CFR Title 10 Energy

CFR Title 10 – Energy

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2018-09-17Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Request for Information on the Emerging Smart Technology Appliance and Equipment MarketThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is initiating a data and information collection process through this request for information to better understand market trends and issues in the emerging market for appliances and commercial equipment that...2018-20131"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-09-17/pdf/2018-20131.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/09/17/2018-20131/energy-conservation-program-request-for-information-on-the-emerging-smart-technology-appliance-andThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is initiating a data and information collection process through this request for information to better understand market trends and issues in the emerging market for appliances and commercial equipment that incorporate smart technology. DOE aims to gain greater perspective on the direction of the emerging smart technology market, including any energy efficiency trends or issues with respect to appliances or equipment incorporating smart technologies. DOE understands the significant investments in innovation being made with respect to such products. DOE's intent in issuing this RFI is to gather information to ensure that DOE does not inadvertently impede such innovation in fulfilling its statutory responsibilities in setting efficiency standards for covered products and equipment. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document, including topics not directly outlined in this RFI. DOE also welcomes comments on any additional topics that may inform DOE's overall understanding of relevant smart technology issues, including any suggestions for reducing or avoiding regulatory burdens within this context.
2018-09-11Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Dedicated-Purpose Pool Pump Motors, Notice of Request for Direct Final RuleOn August 14, 2018, the Department of Energy (DOE) received a petition submitted by a variety of entities (collectively, the Joint Stakeholders or the Petitioners) asking DOE to issue a direct final rule for energy conservation standards for...2018-19577"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-09-11/pdf/2018-19577.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/09/11/2018-19577/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-dedicated-purpose-pool-pump-motorsOn August 14, 2018, the Department of Energy (DOE) received a petition submitted by a variety of entities (collectively, the Joint Stakeholders or the Petitioners) asking DOE to issue a direct final rule for energy conservation standards for dedicated-purpose pool pump (DPPP) motors. Through this notification, DOE seeks comment on whether to proceed with the proposal, as well as any data or information that could be used in DOE's determination whether to issue a direct final rule.
2018-09-05Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentAppliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee: Notice of Public Meetings for the Variable Refrigerant Flow Multi-Split Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps Working Group To Negotiate a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Test Procedures and Energy Conservation StandardsThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE or the Department) announces public meetings for the variable refrigerant flow multi-split air conditioners and heat pumps (VRF multi-split systems) working group. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) requires...2018-19212"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-09-05/pdf/2018-19212.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/09/05/2018-19212/appliance-standards-and-rulemaking-federal-advisory-committee-notice-of-public-meetings-for-theThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE or the Department) announces public meetings for the variable refrigerant flow multi-split air conditioners and heat pumps (VRF multi-split systems) working group. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) requires that agencies publish notice of an advisory committee meeting in the Federal Register.
2018-08-16Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionApproval of American Society of Mechanical Engineers' Code CasesThe 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...2018-17650"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-16/pdf/2018-17650.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/08/16/2018-17650/approval-of-american-society-of-mechanical-engineers-code-casesThe 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 voluntary alternatives to engineering standards for the construction, inservice inspection (ISI), and inservice testing (IST) of nuclear power plant components. 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.
2018-08-13RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Central Air Conditioners and Heat PumpsOn July 3, 2017, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued an administrative stay postponing the effectiveness of certain provisions of a final rule, published in the Federal Register on January 5, 2017. The January 5, 2017 final rule amended the test...2018-17187"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-13/pdf/2018-17187.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/08/13/2018-17187/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-central-air-conditioners-and-heat-pumpsOn July 3, 2017, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued an administrative stay postponing the effectiveness of certain provisions of a final rule, published in the Federal Register on January 5, 2017. The January 5, 2017 final rule amended the test procedure and certain certification, compliance, and enforcement provisions for central air conditioners and heat pumps. Specifically, in issuing the administrative stay, DOE stayed the effectiveness of two provisions of the January 5, 2017 final rule that require outdoor unit models be tested under the outdoor unit with no match procedure if they meet either of two enumerated conditions. By this action, DOE lifts the administrative stay of the two provisions.
