these changes to the NRC's regulations.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Alternate Fracture Toughness Requirements for Protection Against Pressurized Thermal Shock Events; Correction2010-Nov-262010-29757On January 3, 2010, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or Commission) published in the Federal Register a final rule (75 FR 13) that amends the NRC's regulations in Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR) part 50, section 61a to provide alternate fracture toughness requirements for protection against pressurized thermal shock (PTS) events for pressurized water reactor (PWR) pressure vessels. On February 3, 2010, the NRC published in the Federal Register a correction to the final rule (75 FR 5495) to correct formatting and typographical errors. This document is necessary to further correct a typographical error that appears in the correction document.
Commodity Futures Trading Commission -- Regulations Establishing and Governing the Duties of Swap Dealers and Major Swap Participants2010-Nov-232010-29009The Commodity Futures Trading Commission is proposing regulations to implement new statutory provisions enacted by Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The proposed regulations set forth certain duties imposed upon swap dealers and major swap participants registered with the Commission with regard to: Risk management procedures; monitoring of trading to prevent violations of applicable position limits; diligent supervision; business continuity and disaster recovery; disclosure and the ability of regulators to obtain general information; and antitrust considerations. The proposed regulations would implement the new statutory framework of section 4s(j) of the Commodity Exchange Act, added by section 731 of the Dodd-Frank Act, excepting regulations related to conflicts of interest pursuant to section 4s(j)(5), which will be addressed in a separate rulemaking. These regulations set forth certain duties with which swap dealers and major swap participants must comply to maintain registration as a swap dealer or major swap participant.
Commodity Futures Trading Commission -- Implementation of Conflicts of Interest Policies and Procedures by Swap Dealers and Major Swap Participants2010-Nov-232010-29006The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (Commission or CFTC) is proposing rules to implement new statutory provisions enacted by Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act). The proposed regulations establish conflicts of interest requirements for swap dealers (SDs) and major swap participants (MSPs) for the purpose of ensuring that such persons implement adequate policies and procedures in compliance with the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA), as amended by the Dodd-Frank Act.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Domestic Licensing of Production and Utilization Facilities; Updates to Incorporation by Reference of Regulatory Guide2010-Oct-052010-24814The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to incorporate by reference the latest revisions of two previously incorporated regulatory guides (RGs) approving new and revised Code Cases published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The RGs which are incorporated by reference are RG 1.84, ``Design, Fabrication, and Materials Code Case Acceptability, ASME Section III,'' Revision 35, and RG 1.147, ``Inservice Inspection Code Case Acceptability, ASME Section XI, Division 1,'' Revision 16. This action allows nuclear power plant licensees, and applicants for standard design certifications, standard design approvals, and manufacturing licenses under the regulations that govern license certifications, and approves the nuclear power plants to use the Code Cases listed in these RGs as alternatives to requirements in the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel (BPV) Code regarding the construction and inservice inspection (ISI) of nuclear power plant components. Concurrent with this action, the NRC is publishing a notice of the issuance and availability of the RGs in the Federal Register. As a result of these related actions, the Code Cases listed in these RGs are incorporated by reference into the NRC's regulations and are deemed to be legally-binding NRC requirements.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Codes and New and Revised ASME Code Cases2010-May-042010-9700The NRC proposes to amend its regulations to incorporate by reference the 2005 Addenda through 2008 Addenda of Section III, Division 1, and the 2005 Addenda through 2008 Addenda of Section XI, Division 1, of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (ASME B&PV Code); and the 2005 Addenda and 2006 Addenda of the ASME Code for Operation and Maintenance of Nuclear Power Plants (ASME OM Code). The NRC also proposes to incorporate by reference ASME Code Case N-722-1, ``Additional Examinations for PWR Pressure Retaining Welds in Class 1 Components Fabricated With Alloy 600/82/182 Materials Section XI, Division 1,'' and Code Case N-770, ``Alternative Examination Requirements and Acceptance Standards for Class 1 PWR [Pressurized- Water Reactor] Piping and Vessel Nozzle Butt Welds Fabricated with UNS N06082 or UNS W86182 Weld Filler Material with or without Application of Listed Mitigation Activities.''
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Alternate Fracture Toughness Requirements for Protection Against Pressurized Thermal Shock Events; Correcting Amendment2010-Mar-082010-4846The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is revising its regulations to add a table that was inadvertently omitted in a correction document published on February 3, 2010 (75 FR 5495). The February 3, 2010 document corrected a final rule published on January 4, 2010 (75 FR 13), that amends the NRC's regulations to provide alternate fracture toughness requirements for protection against pressurized thermal shock (PTS) events for pressurized water reactor (PWR) pressure vessels.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Alternate Fracture Toughness Requirements for Protection Against Pressurized Thermal Shock Events2010-Jan-049-31146The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to provide alternate fracture toughness requirements for protection against pressurized thermal shock (PTS) events for pressurized water reactor (PWR) pressure vessels. This final rule provides alternate PTS requirements based on updated analysis methods. This action is desirable because the existing requirements are based on unnecessarily conservative probabilistic fracture mechanics analyses. This action reduces regulatory burden for those PWR licensees who expect to exceed the existing requirements before the expiration of their licenses, while maintaining adequate safety, and may choose to comply with the final rule as an alternative to complying with the existing requirements.
Federal Maritime Commission -- Recodification of the Shipping Act as Positive Law2009-Oct-019-22659This rule amends Commission regulations to reflect the codification of the Shipping Act as positive law. No substantive change is involved.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Performance-Based Emergency Core Cooling System Acceptance Criteria2009-Aug-139-19423This advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) presents a conceptual approach that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering in a rulemaking effort to revise the acceptance criteria for emergency core cooling systems (ECCSs) for light-water nuclear power reactors as currently required by NRC regulations that govern domestic licensing of production and utilization facilities. Revised ECCS acceptance criteria would reflect recent research findings that indicate the current criteria should be re-evaluated for all fuel cladding materials in all potential conditions. Further, the NRC is considering an approach that would expand the applicability of the rule to all current and future cladding materials, modify the reporting requirements, and address the issues raised in a petition for rulemaking (PRM) regarding crud and oxide deposits and hydrogen content in fuel cladding. With this ANPR, the NRC seeks comment on specific questions and issues for consideration related to this proposed conceptual approach to revising the ECCS acceptance criteria.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Risk-Informed Changes to Loss-of-Coolant Accident Technical Requirements2009-Aug-109-18547The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its regulations that govern domestic licensing of production and utilization facilities and licenses, certifications, and approvals for nuclear power plants to allow current and certain future power reactor licensees and applicants to choose to implement a risk-informed alternative to the current requirements for analyzing the performance of emergency core cooling systems (ECCS) during loss-of-coolant accidents (LOCAs). The proposed amendments would also establish procedures and acceptance criteria for evaluating certain changes in plant design and operation based upon the results of the new analyses of ECCS performance.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Industry Codes and Standards; Amended Requirements2009-Aug-059-18549The NRC is proposing to amend its regulation governing vessel head inspection requirements. This amendment would revise the upper range of the percentage of axial flaws permitted in a specimen set used in the qualification of nondestructive examination systems (procedures, personnel and equipment), for the performance of inservice inspection (ISI) of pressurized water reactor (PWR) upper reactor vessel head penetrations. This amendment is being proposed as a result of the withdrawal of a stakeholder's recommendation necessitated by a typographical error in the original recommendation with respect to the maximum percentage of flaws that should be oriented axially.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Industry Codes and Standards; Amended Requirements2009-Aug-059-18546The NRC is amending its regulations governing vessel head inspection requirements. This amendment revises the upper range of the percentage of axial flaws permitted in a specimen set used for the qualification of nondestructive examination systems (procedures, personnel and equipment), which are used in the performance of inservice inspection (ISI) of pressurized water reactor (PWR) upper vessel head penetrations. This amendment is being made as a result of the withdrawal of a stakeholder's recommendation necessitated by a typographical error in the original recommendation with respect to the maximum percentage of flaws that should be oriented axially.