2018-08-08Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentNuclear Safety ManagementThe Department of Energy (DOE or the Department) publishes a proposed rule to amend regulations concerning nuclear safety management. These regulations govern the conduct of DOE contractors, DOE personnel, and other persons conducting activities...2018-16863"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-08/pdf/2018-16863.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/08/08/2018-16863/nuclear-safety-managementThe Department of Energy (DOE or the Department) publishes a proposed rule to amend regulations concerning nuclear safety management. These regulations govern the conduct of DOE contractors, DOE personnel, and other persons conducting activities (including providing items and services) that affect, or may affect, the safety of DOE nuclear facilities. The proposed revisions reflect the experience gained in the implementation of the regulations over the past seventeen years, with specific improvements to the process for facility hazard categorization, the unreviewed safety question process, and the review and approval of safety documentation. The proposed revisions are intended to enhance operational efficiency while maintaining robust safety performance.
2018-08-03Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Manufactured HousingThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is announcing this notice of data availability (``NODA'') and soliciting public input regarding data relating to certain aspects in developing energy conservation standards for manufactured housing. These data are...2018-16650"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-03/pdf/2018-16650.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/08/03/2018-16650/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-manufactured-housingThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is announcing this notice of data availability (``NODA'') and soliciting public input regarding data relating to certain aspects in developing energy conservation standards for manufactured housing. These data are likely to help serve as support for DOE's further refinement of certain aspects of its proposed standards for these structures. They may also serve as the basis for DOE's restructuring of its approach in laying out the framework for standards that would apply to manufactured housing. DOE is seeking comment on these data along with several options that it is currently considering that could form an alternative basis for regulating the energy efficiency of manufactured housing. DOE also seeks any additional information that might further inform the agency's views regarding the manner in which to regulate these structures.
2018-07-30Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Data Collection and Comparison With Forecasted Unit Sales of Five Lamp TypesThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is informing the public of its collection of shipment data and creation of spreadsheet models to provide comparisons between 2016 and 2017 unit sales and benchmark estimate unit sales of five lamp types (i.e., rough...2018-16097"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-30/pdf/2018-16097.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/07/30/2018-16097/energy-conservation-program-data-collection-and-comparison-with-forecasted-unit-sales-of-five-lampThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is informing the public of its collection of shipment data and creation of spreadsheet models to provide comparisons between 2016 and 2017 unit sales and benchmark estimate unit sales of five lamp types (i.e., rough service lamps, vibration service lamps, 3-way incandescent lamps, 2,601-3,300 lumen general service incandescent lamps, and shatter-resistant lamps). For 3-way incandescent lamps, 2,601-3,300 lumen general service incandescent lamps, and shatter-resistant lamps, the 2016 and 2017 sales are not greater than 200 percent of the forecasted estimates. The 2016 and 2017 unit sales for vibration service lamps are greater than 200 percent of the benchmark unit sales estimate. The 2016 unit sales for rough service lamps are greater than 200 percent of the benchmark unit sales estimate but the 2017 unit sales are below the benchmark unit sales estimate. DOE has prepared, and is making available on its website, a spreadsheet showing the comparisons of projected sales versus 2016 and 2017 sales, as well as the model used to generate the original sales estimates. The spreadsheet is available online at: https://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance_standards/ standards.aspx?productid=16.
2018-07-26Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentSPR Standard Sales ProvisionsThe Department of Energy (DOE or Department) proposes to amend its regulations to require publication of its Standard Sales Provisions for the price competitive sale of petroleum from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) on the DOE SPR website. Any...2018-15902"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-26/pdf/2018-15902.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/07/26/2018-15902/spr-standard-sales-provisionsThe Department of Energy (DOE or Department) proposes to amend its regulations to require publication of its Standard Sales Provisions for the price competitive sale of petroleum from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) on the DOE SPR website. Any subsequent revisions to its Standard Sales Provisions would also be published solely on the DOE SPR website. DOE further proposes that DOE would publish notification in the Federal Register and send notification to registered users in the SPR sales system that DOE has revised its Standard Sales Provisions on the DOE SPR website. Under the proposed rule, Notices of Sale would reference the Standard Sales Provisions published on the DOE SPR website in specifying which contractual terms and conditions, as well as contractor financial and performance responsibility measures, are applicable to that particular sale. The proposed rule is intended to expedite the preparation of and simplify the content of Notices of Sale, which in turn will reduce the administrative burden placed on prospective bidders.