Agriculture Department -- Rules of Practice for Certain Adjudicatory Proceedings; Possession, Use, and Transfer of Select Agents and Toxins2009-Jul-099-16195We are amending the administrative regulations of the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture to provide that the rules of practice contained in those regulations shall be applicable to adjudicatory proceedings under the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's regulations pertaining to the possession, use, and transfer of select agents and toxins. This final rule is necessary to clarify the rules of practice that will apply to the adjudication of a violation of regulations pertaining to the regulation of select agents and toxins.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Consideration of Aircraft Impacts for New Nuclear Power Reactors2009-Jun-129-13582The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or the Commission) is amending its regulations to require applicants for new nuclear power reactors to perform a design-specific assessment of the effects of the impact of a large, commercial aircraft. The applicant is required to use realistic analyses to identify and incorporate design features and functional capabilities to show, with reduced use of operator actions, that either the reactor core remains cooled or the containment remains intact, and either spent fuel cooling or spent fuel pool integrity is maintained. These requirements apply to applicants for new construction permits; new operating licenses that reference a new construction permit; new standard design certifications; renewal of any of the four existing design certifications if the design has not previously been amended to comply with the rule; new standard design approvals; manufacturing licenses that don't reference a standard design certification or standard design approval, or that reference a standard design certification issued before the effective date of the rule which has not been amended to comply with the rule; and combined licenses that don't reference a standard design certification, standard design approval, or manufactured reactor, or that reference a standard design certification issued before the effective date of the rule which has not been amended to comply with the rule. In addition, these amendments contain requirements for control of changes to any design features or functional capabilities credited to show that the facility can withstand the effects of an aircraft impact.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Incorporation by Reference of Regulatory Guide 1.84, Revision 35, and Regulatory Guide 1.147, Revision 16, Into 10 CFR 50.55a2009-Jun-029-12751The NRC is proposing to amend its regulations to incorporate by reference the latest revisions of two regulatory guides (RG) that would approve new and revised code cases published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). These are RG 1.84, ``Design, Fabrication, and Materials Code Case Acceptability, ASME Section III,'' Revision 35, and RG 1.147, ``Inservice Inspection Code Case Acceptability, ASME Section XI, Division 1,'' Revision 16. This action would allow the use of the code cases listed in these RGs as alternatives to requirements in the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel (BPV) Code regarding the construction and inservice inspection (ISI) of nuclear power plant components. Concurrent with this action, the NRC is publishing a notice of the issuance and availability of the RGs in the Federal Register.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Enhancements to Emergency Preparedness Regulations2009-May-189-10947The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or Commission) is proposing to amend certain emergency preparedness (EP) requirements in its regulations that govern domestic licensing of production and utilization facilities. A conforming provision would also be added in the regulations that govern licenses, certifications, and approvals for new nuclear power plants. The proposed amendments would codify certain voluntary protective measures contained in NRC Bulletin 2005-02, ``Emergency Preparedness and Response Actions for Security-Based Events,'' and other generically applicable requirements similar to those previously imposed by Commission orders. They would also amend other licensee emergency plan requirements based on a comprehensive review of the NRC's EP regulations and guidance. The proposed requirements would enhance the ability of licensees in preparing to take and taking certain emergency preparedness and protective measures in the event of a radiological emergency; address, in part, security issues identified after the terrorist events of September 11, 2001; clarify regulations to effect consistent emergency plan implementation among licensees; and modify certain EP requirements to be more effective and efficient.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Power Reactor Security Requirements2009-Mar-279-6102The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its security regulations and adding new security requirements pertaining to nuclear power reactors. This rulemaking establishes and updates generically applicable security requirements similar to those previously imposed by Commission orders issued after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Additionally, this rulemaking adds several new requirements not derived directly from the security order requirements but developed as a result of insights gained from implementation of the security orders, review of site security plans, implementation of the enhanced baseline inspection program, and NRC evaluation of force-on-force exercises. This rulemaking also updates the NRC's security regulatory framework for the licensing of new nuclear power plants. Finally, it resolves three petitions for rulemaking (PRM) that were considered during the development of the final rule.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Regulatory Changes To Implement the Additional Protocol to the US/IAEA Safeguards Agreement2008-Dec-238-30054The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to implement the Protocol Additional to the Agreement Between the United States of America and the International Atomic Energy Agency for the Application of Safeguards in the United States of America (Additional Protocol). The Additional Protocol requires the U.S. to report additional information on various nuclear fuel cycle- related activities and to provide the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) with access to those locations beyond the information currently reported for nuclear facilities under the existing Agreement Between the United States of America and the International Atomic Energy Agency for the Application of Safeguards in the United States of America (Safeguards Agreement). The amended regulations codify the requirement for certain NRC and Agreement State licensees to report information and provide access under the Additional Protocol that are currently not subject to inspections or reporting under the Safeguards Agreement. These amendments enable the U.S. Government to meet its obligations related to the Safeguards Agreement and the Additional Protocol.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Protection of Safeguards Information2008-Oct-248-24904The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations for the protection of Safeguards Information (SGI) to protect SGI from inadvertent release and unauthorized disclosure which might compromise the security of nuclear facilities and materials. The amendments modify the requirements for the protection of SGI with respect to persons, information, and materials subject to the regulations, as well as those that are not. These amendments are within the scope of Commission authority under the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (AEA). The NRC published a proposed rule on SGI on February 11, 2005, and published a revised proposed rule on October 31, 2006, to allow for public comment on changes to the proposed rule text made for the following reasons: In response to public comments, to reflect amendments to the AEA in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct), and to reflect Commission Orders issued to licensees authorized to possess and transfer items containing certain quantities of radioactive material. The NRC is now publishing this final rule, in which the NRC is responding to the comments that have been received and is making appropriate changes to the text of the revised proposed rule.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Technical Specifications-Restoring the Original Paragraph Designations2008-Sep-248-22355The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to resolve an administrative issue raised in a petition for rulemaking (PRM) submitted by the Strategic Teaming and Resource Sharing (STARS) Integrated Regulatory Affairs Group (PRM-50-91). In this final rule, the NRC is restoring the original paragraph designations as existed in 10 CFR 50.36 before the 2007 Part 52 final rulemaking. This final rule eliminates the need for licensees to expend resources on administrative redesignations that have no safety benefit.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Adjustment of Civil Penalties for Inflation2008-Sep-238-22172The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to adjust the maximum Civil Monetary Penalties (CMPs) it can assess under statutes within the jurisdiction of the NRC. These changes were mandated by Congress in the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996. The NRC is amending its regulations to adjust the maximum CMP for a violation of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, (AEA) or any regulation or order issued under the AEA from $130,000 to $140,000 per violation per day. Further, the provisions concerning program fraud civil penalties are being amended by adjusting the maximum CMP under the Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act from $6,000 to $7,000 for each false claim or statement.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Industry Codes and Standards; Amended Requirements2008-Sep-108-20624The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to incorporate by reference the 2004 Edition of Section III, Division 1, and Section XI, Division 1, of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (BPV Code), and the 2004 Edition of the ASME Code for Operation and Maintenance of Nuclear Power Plants (OM Code) to provide updated rules for constructing and inspecting components and testing pumps, valves, and dynamic restraints (snubbers) in light-water nuclear power plants. The NRC also is incorporating by reference ASME Code Cases N-722, ``Additional Examinations for PWR [pressurized water reactor (PWR)] Pressure Retaining Welds in Class 1 Components Fabricated with Alloy 600/82/182 Materials, Section XI, Division 1,'' and N-729-1, ``Alternative Examination Requirements for PWR Reactor Vessel Upper Heads With Nozzles Having Pressure-Retaining Partial-Penetration Welds, Section XI, Division 1,'' both with conditions. The amendment also removes certain obsolete requirements specified in the NRC's regulations. This action is in accordance with the NRC's policy to periodically update the regulations to incorporate by reference new editions and addenda of the ASME Codes and is intended to maintain the safety of nuclear reactors and make NRC activities more effective and efficient.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Alternate Fracture Toughness Requirements for Protection Against Pressurized Thermal Shock Events2008-Aug-118-18429The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering the adoption of provisions regarding applicability of the rule and new provisions regarding procedures to perform surveillance data checks related to the updated fracture toughness requirements for protection against pressurized thermal shock (PTS) events for pressurized water reactor (PWR) pressure vessels. The NRC is considering these provisions as an alternative to the provisions previously noticed for public comment on October 3, 2007 (72 FR 56275).
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Price-Anderson Act Financial Protection Regulations and Elimination of Antitrust Reviews; Correction2008-Jul-318-17436On October 27, 2005 (70 FR 61885), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published a final rule revising its regulations to conform with the provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 that, among other things, terminated the NRC's authority and responsibility to conduct antitrust reviews of future applications to construct or operate a nuclear reactor. Inadvertently, the final rule failed to remove some references to the NRC's authority and responsibility to conduct antitrust reviews. This rule removes those provisions.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Administrative Changes2008-Jul-238-16730This final rule removes obsolete text, restores material removed inadvertently from the NRC's regulations, and makes administrative changes to the NRC's regulations to correct errors published in recent rulemaking documents. This final rule also updates the definition of a not-for-profit organization. This document is necessary to inform the public of these changes.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Administrative Changes: NRC Region IV Address Change and Phone Number and E-mail Address Changes2008-May-288-11751The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to update the street address for its Region IV office, and to update a telephone number and e-mail address for the Office of Information Services (OIS). This document is necessary to inform the public of these changes to the NRC's regulations.
Treasury Department -- Regulatory Review Amendments2008-Apr-248-8443The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) is revising its rules in order to reduce unnecessary regulatory burden, update certain rules, and make certain technical, clarifying, and conforming changes to its regulations. These revisions result from the OCC's most recent review of its regulations to ensure that they effectively advance our mission to promote the safety and soundness of the national banking system, ensure that national banks can compete efficiently in the financial services marketplace, and foster fairness and integrity in national banks' dealings with their customers, without imposing regulatory burden unnecessary to the achievement of those objectives. The revisions also further the purposes of the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act of 1996, which, among other provisions, directs the OCC to identify and, if appropriate, eliminate regulations that are outdated, unnecessary, or unduly burdensome.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Power Reactor Security Requirements; Supplemental Proposed Rule2008-Apr-108-7582The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to add new provisions regarding licensee procedures for responding to notifications of potential aircraft threat and for the mitigation of the loss of large areas of their facilities due to large fires or explosions. These provisions were previously noticed for public comment in the October 26, 2006 (71 FR 62664) proposed power reactor security rulemaking. The NRC is publishing this supplemental proposed rule notice to obtain additional stakeholder feedback on the additional regulatory text that has been added to these provisions since the original proposed rule was published for comment.
Agriculture Department -- Rules of Practice Governing Formal Adjudicatory Proceedings Instituted by the Secretary Under Various Statutes2008-Apr-048-6764This amendment expands the scope and applicability of the Department's uniform rules of practice governing adjudicatory proceedings to include actions initiated under the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Delegated Authority To Order Use of Procedures for Access to Certain Sensitive Unclassified Information2008-Feb-298-3824The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or Commission) is amending its rules of practice to delegate authority to the Office of the Secretary of the Commission to issue orders requiring the use of certain procedures for access to sensitive unclassified information in adjudicatory proceedings. The NRC is also making available final procedures that would allow potential parties to NRC adjudications to gain access to Sensitive Unclassified Non-Safeguards Information (SUNSI) or Safeguards Information (SGI).