2018-07-25RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentSmall-Scale Natural Gas ExportsThe Department of Energy (DOE or the Department) is revising its regulations to provide that DOE will issue an export authorization upon receipt of any complete application that seeks to export natural gas, including liquefied natural gas (LNG), to...2018-15903"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-25/pdf/2018-15903.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/07/25/2018-15903/small-scale-natural-gas-exportsThe Department of Energy (DOE or the Department) is revising its regulations to provide that DOE will issue an export authorization upon receipt of any complete application that seeks to export natural gas, including liquefied natural gas (LNG), to countries with which the United States has not entered into a free trade agreement (FTA) requiring national treatment for trade in natural gas and with which trade is not prohibited by U.S. law or policy (non-FTA countries), provided that the application satisfies the following two criteria: The application proposes to export natural gas in a volume up to and including 51.75 billion cubic feet (Bcf) per year (Bcf/yr) (equivalent to 0.14 Bcf per day (Bcf/d)), and DOE's approval of the application does not require an environmental impact statement (EIS) or an environmental assessment (EA) under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). Applications that satisfy these criteria are requesting authorization for ``small-scale natural gas exports,'' and DOE deems such exports to be consistent with the public interest under the Natural Gas Act (NGA). DOE's regulations regarding notice of applications and procedures conducted on applications do not apply to applications that satisfy these criteria. This regulation is intended to expedite DOE's processing of these applications and reduce administrative burdens for the small-scale natural gas export market.
2018-07-20Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentAppliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee: Notice of Public Meetings for the Variable Refrigerant Flow Multi-Split Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps Working Group To Negotiate a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Test Procedures and Energy Conservation StandardsThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE or the Department) announces public meetings for the variable refrigerant flow multi-split air conditioners and heat pumps (VRF multi-split systems) working group. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) requires...2018-15579"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-20/pdf/2018-15579.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/07/20/2018-15579/appliance-standards-and-rulemaking-federal-advisory-committee-notice-of-public-meetings-for-theThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE or the Department) announces public meetings for the variable refrigerant flow multi-split air conditioners and heat pumps (VRF multi-split systems) working group. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) requires that agencies publish notice of an advisory committee meeting in the Federal Register.
2018-07-20Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Single Package Vertical Air Conditioners and Single Package Vertical Heat PumpsThe U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') is initiating a data collection process through this request for information (``RFI'') to consider whether to amend DOE's test procedure for single package vertical air conditioners (``SPVACs'') and single...2018-15584"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-20/pdf/2018-15584.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/07/20/2018-15584/energy-conservation-program-test-procedure-for-single-package-vertical-air-conditioners-and-singleThe U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') is initiating a data collection process through this request for information (``RFI'') to consider whether to amend DOE's test procedure for single package vertical air conditioners (``SPVACs'') and single package vertical heat pumps (``SPVHPs''), collectively referred to as single package vertical units (``SPVUs''). To inform interested parties and to facilitate the process, DOE has gathered data, identifying several issues associated with the currently applicable test procedure on which DOE is interested in receiving comment. The issues outlined in this document mainly concern: Incorporation by reference of the applicable industry standard; efficiency metrics; clarification of test methods; and any additional topics that may inform DOE's decisions in a future test procedure rulemaking, including methods to reduce regulatory burden while ensuring the procedure's accuracy. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any of subject within the scope of this document (including topics not raised in this RFI).
2018-07-16RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionMedical Use of Byproduct Material-Medical Event Definitions, Training and Experience, and Clarifying AmendmentsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations related to the medical use of byproduct material. The final rule will amend the NRC regulations related to the medical use of byproduct material. This rule amends the reporting...2018-14852"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-16/pdf/2018-14852.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/07/16/2018-14852/medical-use-of-byproduct-material-medical-event-definitions-training-and-experience-and-clarifyingThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations related to the medical use of byproduct material. The final rule will amend the NRC regulations related to the medical use of byproduct material. This rule amends the reporting and notification requirements for a medical event (ME) for permanent implant brachytherapy. This rule also amends the training and experience (T&E) requirements to remove from multiple sections the requirement to obtain a written attestation for an individual who is certified by a specialty board whose certification process has been recognized by the NRC or an Agreement State; and address a request filed in a petition for rulemaking (PRM), PRM-35-20, to exempt certain board-certified individuals from certain T&E requirements (i.e., ``grandfather'' these individuals). Additionally, this rule amends the requirements for measuring molybdenum contamination; adds a new requirement for the reporting of failed technetium and rubidium generators; and allows licensees to name associate radiation safety officers (ARSOs) on a medical license.
2018-07-16RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionMedical Use of Byproduct Material-Medical Event; Definitions and Training and ExperienceThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing a final guidance document entitled, ``Final Guidance for the Rule `Medical Use of Byproduct Material--Medical Events Definitions, Training and Experience, and Clarifying Amendments.' '' This...2018-14853"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-16/pdf/2018-14853.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/07/16/2018-14853/medical-use-of-byproduct-material-medical-event-definitions-and-training-and-experienceThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing a final guidance document entitled, ``Final Guidance for the Rule `Medical Use of Byproduct Material--Medical Events Definitions, Training and Experience, and Clarifying Amendments.' '' This guidance document addresses implementation of the NRC's final rule amending its medical use of byproduct material regulations which is being published concurrently in Separate Part IV of this issue of the Federal Register.
2018-07-09Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Water-Source Heat PumpsOn June 22, 2018, the U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') published in the Federal Register a request for information (RFI) to consider whether to amend DOE's test procedure for commercial water- source heat pumps (``WSHPs''). This notice announces an...2018-14606"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-09/pdf/2018-14606.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/07/09/2018-14606/energy-conservation-program-test-procedure-for-water-source-heat-pumpsOn June 22, 2018, the U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') published in the Federal Register a request for information (RFI) to consider whether to amend DOE's test procedure for commercial water- source heat pumps (``WSHPs''). This notice announces an extension of the public comment period for submitting comments on the RFI or any other subject within the scope of the RFI. The comment period is extended to September 21, 2018.
2018-06-28Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Cooking Products, Notice of Petition for RulemakingThis document reopens the public comment period for submitting comments, data and information on the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) petition to withdraw the conventional cooking top test procedure published on April 25, 2018. The...2018-13927"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-28/pdf/2018-13927.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/28/2018-13927/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-cooking-products-notice-of-petition-for-rulemakingThis document reopens the public comment period for submitting comments, data and information on the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) petition to withdraw the conventional cooking top test procedure published on April 25, 2018. The public comment period closed on June 25, 2018 and is reopened for 21 days until July 19, 2018.
2018-06-28RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionMiscellaneous CorrectionsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to make miscellaneous administrative updates and corrections. The amendments update descriptions of agency organization and functions, correct cross-reference, typographical, and...2018-13877"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-28/pdf/2018-13877.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/28/2018-13877/miscellaneous-correctionsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to make miscellaneous administrative updates and corrections. The amendments update descriptions of agency organization and functions, correct cross-reference, typographical, and grammatical errors, and add a certification recipient and clarifying language. This document is necessary to inform the public of these non-substantive amendments to the NRC's regulations.
2018-06-25RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionRevision of Fee Schedules; Fee Recovery for Fiscal Year 2018The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending the licensing, inspection, special project, and annual fees charged to its applicants and licensees. These amendments are necessary to implement the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990, as...2018-13320"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-25/pdf/2018-13320.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/25/2018-13320/revision-of-fee-schedules-fee-recovery-for-fiscal-year-2018The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending the licensing, inspection, special project, and annual fees charged to its applicants and licensees. These amendments are necessary to implement the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990, as amended (OBRA-90) which requires the NRC to recover approximately 90 percent of its annual budget through fees.
2018-06-22Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Water-Source Heat PumpsThe U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') is initiating a data collection process through this RFI to consider whether to amend DOE's test procedure for commercial water-source heat pumps (``WSHPs''). To inform interested parties and to facilitate this...2018-13430"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-22/pdf/2018-13430.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/22/2018-13430/energy-conservation-program-test-procedure-for-water-source-heat-pumpsThe U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') is initiating a data collection process through this RFI to consider whether to amend DOE's test procedure for commercial water-source heat pumps (``WSHPs''). To inform interested parties and to facilitate this process, DOE has gathered data, identifying several issues associated with the currently applicable test procedure on which DOE is interested in receiving comment. The issues outlined in this document mainly concern: Methods that are incorporated by reference by the applicable industry standard; efficiency metrics and calculations; additional specifications for the test methods; and any additional topics that may inform DOE's decisions in a future test procedure rulemaking, including methods to reduce regulatory burden while ensuring the test procedure's accuracy. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including topics not raised in this RFI).