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Minor Amendments: Re-organization2008-Jan-318-1646The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to reflect the addresses of two additional Headquarters buildings, the reorganization of the Office of Nuclear Materials Safety and Safeguards, the creation of the Office of Federal and State Materials and Environmental Management Programs, the reorganization of the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, the creation of the Office of New Reactors, and other minor changes. This document is necessary to inform the public of these minor changes to NRC regulations.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Decommissioning Planning2008-Jan-228-574The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its regulations to improve decommissioning planning, and thereby reduce the likelihood that any current operating facility will become a legacy site. The amended regulations would require licensees to conduct their operations to minimize the introduction of residual radioactivity into the site, including subsurface soil and groundwater. Licensees also would be required to survey certain quantities or concentrations of residual radioactivity, including in subsurface areas, and keep records of surveys of subsurface residual radioactivity identified at the site with records important for decommissioning. The amended regulations would require licensees to report additional details in their decommissioning cost estimates, would eliminate two currently approved financial assurance mechanisms, and would modify the parent company guarantee and self-guarantee financial assurance mechanisms to authorize the NRC to require that guaranteed funds be immediately due and payable to a standby trust if the guarantor is in financial distress. Finally, the amended regulations would require decommissioning power reactor licensees to report additional information on the costs of decommissioning and spent fuel management.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Incorporation by Reference of American Society of Mechanical Engineers Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Cases2007-Dec-197-24478The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to incorporate by reference the latest revisions of two previously incorporated regulatory guides (RGs) that approve Code Cases published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). These RGs are 1.84, ``Design, Fabrication, and Materials Code Case Acceptability, ASME Section III,'' Revision 34, and RG 1.147, ``Inservice Inspection Code Case Acceptability, ASME Section XI, Division 1,'' Revision 15. This action allows licensees to use the Code Cases listed in the RGs as alternatives to requirements in the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code regarding the construction and inservice inspection of nuclear power plant components. Concurrent with this action, the NRC is publishing a notice of the issuance and availability of the final RGs. As a result of these related actions, the Code Cases listed in these RGs are incorporated by reference into the NRC's regulations.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Occupational Dose Records, Labeling Containers, and the Total Effective Dose Equivalent2007-Dec-047-23469The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or Commission) is amending its regulations related to the reporting of annual dose to workers, the definition of Total Effective Dose Equivalent (TEDE), the labeling of certain containers holding licensed material, and the determination of cumulative occupational radiation dose. This final rule limits the routine reporting of annual doses to those workers whose annual dose exceeds a specific dose threshold or who request a report. This final rule also modifies the labeling requirements for certain containers holding licensed material within posted areas in nuclear power facilities. This final rule also amends the definition of TEDE to be consistent with current Commission policy. Finally, this rule removes the requirement that licensees attempt to obtain cumulative exposure records for workers unless these individuals are being authorized to receive a planned special exposure. These revisions reduce the administrative and information collection burdens on NRC and Agreement State licensees without affecting the level of protection for either the health and safety of workers and the public, or for the environment.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Clarification of NRC Civil Penalty Authority Over Contractors and Subcontractors Who Discriminate Against Employees for Engaging in Protected Activities2007-Nov-147-22190The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or Commission) is amending its employee protection regulations to clarify the Commission's authority to impose a civil penalty upon a non-licensee contractor or subcontractor of a Commission licensee, or applicant for a Commission license who violates the NRC's regulations by discriminating against employees for engaging in protected activity. The NRC is also amending its employee protection regulations related to the operation of Gaseous Diffusion Plants to conform with the NRC's other employee protection regulations and to allow the NRC to impose a civil penalty on the United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC or Corporation), as well as a contractor or subcontractor of USEC.
National Credit Union Administration -- Management Official Interlocks Threshold Change2007-Oct-157-20266The NCUA is amending its management interlocks rule to conform it to a change the Financial Services Regulatory Relief Act of 2006 (FSRAA) made in the dollar threshold that triggers the prohibition on management officials serving at unaffiliated depository organizations. This final rule changes the threshold from $20 million to $50 million.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Limited Work Authorizations for Nuclear Power Plants2007-Oct-097-19312The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations applicable to limited work authorizations (LWAs), which allow certain construction activities on production and utilization facilities to commence before a construction permit or combined license is issued. This final rule modifies the scope of activities that are considered construction for which a construction permit, combined license, or LWA is necessary, specifies the scope of construction activities that may be performed under an LWA, and changes the review and approval process for LWA requests. The NRC is adopting these changes to enhance the efficiency of its licensing and approval process for production and utilization facilities, including new nuclear power reactors.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Consideration of Aircraft Impacts for New Nuclear Power Reactor Designs2007-Oct-0307-4886The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or the Commission) is proposing to amend its regulations to require applicants for new standard design certifications that do not reference a standard design approval; new standard design approvals; combined licenses that do not reference a standard design certification, standard design approval, or manufactured reactor; and new manufacturing licenses that do not reference a standard design certification or standard design approval to assess the effects of the impact of a large, commercial aircraft on the nuclear power plant. Based on the insights gained from this assessment, the applicant shall include in its application a description and evaluation of design features, functional capabilities, and strategies to avoid or mitigate, to the extent practicable, the effects of the aircraft impact with reduced reliance on operator actions. The impact of a large, commercial aircraft is a beyond-design- basis event, and the NRC's requirements applicable to the design, construction, testing, operation, and maintenance of design features, functional capabilities, and strategies for design basis events would not be applicable to design features, functional capabilities, or strategies selected by the applicant solely to meet the requirements of this rule. The objective of this rule is to require nuclear power plant designers to perform a rigorous assessment of design features that could provide additional inherent protection to avoid or mitigate, to the extent practicable, the effects of an aircraft impact, with reduced reliance on operator actions.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Alternate Fracture Toughness Requirements for Protection Against Pressurized Thermal Shock Events2007-Oct-0307-4887The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its regulations to provide updated fracture toughness requirements for protection against pressurized thermal shock (PTS) events for pressurized water reactor (PWR) pressure vessels. The proposed rule would provide new PTS requirements based on updated analysis methods. This action is desirable because the existing requirements are based on unnecessarily conservative probabilistic fracture mechanics analyses. This action would reduce regulatory burden for licensees, specifically those licensees that expect to exceed the existing requirements before the expiration of their licenses, while maintaining adequate safety. These new requirements would be voluntarily utilized by any PWR licensee as an alternative to complying with the existing requirements.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Requirements for Expanded Definition of Byproduct Material2007-Oct-0107-4735The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to include jurisdiction over discrete sources of radium- 226, accelerator-produced radioactive materials, and discrete sources of naturally occurring radioactive material, as required by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct), which was signed into law on August 8, 2005. The EPAct expanded the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 definition of Byproduct material to include any discrete source of radium-226, any material made radioactive by use of a particle accelerator, and any discrete source of naturally occurring radioactive material, other than source material, that the Commission, in consultation with other Federal officials named in the EPAct, determines would pose a similar threat to the public health and safety or the common defense and security as a discrete source of radium-226, that are extracted or converted after extraction for use for a commercial, medical, or research activity. In so doing, these materials were placed under the NRC's regulatory authority. The EPAct also mandated that the Commission, after consultation with the States and other stakeholders, issue final regulations establishing requirements that the Commission determines necessary under the EPAct. This rulemaking effort has been undertaken in response to that mandate and includes significant contributions from many States that have regulated the naturally occurring and accelerator-produced radioactive material, the Organization of Agreement States, Inc., the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors, Inc. (CRCPD), and other stakeholders. In addition, this final rule was informed and guided by the CRCPD's applicable Suggested State Regulations for the Control of Radiation. Licensees, individuals, and other entities who are engaged in activities involving the newly defined byproduct material in both Agreement States and non-Agreement States and United States Territories will be affected by this rulemaking.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Licenses, Certifications, and Approvals for Nuclear Power Plants2007-Aug-2807-3861The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations by revising the provisions applicable to the licensing and approval processes for nuclear power plants (i.e., early site permit, standard design approval, standard design certification, combined license, and manufacturing license). These amendments clarify the applicability of various requirements to each of the licensing processes by making necessary conforming amendments throughout the NRC's regulations to enhance the NRC's regulatory effectiveness and efficiency in implementing its licensing and approval processes. The NRC has considered and resolved the public comments.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Use of Electronic Submissions in Agency Hearings2007-Aug-287-16898The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to require the use of electronic submissions in all agency hearings, consistent with the existing practice for the high-level radioactive waste repository application (which is covered under a separate set of regulations). The amendments require the electronic transmission of electronic documents in submissions made to the NRC's adjudicatory boards. Although exceptions to these requirements are established to allow paper filings in limited circumstances, the NRC maintains a strong preference for fully electronic filing and service. The rule builds upon prior NRC rules and developments in the Federal courts regarding the use of electronic submissions.
Treasury Department -- Management Official Interlocks2007-Jul-1607-3441The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) (collectively, the Agencies) are amending their rules regarding management interlocks to implement section 610 of the Financial Services Regulatory Relief Act of 2006 (FSRRA) and to correct inaccurate cross-references.