2018-06-19RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentFederal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects: Six Month Delay of the General Compliance Date of Revisions While Allowing the Use of Three Burden-Reducing Provisions During the Delay PeriodIn a final rule published on January 19, 2017, a number of federal departments and agencies revised to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (often referred to as the ``Common Rule''), which each department and agency adopted into...2018-13187"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-19/pdf/2018-13187.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/19/2018-13187/federal-policy-for-the-protection-of-human-subjects-six-month-delay-of-the-general-compliance-dateIn a final rule published on January 19, 2017, a number of federal departments and agencies revised to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (often referred to as the ``Common Rule''), which each department and agency adopted into regulations in its part of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) adopted the same changes in a final rule published on September 18, 2017. The revised Common Rule was scheduled to become effective on January 19, 2018, with a general compliance date of the same date. By an interim final rule issued on January 17, 2018 and published in the Federal Register on January 22, 2018, federal departments and agencies delayed the effective date and the general compliance date for the revised Common Rule for a 6-month period, until July 19, 2018. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published an interim final rule adopting the same regulatory changes on January 26, 2018. The revised Common Rule, including technical amendments made by the January 22, 2018 interim final rule, is referred to here as the ``2018 Requirements.'' On April 20, 2018, the federal departments and agencies listed here published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) proposing and seeking comments as to whether the general compliance date for the 2018 Requirements should be delayed for an additional 6-month period. The NPRM also proposed and sought comments on whether to allow regulated entities to implement certain burden-reducing provisions of the 2018 Requirements in specified circumstances during such continued delay period. Through this final rule, we are adopting the proposals described in the April 20, 2018 NPRM. This rule delays the general compliance date for the 2018 Requirements for an additional 6-month period, until January 21, 2019. As a result of this delay, regulated entities will be required, with an exception, to continue to comply with the requirements of the pre-2018 version of the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (the ``pre-2018 Requirements'') until January 21, 2019. The one exception to this general rule is that institutions will be permitted (but not required) to implement, for certain research, three burden-reducing provisions of the 2018 Requirements during the delay period (July 19, 2018, through January 20, 2019). Those three provisions are: The revised definition of ``research,'' which deems certain activities not to be research covered by the Common Rule; the elimination of the requirement for annual continuing review with respect to certain categories of research; and the elimination of the requirement that institutional review boards (IRBs) review grant applications or other funding proposals related to the research. Institutions taking advantage of the three-burden reducing provisions must comply with all other pre-2018 Requirements during the delay period. The three burden-reducing provisions of the 2018 Requirements can only be implemented during the delay period with respect to studies initiated prior to January 21, 2019 that will transition to compliance with the revised Common Rule. Any study that implements these three burden-reducing provisions during the delay period must, beginning on January 21, 2019, comply with all of the 2018 Requirements for the balance of the study's duration.
2018-05-30Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Metal Halide Lamp FixturesThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is initiating a data collection process through this request for information to consider whether to amend DOE's test procedure for metal halide lamp fixtures (MHLFs). To inform interested parties and to facilitate...2018-11547"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-30/pdf/2018-11547.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/30/2018-11547/energy-conservation-program-test-procedure-for-metal-halide-lamp-fixturesThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is initiating a data collection process through this request for information to consider whether to amend DOE's test procedure for metal halide lamp fixtures (MHLFs). To inform interested parties and to facilitate this process, DOE has gathered data and identified several issues associated with the currently applicable test procedure on which DOE is interested in receiving comment. The issues outlined in this document mainly concern updates to industry standards and potential clarifications to the existing test procedure for MHLFs. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document, including topics not directly outlined in this RFI. DOE also welcomes comments on any additional topics that may inform DOE's decisions in a potential future test procedure rulemaking, such as methods to reduce regulatory burden while ensuring the procedure's accuracy.