Treasury Department -- Regulatory Review Amendments2007-Jul-0307-3206The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) is proposing to revise its rules in order to reduce unnecessary regulatory burden, to update certain rules, and to make certain technical, clarifying, and conforming changes to its regulations. This proposal results from the OCC's most recent review of its regulations to ensure that they effectively advance our mission to promote the safety and soundness of the national banking system, ensure that national banks can compete effectively in the financial services marketplace, and foster fairness and integrity in national banks' dealings with their customers, without imposing regulatory burden unnecessary to the achievement of those objectives. The proposal also furthers the purposes of the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act of 1996, which, among other provisions, directs the OCC, to identify and, if appropriate, eliminate regulations that are outdated, unnecessary, or unduly burdensome.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Interlocutory Review of Rulings on Requests by Potential Parties for Access to Sensitive Unclassified Non-Safeguards Information and Safeguards Information2007-Jun-1107-2884The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or Commission) is proposing to amend its regulations to provide for expedited (and in this case, ``interlocutory'') review by the Commission of orders on requests by potential parties for access to certain sensitive unclassified non-safeguards information (SUNSI) and Safeguards Information (SGI).
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Industry Codes and Standards; Amended Requirements2007-Apr-057-6379The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its regulations to incorporate by reference the 2004 Edition of Section III, Division 1 and Section XI, Division 1 of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (BPV Code) and the 2004 Edition of the ASME Code for Operation and Maintenance of Nuclear Power Plants (OM Code) to provide updated rules for constructing and inspecting components and testing pumps, valves, and dynamic restraints (snubbers) in light-water nuclear power plants. NRC also proposes to require the use of ASME Code Cases N-722 and N- 729-1, both with conditions, and to remove certain obsolete requirements specified in Sec. 50.55a. This action is in accordance with the NRC's policy to periodically update the regulations to incorporate new editions and addenda of the ASME Codes by reference and is intended to maintain the safety of nuclear reactors and make NRC activities more effective and efficient.
Treasury Department -- Management Official Interlocks2007-Jan-1107-79The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) (collectively, the Agencies) are amending their rules regarding management interlocks to implement section 610 of the Financial Services Regulatory Relief Act of 2006 (FSRRA) and to correct inaccurate cross-references.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Criticality Control of Fuel Within Dry Storage Casks or Transportation Packages in a Spent Fuel Pool2006-Nov-166-19368The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its regulations that govern domestic licensing of production and utilization facilities so that the requirements governing criticality control for spent fuel pool storage racks would not apply to the fuel within a spent fuel transportation package or storage cask when a package or cask is in a spent fuel pool. These packages and casks are subject to separate criticality control requirements. This action is necessary to avoid applying two different sets of criticality control requirements to fuel within a package or cask in a spent fuel pool.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Criticality Control of Fuel Within Dry Storage Casks or Transportation Packages in a Spent Fuel Pool2006-Nov-166-19372The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations that govern domestic licensing of production and utilization facilities so that the requirements governing criticality control for spent fuel pool storage racks do not apply to the fuel within a spent fuel transportation package or storage cask when a package or cask is in a spent fuel pool. These packages and casks are subject to separate criticality control requirements. This action is necessary to avoid applying two different sets of criticality control requirements to fuel within a package or cask in a spent fuel pool.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Protection of Safeguards Information2006-Oct-3106-8900The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its regulations for the protection of Safeguards Information (SGI) to protect SGI from inadvertent release and unauthorized disclosure which might compromise the security of nuclear facilities and materials. The amendments would affect certain licensees, information, and materials not currently subject to SGI regulations, but which are within the scope of Commission authority under the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (AEA). The NRC originally published a proposed rule on SGI on February 11, 2005 (70 FR 7196). The NRC is again publishing the proposed rule on SGI protection requirements in order to allow the public to comment on changes to the proposed rule text in response to public comment and to reflect amendments to the AEA in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct) and Commission Orders issued to licensees authorized to possess and transfer items containing certain quantities of radioactive material.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Incorporation by Reference of American Society of Mechanical Engineers Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Cases2006-Oct-276-18023The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its regulations to incorporate by reference the latest revisions of two previously incorporated regulatory guides (RGs) that approve Code cases published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). These RGs are 1.84, ``Design and Fabrication Code Case Acceptability, ASME Section III,'' Revision 34 and RG 1.147, ``Inservice Inspection Code Case Acceptability, ASME Section XI, Division 1,'' Revision 15. This proposed action would allow licensees to use the Code Cases listed in the regulatory guides as alternatives to requirements in the ASME BPV Code regarding the construction and inservice inspection of nuclear power plant components.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Power Reactor Security Requirements2006-Oct-2606-8678The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend the current security regulations and add new security requirements pertaining to nuclear power reactors. Additionally, this rulemaking includes new security requirements for Category I strategic special nuclear material (SSNM) facilities for access to enhanced weapons and firearms background checks. The proposed rulemaking would: Make generically applicable security requirements imposed by Commission orders issued after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, based upon experience and insights gained by the Commission during implementation; fulfill certain provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005; add several new requirements that resulted from insights from implementation of the security orders, review of site security plans, and implementation of the enhanced baseline inspection program and force-on-force exercises; update the regulatory framework in preparation for receiving license applications for new reactors; and impose requirements to assess and manage site activities that can adversely affect safety and security. The proposed safety and security requirements would address, in part, a petition for rulemaking (PRM 50- 80) that requests the establishment of regulations governing proposed changes to facilities which could adversely affect the protection against radiological sabotage.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Licenses, Certifications, and Approvals for Nuclear Power Plants; Supplemental Proposed Rule2006-Oct-1706-8656The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to supplement its proposed rule entitled ``Licenses, Certifications, and Approvals for Nuclear Power Plants,'' which was published on March 13, 2006 (71 FR 12782). The NRC is proposing to supplement that proposed rule by amending the regulations applicable to limited work authorizations (LWA), which allow limited construction activities on nuclear power plants to commence before a construction permit or combined license is issued. This supplemental proposed rule would modify the scope of activities that are considered construction requiring a LWA and would also make changes to the review and approval process for LWA requests. The NRC is proposing these changes to enhance the efficiency of its licensing and approval process for new nuclear reactors.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Occupational Dose Records, Labeling Containers, and the Total Effective Dose Equivalent2006-Sep-226-15502The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or Commission) is proposing to amend its regulations related to the reporting of annual dose to workers, the definition of the total effective dose equivalent (TEDE), the labeling of certain containers holding licensed material, and the determination of cumulative occupational radiation dose. The proposed rule would limit the routine reporting of annual doses to workers to those whose annual dose exceeds a specific dose threshold or who request a report. The proposed rule would also amend the definition of TEDE to be consistent with current Commission policy. The proposed rule would also modify the labeling requirements for certain containers holding licensed material within posted areas in nuclear power facilities. Finally, the proposed rule would remove the requirement that licensees attempt to obtain cumulative exposure records for workers unless these individuals are being authorized to receive a planned special exposure. These revisions would reduce the administrative and information collection burdens on NRC and Agreement State licensees without affecting the level of protection to either the health and safety of workers and the public or the environment.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Requirements for Expanded Definition of Byproduct Material2006-Jul-2806-6477The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its regulations to include jurisdiction over certain radium sources, accelerator-produced radioactive materials, and certain naturally occurring radioactive material, as required by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct), which was signed into law on August 8, 2005. The EPAct expanded the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 definition of byproduct material to include any discrete source of radium-226, any material made radioactive by use of a particle accelerator, and any discrete source of naturally occurring radioactive material, other than source material, that the Commission, in consultation with other Federal officials named in the EPAct, determines would pose a similar threat to the public health and safety or the common defense and security as a discrete source of radium-226, that are extracted or converted after extraction for use for a commercial, medical, or research activity. In so doing, these materials were placed under the NRC's regulatory authority. The EPAct also mandated that the Commission, after consultation with States and other stakeholders, issue final regulations establishing requirements that the Commission determines necessary under the EPAct. This rulemaking effort is being undertaken in response to that mandate and includes significant contributions from many States that have regulated the naturally occurring and accelerator-produced radioactive material, the Organization of Agreement States, Inc., and the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors, Inc. (CRCPD). In addition, this proposed rule was informed and guided by the CRCPD's applicable Suggested State Regulations for the Control of Radiation. Licensees and individuals who are engaged in activities involving the newly defined byproduct material in both Agreement States and non-Agreement States and United States Territories may be affected by this rulemaking.
Federal Trade Commission -- Premerger Notification; Reporting and Waiting Period Requirements2006-Jun-2306-5638The Commission is amending the premerger notification rules (``the rules'') that require the parties to certain mergers and acquisitions to file reports with the Federal Trade Commission (``the Commission'' or ``FTC'') and the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (``the Assistant Attorney General'' or ``DOJ'') and to wait a specified period of time before consummating such transactions. The reporting and waiting period requirements are intended to enable these enforcement agencies to determine whether a proposed merger or acquisition may violate the antitrust laws if consummated and, when appropriate, to seek a preliminary injunction in Federal court to prevent consummation. These amendments will update and improve the effectiveness of the rules by allowing submission of notification and report forms electronically via the Internet.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Submission of Annual Financial Reports: Elimination of Requirement2006-May-2206-4741The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its regulations so that licensees who file financial reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), need not submit annual financial reports, including the certified financial statements, to the Commission. The Commission is also proposing to amend its regulations so that Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI) licensees who file financial reports with the SEC or the FERC, need not submit annual financial reports, including the certified financial statements, to the Commission.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Submission of Annual Financial Reports: Elimination of Requirement2006-May-2206-4737The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations so that licensees who file financial reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), need not submit annual financial reports, including the certified financial statements, to the Commission. The Commission is also amending its regulations so that Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI) licensees who file financial reports with the SEC or the FERC, need not submit annual financial reports, including the certified financial statements, to the Commission.
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation -- Revisions To Reflect the Merger of the Bank Insurance Fund and the Savings Association Insurance Fund2006-Apr-2106-3721The FDIC is amending its regulations to reflect the recent merger of the Bank Insurance Fund and the Savings Association Insurance Fund, forming the Deposit Insurance Fund. The merger of the two deposit insurance funds was required by the Federal Deposit Insurance Reform Act of 2005 and was effectuated by the FDIC as of March 31, 2006. All revisions to the FDIC's regulations made by the final rule are conforming changes necessitated by the funds merger.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Licenses, Certifications, and Approvals for Nuclear Power Plants2006-Mar-1306-1856The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its regulations by revising the provisions applicable to the licensing and approval processes for nuclear power plants and making necessary conforming amendments throughout the NRC's regulations to enhance the NRC's regulatory effectiveness and efficiency in implementing its licensing and approval processes. The proposed changes would clarify the applicability of various requirements to each of the licensing processes (i.e., early site permit, standard design approval, standard design certification, combined license, and manufacturing license). On July 3, 2003, the NRC published a proposed rulemaking to clarify and correct the NRC's regulations related to nuclear power plant licensing. Upon further consideration, the NRC is now proposing new requirements to enhance its licensing and approval processes and changes throughout the NRC's regulations to support these processes. This proposed rule supersedes the 2003 proposed rule. The Commission believes that this rulemaking action will improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the licensing and approval processes for future applicants.
Transportation Department -- Display of Joint Operations in Carrier-Owned Computer Reservations Systems Regulations (Part 256)2006-Feb-2106-1550The Department is eliminating its rule that currently prohibits each airline that owns, controls, or operates a computer reservations system (``CRS'' or ``system'') from denying system access to two or more carriers whose flights share a single designator code and discriminating against any carrier because the carrier uses the same designator code as another carrier. The Department has determined that this rule is no longer necessary. This action is consistent with the Department's decision at the end of 2003 to eliminate its comprehensive rules governing system operations, 14 CFR part 255.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Clarification of NRC Civil Penalty Authority Over Contractors and Subcontractors Who Discriminate Against Employees for Engaging in Protected Activities2006-Jan-316-1211The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or Commission) is proposing to amend its employee protection regulations to clarify the Commission's authority to impose a civil penalty upon a non-licensee contractor or subcontractor of a Commission licensee, or applicant for a Commission license who violates the NRC's regulations by discriminating against employees for engaging in protected activity. The NRC is also proposing to amend its employee protection regulations related to the operation of Gaseous Diffusion Plants to conform with the NRC's other employee protection regulations and to allow the NRC to impose a civil penalty on the United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC or Corporation), as well as a contractor or subcontractor of USEC.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- AP1000 Design Certification2006-Jan-2706-788The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or Commission) is amending its regulations to certify the AP1000 standard plant design. This action is necessary so that applicants or licensees intending to construct and operate an AP1000 design may do so by referencing this regulation [AP1000 design certification rule (DCR)]. The applicant for certification of the AP1000 design was Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC (Westinghouse).
Federal Trade Commission -- Premerger Notification; Reporting and Waiting Period Requirements2005-Dec-3005-24684This final rule amends 16 CFR part 801 and part 803, Appendix, the Antitrust Improvements Act Notification and Report Form for Certain Mergers and Acquisitions (the ``Form''). The Form must be completed and submitted by persons required to report mergers and acquisitions pursuant to Section 7A of the Clayton Act, as added by Title II of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended. The revised Form requires that 2002 revenue data, identified by the 2002 North American Industry Classification System (``NAICS''), be provided in response to certain items on the Form.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Use of Electronic Submissions in Agency Hearings2005-Dec-1605-24081The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its regulations to require the use of electronic submissions in all agency hearings, except for those conducted on a high-level radioactive waste repository application (which are covered under a separate set of regulations). The amendments would require the electronic transmission of electronic documents in submissions made to the NRC's adjudicatory boards, and in serving copies of those submissions on all participants to the proceedings. Although exceptions to these requirements would be established to allow paper filings in limited circumstances, the NRC would maintain a strong preference for fully electronic filing and service. The proposed rule builds upon prior NRC rules and developments in the Federal courts regarding the use of electronic submissions. The Commission is also seeking comment on draft guidance on how to submit hearing documents to the NRC electronically.
Federal Trade Commission -- Premerger Notification; Reporting and Waiting Period Requirements2005-Dec-1205-23884The Federal Trade Commission is amending the premerger notification rules, which require the parties to certain mergers or acquisitions to file reports with the Commission and with the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (``DOJ'') and to wait a specified period of time before consummating such transactions, pursuant to Section 7A of the Clayton Act (``the Act''). The filing and waiting period requirements enable these enforcement agencies to determine whether a proposed merger or acquisition may violate the antitrust laws if consummated and, when appropriate, to seek a preliminary injunction in Federal court to prevent consummation. If either agency determines during the waiting period that further inquiry is necessary, it can issue a Request for Additional Information and Documentary Materials (``second request''), which extends the waiting period for a specified period after all parties have complied with the request (or, in the case of a tender offer or a bankruptcy sale, after the acquiring person complies). The Commission is amending the Notification and Report Form and its Instructions (``the Form and Instructions'') to relieve some of the burden when complying with Items 4(a) and (b). Currently, paper copies of annual reports, annual audit reports and regularly prepared balance sheets and copies of certain documents, such as 10Ks filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (``SEC''), must be provided in response to these Items. The modification of paragraph 803.2(e) will allow filing persons to provide an operative Internet address linking directly to the documents required by Items 4(a) and (b) in lieu of providing paper copies. The Commission is also amending the rules to specify that an acquiring person's notification, and an acquired person's notification in certain types of transactions, shall expire after eighteen months if a second request to either person remains outstanding. In addition, the Commission is making technical corrections to certain rules and to the Form and Instructions to address minor oversights in the final rules promulgated in connection with the treatment of unincorporated entities.\1\ ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Risk-Informed Changes to Loss-of-Coolant Accident Technical Requirements2005-Nov-075-6090The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) proposes to amend its regulations to permit current power reactor licensees to implement a voluntary, risk-informed alternative to the current requirements for analyzing the performance of emergency core cooling systems (ECCS) during loss-of-coolant accidents (LOCAs). In addition, the proposed rule would establish procedures and criteria for requesting changes in plant design and procedures based upon the results of the new analyses of ECCS performance during LOCAs.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Price-Anderson Act Financial Protection Regulations and Elimination of Antitrust Reviews2005-Oct-2705-21342The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to conform with the requirements of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The revised regulations include Congress's prescribed increase in the amount of the required annual financial contributions required from commercial reactors in the event of a nuclear accident to pay for third party liability under the Price-Anderson Act. Another revision provides Congress's accommodation for modular reactors, which permits a defined combination of these reactors to be considered a single reactor for the determination of financial obligations under the Price-Anderson Act. Additional revisions, essentially deletions, result from Congress's terminating NRC's authority and responsibility to conduct antitrust reviews of future applications to construct or operate a nuclear reactor.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Incorporation by Reference of ASME BPV Code Cases2005-Sep-2905-19443The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to incorporate by reference NRC Regulatory Guides listing Code Cases published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) which the NRC has reviewed and found to be acceptable for use. These Code Cases provide alternatives to requirements in the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (BPV Code) pertaining to construction and inservice inspection of nuclear power plant components. This action updates the incorporation by reference of two regulatory guides that address NRC review and approval of ASME-published Code Cases. Concurrent with this action, the NRC is publishing a notice of the issuance and availability of the final regulatory guides. As a result of these related actions, the Code Cases listed in these regulatory guides are incorporated by reference into the NRC's regulations.
Federal Trade Commission -- Premerger Notification; Reporting and Waiting Period Requirements2005-Aug-1505-16087The Commission is proposing amendments to the premerger notification rules (``the rules'') to enable filing parties to provide Internet links to certain documents in lieu of paper copies, and to address ``stale filing'' situations, in which parties make premerger notification filings but then fail to comply with a Request for Additional Information and Documentary Material (``second request''). Section 7A of the Clayton Act (``the Act'') requires the parties to certain mergers and acquisitions to file notification with the Federal Trade Commission (``the Commission'' or ``FTC'') and the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (``the Assistant Attorney General'' or ``DOJ'') and to wait a specified period of time before consummating such transactions. The reporting and waiting period requirements are intended to enable these enforcement agencies to determine whether a proposed merger or acquisition may violate the antitrust laws if consummated and, when appropriate, to seek a preliminary injunction in Federal court to prevent consummation. If either agency determines during the waiting period that further inquiry is necessary, it can issue a second request, which extends the waiting period for a specified period after all parties have complied with the request (or, in the case of a tender offer or a bankruptcy sale, after the acquiring person complies). The Commission is proposing a change to relieve the burden of complying with Items 4(a) and (b) of the Notification and Report Form (``the Form''). Currently, paper copies of annual reports, annual audit reports and regularly prepared balance sheets and copies of certain documents, such as 10Ks filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (``SEC''), must be provided in response to these Items. The proposed modification would allow filing persons to provide an Internet address linking directly to the documents required by Items 4(a) and (b) in lieu of providing paper copies. The Commission is also proposing an amendment to the rules to specify that an acquiring person's notification, and an acquired person's notification in certain types of transactions, shall expire after eighteen months if a second request to them remains outstanding.
Agriculture Department -- Rules of Practice for Certain Adjudicatory Proceedings; Commercial Transportation of Equines for Slaughter2005-Aug-1205-16011We are amending the administrative regulations of the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture to provide that the rules of practice contained in those administrative regulations shall be applicable to adjudicatory proceedings under the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's regulations pertaining to the commercial transportation of equines to slaughtering facilities. This final rule is necessary to clarify the rules of practice that will apply to the adjudication of a violation of regulations pertaining to the commercial transportation of equines to slaughtering facilities.
Agriculture Department -- Rules of Practice for Certain Adjudicatory Proceedings Under the Animal Welfare Act Regulations2005-May-1205-9444We are amending the administrative regulations of the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture to provide that the rules of practice contained in those regulations shall be applicable to all adjudicatory proceedings under the license denial and termination provisions of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) regulations. The AWA regulations provide that a person whose license application has been denied or whose license has been terminated may request a hearing in accordance with the applicable rules of practice for the purpose of showing why the application for license should not be denied or the license should not be terminated. This final rule is necessary to clarify the rules of practice that will apply to such hearings.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Model Milestones For NRC Adjudicatory Proceedings2005-Apr-2005-7846The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to adopt model milestones for the conduct of NRC adjudicatory proceedings, to require a presiding officer to refer to the model milestones as a starting point for establishing a hearing schedule in an adjudicatory proceeding, and to manage the case in accordance with that schedule.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- AP1000 Design Certification2005-Apr-1805-7658The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or Commission) proposes to amend its regulations to certify the AP1000 standard plant design. This action is necessary so that applicants or licensees intending to construct and operate an AP1000 design may do so by referencing the AP1000 design certification rule (DCR). This proposed DCR is nearly identical to the AP600 DCR in the current regulations. The applicant for certification of the AP1000 design is Westinghouse Electric Company LLC (Westinghouse). The public is invited to submit comments on this proposed DCR and the AP1000 design control document (DCD) that would be incorporated by reference into the DCR. The NRC also invites the public to submit comments on the environmental assessment for the AP1000 design.
Federal Trade Commission -- Premerger Notification; Reporting and Waiting Period Requirements2005-Mar-0805-4302The Federal Trade Commission is amending the premerger notification rules, which require the parties to certain mergers or acquisitions to file reports with the Commission and with the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice and to wait a specified period of time before consummating such transactions, pursuant to section 7A of the Clayton Act (``the Act''). The filing and waiting period requirements enable these enforcement agencies to determine whether a proposed merger or acquisition may violate the antitrust laws if consummated and, when appropriate, to seek a preliminary injunction in federal court to prevent consummation. This rulemaking introduces a number of changes that attempt to reconcile, as far as is practical, the current disparate treatment of corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies and other types of non-corporate entities under the rules, particularly in the areas of acquisitions of interests in these entities; formations of the entities; and the application of certain exemptions, including the intraperson exemption. This rulemaking also makes technical corrections in other provisions in the rules.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Fire Protection Program-Post-Fire Operator Manual Actions Draft Regulatory Guide: Issuance, Availability2005-Mar-0705-4314The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) proposes to amend its fire protection regulations for nuclear power facilities operating prior to January 1, 1979. The amendment would allow nuclear power plant licensees to use manual actions by plant operators as an alternative method to achieve hot shutdown conditions in the event of fires in certain plant areas, provided that the actions are evaluated against specified criteria and determined to be acceptable and that fire detectors and an automatic fire suppression system are provided in the fire area. The Commission believes that the proposed action would provide realistically conservative regulatory acceptance criteria for operator manual actions to achieve and maintain hot shutdown condition. The NRC is also proposing and requesting comments on a draft regulatory guide to support this proposed rulemaking. The NRC has developed the Regulatory Guide Series to describe and make available to the public such information as methods that are acceptable to the NRC staff for implementing specific parts of the NRC's regulations, techniques that the staff uses in evaluating specific problems or postulated accidents, and data that the staff needs in its review of applications for permits and licenses. The draft regulatory guide, entitled ``Demonstrating the Feasibility and Reliability of Operator Manual Actions in Response to Fire,'' is temporarily identified by its task number, DG-1136, which should be mentioned in all related correspondence. This proposed regulatory guide offers guidance for NRC licensees and applicants to use in implementing the feasibility and reliability criteria that the staff developed for post-fire operator manual actions.
Federal Trade Commission -- Premerger Notification; Reporting and Waiting Period Requirements2005-Jan-3105-1679The Commission is amending the premerger notification rules (``the rules'') to reflect adjustment and publication of reporting thresholds as required by the 2000 amendments \1\ to Section 7A of the Clayton Act, 15 U.S.C. 18a, as added by the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, Public Law 94-935, 90 Stat. 1390 (``the Act.''). The Act requires all persons contemplating certain mergers or acquisitions, which meet or exceed the jurisdictional thresholds in the Act, to file notification with the Federal Trade Commission (``the Commission'') and the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (``the Assistant Attorney General'') and to wait a designated period of time before consummating such transactions. The reporting and waiting period requirements are intended to enable these enforcement agencies to determine whether a proposed merger or acquisition may violate the antitrust laws if consummated and, when appropriate, to seek a preliminary injunction in Federal court to prevent consummation. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Emergency Planning and Preparedness For Production and Utilization Facilities2005-Jan-2605-1352The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its emergency planning regulations governing the domestic licensing of production and utilization facilities. The final rule amends the current regulations as they relate to NRC approval of licensee changes to Emergency Action Levels (EALs). The final rule also clarifies exercise requirements for co-located licensees. These amendments are intended to resolve an inconsistency and an ambiguity in current regulations.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Risk-Informed Categorization and Treatment of Structures, Systems and Components for Nuclear Power Reactors2004-Nov-2204-25665The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to provide an alternative approach for establishing the requirements for treatment of structures, systems and components (SSCs) for nuclear power reactors using a risk-informed method of categorizing SSCs according to their safety significance. The amendment revises requirements with respect to ``special treatment,'' that is, those requirements that provide increased assurance (beyond normal industrial practices) that SSCs perform their design basis functions. This amendment permits licensees (and applicants for licenses) to remove SSCs of low safety significance from the scope of certain identified special treatment requirements and revise requirements for SSCs of greater safety significance. In addition to the rulemaking and its associated analyses, the Commission is also issuing a regulatory guide (RG) to implement the rule.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Adjustment of Civil Penalties for Inflation2004-Oct-2604-23899The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to adjust the maximum Civil Monetary Penalties (CMPs) it can assess under statutes within the jurisdiction of the NRC. These changes are mandated by Congress in the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996. The NRC's Rules of Practice are amended by adjusting the maximum CMP for a violation of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, (AEA) or any regulation or order issued under the AEA from $120,000 to $130,000 per violation per day.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Industry Codes and Standards; Amended Requirements2004-Oct-0104-21561The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to incorporate by reference the 2001 Edition and the 2002 and 2003 Addenda of Division 1 of Section III of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (BPV Code); the 2001 Edition and the 2002 and 2003 Addenda of Division 1 rules of Section XI of the ASME BPV Code; and the 2001 Edition and the 2002 and 2003 Addenda of the ASME Code for Operation and Maintenance of Nuclear Power Plants (OM Code) to provide updated rules for constructing and inspecting components and testing pumps and valves in light-water cooled nuclear power plants. This final rule incorporates by reference the latest edition and addenda of the ASME BPV and OM Codes that have been approved for use by the NRC subject to certain limitations and modifications. The NRC is also withdrawing its approval of Subsection NH of the 1995 through 2000 Addenda of Section III of the ASME BPV Code.
Transportation Department -- Revision of Exemption Authority Citations.2004-Sep-3004-21798The Surface Transportation Board (Board or STB) is amending its regulations to change incorrect citations to its authority to exempt rail transportation, and to update miscellaneous references. The Board is also making changes to its authority citations.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Incorporation by Reference of American Society of Mechanical Engineers Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Cases2004-Aug-0304-17609The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its regulations to incorporate by reference the latest revisions of two previously incorporated regulatory guides (RGs) which address NRC review and approval of Code cases published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The Code cases listed in these RGs have been reviewed by the NRC and found to be acceptable for use as alternatives to requirements in the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (BPV Code) pertaining to the construction and inservice inspection of nuclear power plant components.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Electronic Maintenance and Submission of Information; Correction2004-Jul-1204-15697The Nuclear Regulatory Commission published a final rule in the Federal Register on October 10, 2003 (68 FR 58791), amending the NRC's regulations to clarify when and how licensees and other members of the public may use electronic means such as CD-ROM and e-mail to communicate with the agency. That final rule inadvertently changed the addressee for the submission of requests for action under 10 CFR 2.206. This action corrects the final regulations by inserting the correct addressee.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Voluntary Fire Protection Requirements for Light Water Reactors; Adoption of NFPA 805 as a Risk-Informed, Performance-Based Alternative2004-Jun-1604-13522The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its fire protection requirements for nuclear power reactor licensees to permit existing reactor licensees to voluntarily adopt fire protection requirements contained in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 805, ``Performance-Based Standard for Fire Protection for Light Water Reactor Electric Generating Plants, 2001 Edition'' (NFPA 805). These fire protection requirements are an alternative to the existing deterministic, prescriptive fire protection requirements.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Licensing Proceeding for a High-Level Radioactive Waste Geologic Repository; Licensing Support Network, Submissions to the Electronic Docket2004-Jun-1404-13113The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is amending its Rules of Practice applicable to the use of the Licensing Support Network (LSN) and the electronic hearing docket in the licensing proceeding on the disposal of high-level radioactive waste at a geologic repository. The amendments establish the basic requirements and standards for the submission of adjudicatory materials to the electronic hearing docket by parties to the high-level radioactive waste licensing proceeding. The amendments also address the issue of reducing the unnecessary loading of duplicate documents on individual participant LSN document collection servers (Web sites); the continuing obligation of LSN participants to update their documentary material after the initial certification; the Secretary of the Commission's determination that the DOE license application is electronically accessible; and the provisions on material that may be excluded from the LSN.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Changes to Adjudicatory Process; Correction2004-May-1104-10615This document corrects a final rule appearing in the Federal Register on January 14, 2004 (69 FR 2182) amending the NRC's regulations concerning its rules of practice for adjudications. This action is necessary to correct unintentional errors in the final rule, including the title of the Appendix, the omission of an entry in the table, and the formatting of the table.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Financial Information Requirements for Applications To Renew or Extend the Term of an Operating License for a Power Reactor2004-Jan-3004-1942The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to remove the requirement that non-electric utility power reactor licensees submit financial qualifications information in their license renewal applications, and to add a new requirement that electric utility licensees of nuclear power reactors who become non- electric utility entities without a license transfer must notify the NRC and submit information on their financial qualifications. The final rule will reduce unnecessary regulatory burden on licensees seeking renewal of operating licenses and ensure that licensees that become non-electric utility entities continue to be financially qualified to operate their facilities and maintain the public health and safety.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Changes to Adjudicatory Process2004-Jan-1404-34The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations concerning its rules of practice to make the NRC's hearing process more effective and efficient. The final rule will fashion hearing procedures that are tailored to the differing types of licensing and regulatory activities the NRC conducts and will better focus the limited resources of involved parties and the NRC.
Transportation Department -- Computer Reservations System (CRS) Regulations2004-Jan-0703-32338The Department is amending its rules governing airline computer reservations systems (``CRSs'' or ``systems'') to eliminate most of the rules now and to terminate additional rules as of July 31, 2004. The Department is readopting the rules prohibiting display bias and adopting rules that prohibit systems from imposing certain types of contract clauses on participating airlines that would unreasonably restrict their ability to choose how to distribute their services. These rules will be effective during a six-month transition period.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Industry Codes and Standards; Amended Requirements2004-Jan-0704-314The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) proposes to amend its regulations to incorporate by reference the 2001 Edition and the 2002 and 2003 Addenda of Division 1 of Section III of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (BPV Code); the 2001 Edition and the 2002 and 2003 Addenda of Division 1 rules of Section XI of the ASME BPV Code; and the 2001 Edition and the 2002 and 2003 Addenda of the ASME Code for Operation and Maintenance of Nuclear Power Plants (OM Code) to provide updated rules for constructing and inspecting components and testing pumps and valves in light-water cooled nuclear power plants.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Minor Correction Amendments2003-Dec-3103-31952The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to correct several miscellaneous errors in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). This document is necessary to inform the public of these corrective changes to NRC regulations.
General Services Administration -- General Services Administration Property Management Regulations; Collection of Claims Owed the United States2003-Dec-1003-30409The General Services Administration (GSA) is amending and reissuing its regulations concerning the procedures used to collect debts owed to GSA by incorporating applicable provisions as required by the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 (DCIA) and the Federal Claims Collection Standards.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Licensing Proceeding for the Receipt of High-Level Radioactive Waste at a Geologic Repository: Licensing Support Network, Submissions to the Electronic Docket2003-Nov-2603-29557The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is proposing to amend its Rules of Practice applicable to the use of the Licensing Support Network (LSN) and the electronic hearing docket in the licensing proceeding on the disposal of high-level radioactive waste at a geologic repository. The proposed amendments would establish the basic requirements and standards for the submission of adjudicatory materials to the electronic hearing docket by parties to the high-level radioactive waste licensing proceeding. The proposed amendments would also address the issue of reducing the unnecessary loading of duplicate documents on individual participant Licensing Support Network document collection servers; the continuing obligation of LSN participants to update their documentary material after the initial certification; the Secretary of the Commission's determination that the DOE license application is electronically accessible; and the provisions on material that may be excluded from the LSN.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Minor Changes to Decommissioning Trust Fund Provisions2003-Nov-2003-29021The NRC is amending its regulations related to decommissioning trust fund provisions to correct typographical errors and make minor changes to a final rule promulgated by the NRC in December of 2002. This action adds clarifying language to amendments regarding notification requirements, investment prohibitions, and the option for licensees to retain their existing license conditions.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Minor Changes to Decommissioning Trust Fund Provisions2003-Nov-2003-29022The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations related to decommissioning trust fund provisions to correct typographical errors and make minor changes to a final rule promulgated by the NRC in December of 2002. This action adds clarifying language to amendments regarding notification requirements, investment prohibitions, and the option for licensees to retain their existing license conditions.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Combustible Gas Control in Containment2003-Sep-1603-23554The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations for combustible gas control in power reactors applicable to current licensees and is consolidating combustible gas control regulations for future reactor applicants and licensees. The final rule eliminates the requirements for hydrogen recombiners and hydrogen purge systems, and relaxes the requirements for hydrogen and oxygen monitoring equipment to make them commensurate with their risk significance. This action stems from the NRC's ongoing effort to risk- inform its regulations, and is intended to reduce the regulatory burden on present and future reactor licensees. Additionally, the final rule grants in part and denies in part a petition for rulemaking (PRM-50-68) submitted by Mr. Bob Christie. This notice constitutes final NRC action on PRM-50-68. The final rule also denies part of a petition for rulemaking (PRM-50-71) submitted by the Nuclear Energy Institute. The remaining issue in PRM-50-71 that is not addressed by this final rule will be evaluated in a separate NRC action. The NRC has updated a guidance document, ``Control of Combustible Gas Concentrations in Containment'' to address changes in the rule. A draft regulatory guide containing the revisions was published for comment with the proposed rule.
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation -- Filing Procedures, Corporate Powers, International Banking, Management Official Interlocks, Golden Parachute and Indemnification Payments2003-Aug-2103-20451The FDIC has adopted a final rule amending its procedures relating to filings, mutual to stock conversions, international banking, management official interlocks and golden parachute payments. The changes are mostly technical in nature or clarify previous FDIC positions; however, the final rule includes a waiver provision to its regulations. The waiver provision grants discretionary power to the FDIC Board of Directors to waive regulatory provisions that are not based on statutory requirements.
Energy Department -- Collection of Claims Owed the United States2003-Aug-1403-20584The Department of Energy (DOE) is proposing to amend its regulations governing the collection of claims of the United States for money or property arising from activities under DOE jurisdiction. Because the revisions to DOE's debt collection standards and procedures are not expected to receive any significant adverse comment, the amendment is also being issued as a direct final rule in the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of this Federal Register. (See also ``Discussion of Direct Final Rulemaking'' in Section III of the Supplementary Information section of this notice of proposed rulemaking.)
Energy Department -- Collection of Claims Owed the United States2003-Aug-1403-20378This direct final rule adopts revisions to the regulations on Collection of Claims Owed the United States to conform to the Federal Claims Collection Standards issued by the Department of the Treasury and the Department of Justice. The revisions clarify and simplify the Department of Energy's debt collection standards and reflect changes to Federal debt collection procedures that were made by the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 and the General Accounting Office Act of 1996.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Emergency Planning and Preparedness for Production and Utilization Facilities2003-Jul-2403-18845The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its emergency planning regulations governing the domestic licensing of production and utilization facilities. The proposed rule would amend the current regulations as they relate to NRC approval of licensee changes to Emergency Action Levels (EALs) and exercise requirements for co-located licensees.
General Services Administration -- General Services Administration Property Management Regulations; Collection of Claims Owed the United States2003-Jul-1103-17286The General Services Administration (GSA) is proposing to amend and reissue its regulations concerning the procedures used to collect debts owed to GSA by incorporating applicable provisions as required by the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 (DCIA) and the Federal Claims Collection Standards.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Incorporation by Reference of ASME BPV and OM Code Cases2003-Jul-0803-17027The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to incorporate by reference NRC Regulatory Guides listing Code cases published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) which the NRC has reviewed and found to be acceptable for use. These Code cases provide alternatives to requirements in the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (BPV Code) and the ASME Code for Operation and Maintenance of Nuclear Power Plants (OM Code) pertaining to construction, inservice inspection and inservice testing of nuclear power plant components. This action incorporates by reference three regulatory guides that address NRC review and approval of ASME- published Code cases. Therefore, the Code cases listed in these regulatory guides are incorporated by reference into the NRC's regulations.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Early Site Permits, Standard Design Certifications, and Combined Licenses for Nuclear Power Plants2003-Jul-0303-16413The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or Commission) is proposing to amend its requirements for early site permits, standard design certifications, combined licenses for nuclear power plants, and for other licensing processes. The amendments are based on the NRC staff's experience with the previous design certification reviews and on discussions with stakeholders about the early site permit (ESP), design certification, and combined license (COL) processes. This action is expected to improve the effectiveness of the licensing processes for future applicants.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Risk-Informed Categorization and Treatment of Structures, Systems and Components for Nuclear Power Reactors2003-May-1603-11696The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its regulations to provide an alternative approach for establishing the requirements for treatment of structures, systems and components (SSCs) for nuclear power reactors using a risk-informed method of categorizing SSCs according to their safety significance. The proposed amendment would revise requirements with respect to ``special treatment,'' that is, those requirements that provide increased assurance (beyond normal industrial practices) that SSCs perform their design basis functions. This proposed amendment would permit licensees (and applicants for licenses) to remove SSCs of low safety significance from the scope of certain identified special treatment requirements and revise requirements for SSCs of greater safety significance. In addition to the rulemaking and its associated analyses, the Commission is also proposing a draft regulatory guide to implement the rule.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Releasing Part of a Power Reactor Site or Facility for Unrestricted Use Before the NRC Approves the License Termination Plan2003-Apr-2203-9866The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to standardize the process for allowing a power reactor licensee to release part of its facility or site for unrestricted use before the NRC approves the license termination plan (LTP). This type of release is termed a ``partial site release.'' The final rule identifies the criteria and regulatory framework that a licensee will use to request NRC approval for a partial site release and provides additional assurance that residual radioactivity will meet the radiological criteria for license termination, even if parts of the site were released before license termination. The final rule also clarifies that the radiological criteria for unrestricted use apply to a partial site release.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Availability of Official Records2003-Apr-1703-9438The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations on availability of official records in three areas. The amendments require those who submit documents claimed to contain proprietary or other confidential information to specifically mark those portions of the document containing such information to decrease the chances of inadvertent public release of the information by the NRC, codify NRC's practices and delineate the circumstances under which the agency will not return confidential documents that have been submitted to the NRC, and codify NRC's practices of making as many copies of copyrighted material submitted to the agency as it needs to perform its regulatory and licensing functions. The amendments are necessary to conform the NRC's regulations regarding the availability of official records to case law and agency practice.
Transportation Department -- Extension of Computer Reservations Systems (CRS) Regulations2003-Mar-3103-7636The Department is amending its rules governing airline computer reservations systems (CRSs), by changing the rules' expiration date from March 31, 2003, to January 31, 2004. If the expiration date were not changed, the rules would terminate on March 31, 2003. This extension of the current rules will keep them in effect while we complete our reexamination of the need for CRS regulations. Some or all of the rules may no longer be necessary, but the Department will maintain the current rules until January because they may be beneficial. The Department may determine in its reexamination that the need for most or all of the rules has ended. The Department has previously extended the rules from their original December 31, 1997, expiration date, most recently to March 31, 2003.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Decommissioning Trust Provisions; Correction2003-Mar-1703-6287This document contains a correction to an amendment included with the final regulations establishing licensing criteria for the decommissioning trust provisions for nuclear power plants that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission published in the Federal Register of December 24, 2002.
Transportation Department -- Extension of Computer Reservations Systems (CRS) Regulations2003-Feb-1303-3606The Department is proposing to amend its rules governing airline computer reservations systems (CRSs), 14 CFR part 255, by changing the rules' expiration date from March 31, 2003, to January 31, 2004. If we do not revise the expiration date, the rules will terminate on March 31, 2003. This proposed extension of the current rules would keep them in effect while we carry out our reexamination of the need for CRS regulations. We have tentatively concluded that most of the current rules should be maintained on a temporary basis because they may be necessary for promoting airline competition and protecting consumers, although the Department may determine in its reexamination that the need for most or all of the rules has ended. The Department has previously extended the rules from their original December 31, 1997, expiration date, most recently to March 31, 2003.
Agriculture Department -- Appeal of Oral Decisions Under the Rules of Practice2003-Feb-0703-3059The Office of the Secretary is amending the rules of practice governing formal adjudicatory proceedings instituted by the Secretary under various statutes. This final rule amends the rules of practice governing formal adjudicatory proceedings instituted by the Secretary under various statutes to provide that any appeal to the Judicial Officer from an oral decision of an administrative law judge must be filed within 30 days after the oral decision is issued. The Office of the Secretary is also making a number of minor, nonsubstantive changes to the rules of practice governing formal adjudicatory proceedings instituted by the Secretary under various statutes.
Federal Trade Commission -- Premerger Notification; Reporting and Waiting Period Requirements2003-Jan-1703-1078The Federal Trade Commission is amending the premerger notification rules, which require the parties to certain mergers or acquisitions to file reports with the Commission and with the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice and to wait a specified period of time before consummating such transactions, pursuant to section 7A of the Clayton Act. The filing and waiting period requirements enable these enforcement agencies to determine whether a proposed merger or acquisition may violate the antitrust laws if consummated and, when appropriate, to seek a preliminary injunction in federal court to prevent consummation. The rule amendments are necessary to address public comments regarding the Interim Rules published February 1, 2001, and will increase the clarity and improve the effectiveness of the rules and the Notification and Report Form.
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation -- Filing Procedures, Corporate Powers, International Banking, Management Official Interlocks2002-Dec-2702-31921The FDIC is proposing to amend its regulations governing filing procedures, international banking and management official interlocks by making technical corrections and modifications to clarify existing policies and procedures. In addition, the FDIC is proposing to add a waiver provision to its regulations. As part of its regulatory review effort, the FDIC also solicits public comment to identify any areas of its filing procedures regulation that are outdated, unnecessary, or unduly burdensome, and whether the regulation should be continued without change, amended or rescinded to minimize any significant economic impact it may have on a substantial number of small insured institutions (i.e., those with assets of $150 million or less).
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Decommissioning Trust Provisions2002-Dec-2402-32403The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations relating to decommissioning trust provisions for nuclear power plants. For licensees that are no longer rate-regulated, or no longer have access to a non-bypassable charge for decommissioning, the NRC is requiring that decommissioning trust agreements be in a form acceptable to the NRC in order to increase assurance that an adequate amount of decommissioning funds will be available for their intended purpose. Until recently, direct NRC oversight of the terms and conditions of the decommissioning trusts was not necessary because rate regulators typically exercised this type of oversight authority. With deregulation, this oversight may cease and the NRC needs to take a more active oversight role.
Agriculture Department -- Subpoenas Issued Under the Animal Health Protection Act2002-Nov-2602-29985We are amending the administrative regulations of the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture to reflect the subpoena provisions of the Animal Health Protection Act. Under the Animal Health Protection Act, the Secretary of Agriculture can subpoena witnesses and documents relating to the administration or enforcement of the Animal Health Protection Act or any matter being investigated in connection with the Animal Health Protection Act. This final rule is necessary to establish regulations governing the issuance of subpoenas under this authority. We are also amending the administrative regulations, where necessary, by including references to the Animal Health Protection Act, the Plant Protection Act, and Title V of the Agricultural Risk Protection Act of 2000, and removing references to statutes repealed by the Plant Protection Act.
Transportation Department -- Computer Reservations System (CRS) Regulations; Statements of General Policy2002-Nov-1502-28645The Department's rules governing airline computer reservations systems (``CRSs'' or ``systems'') obligate the Department to revisit the need for CRS rules. The Department initiated this proceeding to examine whether its existing CRS rules were still necessary and, if so, whether they should be modified. The Department believes that it may be possible to eliminate some of the rules in ways that may promote competition in the CRS business and that rules regulating the sale of airline service over the Internet appear unnecessary. The Department thus is asking for comments on proposals to reduce its regulations in ways that could give airlines more flexibility in bargaining with the systems. The Department tentatively is proposing to maintain some but not all of the existing rules. The Department is also proposing to review its Statements of General Policy to clarify the requirements for the disclosure of service fees by travel agencies.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- NRC Public Document Room Address Change and Corrections to Information Collection Provisions2002-Nov-0402-27865The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to reflect the new address for the Public Document Room (PDR) and to correct information collection sections in the Code of Federal Regulations. These amendments are necessary to inform the public of these administrative changes to the NRC regulations.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Voluntary Fire Protection Requirements for Light Water Reactors; Adoption of NFPA 805 as a Risk-Informed, Performance-Based Alternative2002-Nov-0102-27701The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its fire protection requirements for nuclear power reactor licensees. The proposed rule would permit reactor licensees to voluntarily adopt a set of fire protection requirements contained in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 805, ``Performance-Based Standard for Fire Protection for Light Water Reactor Electric Generating Plants, 2001 Edition'' (NFPA 805). The proposed rule would provide existing nuclear power plant licensees with an alternative set of risk-informed, performance-based fire protection requirements.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Industry Codes and Standards; Amended Requirements2002-Sep-2602-23811The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to incorporate by reference a later edition and addenda of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (BPV Code) and the ASME Code for Operation and Maintenance of Nuclear Power Plants (OM Code) to provide updated rules for construction, inservice inspection (ISI), and inservice testing (IST) of components in light-water cooled nuclear power plants. This final rule incorporates by reference the latest edition and addenda of the ASME BPV and OM Codes that have been approved for use by the NRC subject to certain limitations and modifications.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Combustible Gas Control in Containment2002-Aug-0202-19419The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) proposes to amend its regulations for combustible gas control in power reactors applicable to current licensees and to set and consolidate combustible gas control regulations for future applicants and licensees. The proposed rule eliminates the requirements for hydrogen recombiners and hydrogen purge systems and relaxes the requirements for hydrogen and oxygen monitoring equipment to make them commensurate with their risk significance. This action stems from the Commission's ongoing effort to risk-inform its regulations, and is intended to reduce the regulatory burden on present and future power reactor licensees. In addition to the rulemaking and its associated analyses, the NRC is also proposing a draft regulatory guide, a draft standard review plan revision, and a Consolidated Line Item Improvement Process (CLIIP) for draft technical specifications changes to implement the proposed rule. The NRC is requesting comments on these documents as well as the proposed rulemaking.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Financial Information Requirements for Applications To Renew or Extend the Term of an Operating License for a Power Reactor2002-Jun-0402-13903The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) proposes to amend its regulations to remove the requirement that non-electric-utility power reactor licensees submit financial qualifications information in their license renewal applications, and to add a new requirement that licensees of nuclear power reactors who are electric utilities reorganizing as non-electric-utility entities without a license transfer must notify the NRC and submit information on their financial qualifications. The proposed rule would reduce unnecessary regulatory burden for licensees seeking renewal of operating licenses, and ensure that licensees reorganizing as non-electric-utility entities continue to be financially qualified to operate their facilities and maintain the public health and safety.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Disposal of High-Level Radioactive Wastes in a Proposed Geologic Repository at Yucca Mountain, NV; Correction2002-Apr-2902-10458This document contains a correction to a conforming amendment included with the final regulations establishing licensing criteria for the disposal of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive wastes in the proposed geologic repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, which the Nuclear Regulatory Commission published in the Federal Register of November 2, 2001 (66 FR 55732).
Agency for International Development -- Claims Collection2002-Apr-1102-8518USAID is proposing to revise its regulations on Claims Collection to incorporate applicable statutory and regulatory provisions and to make other changes.
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