2018-05-16RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Ceiling Fan Light KitsThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is publishing this final rule to amend the compliance date for energy conservation standards for ceiling fan light kits (CFLKs). The energy conservation standards for CFLKs were issued by DOE on January 6, 2016, and...2018-10440"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-16/pdf/2018-10440.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/16/2018-10440/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-ceiling-fan-light-kitsThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is publishing this final rule to amend the compliance date for energy conservation standards for ceiling fan light kits (CFLKs). The energy conservation standards for CFLKs were issued by DOE on January 6, 2016, and compliance with the standards was required on January 7, 2019. The ``Ceiling Fan Energy Conservation Harmonization Act,'' subsequently deemed the compliance date for DOE's CFLKs standards to be January 21, 2020, and required DOE to amend its regulation to reflect this requirement. DOE is also updating a cross-reference in the regulations that was mistakenly not updated when the ceiling fan energy conservation standards were codified.
2018-05-15Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionCyber Security for Byproduct Materials LicenseesThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is discontinuing the rulemaking activity that would have developed cyber security requirements for byproduct materials licensees possessing risk- significant quantities of radioactive materials. The purpose...2018-10358"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-15/pdf/2018-10358.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/15/2018-10358/cyber-security-for-byproduct-materials-licenseesThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is discontinuing the rulemaking activity that would have developed cyber security requirements for byproduct materials licensees possessing risk- significant quantities of radioactive materials. The purpose of this action is to inform members of the public of the discontinuation of the rulemaking activity and to provide a brief discussion of the NRC's decision. The rulemaking activity will no longer be reported in the NRC's portion of the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions (the Unified Agenda).
2018-05-04RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionModified Small Quantities ProtocolThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to collect information on nuclear material possessed by entities in the U.S. Caribbean Territories, as well as to allow for International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspection...2018-09462"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-04/pdf/2018-09462.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/04/2018-09462/modified-small-quantities-protocolThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to collect information on nuclear material possessed by entities in the U.S. Caribbean Territories, as well as to allow for International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspection access, if requested by the IAEA. This final rule implements the requirements of ``The Agreement between the United States of America and the IAEA for the application of safeguards in connection with the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America'' (INFCIRC/366 or U.S.- IAEA Caribbean Territories Safeguards Agreement), that apply to the United States (U.S.) based on modifications to this Agreement's small quantities protocol.
2018-04-26RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentHuman Reliability ProgramDOE is amending its regulation concerning the Human Reliability Program (HRP). This regulation provides the policies and procedures to ensure that individuals who occupy positions affording unescorted access to certain nuclear materials, nuclear...2018-08697"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-26/pdf/2018-08697.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/26/2018-08697/human-reliability-programDOE is amending its regulation concerning the Human Reliability Program (HRP). This regulation provides the policies and procedures to ensure that individuals who occupy positions affording unescorted access to certain nuclear materials, nuclear explosive devices, facilities and programs meet the highest standards of reliability and physical and mental suitability. The revisions include some clarification of the procedures and burden of proof applicable in certification review hearings, the addition and modification of certain definitions, and a clear statement that a security concern can be reviewed pursuant to the HRP regulation in addition to the DOE regulations for determining eligibility for access to classified matter or special nuclear material. These revisions are intended to provide better guidance to HRP-certified individuals and to ensure consistency in HRP decision making.
2018-04-25Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Cooking Products, Notification of Petition for RulemakingOn March 26, 2018, the Department of Energy (DOE) received a petition from the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) to withdraw, and immediately stay the effectiveness of, the conventional cooking top test procedure. Through this...2018-08641"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-25/pdf/2018-08641.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/25/2018-08641/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-cooking-products-notification-of-petition-forOn March 26, 2018, the Department of Energy (DOE) received a petition from the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) to withdraw, and immediately stay the effectiveness of, the conventional cooking top test procedure. Through this notification, DOE seeks comment on the petition, as well as any data or information that could be used in DOE's determination whether to proceed with the petition.
2018-04-24Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Dishwashers, Notification of Petition for RulemakingOn March 21, 2018, the Department of Energy (DOE) received a petition from the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) to define a new product class under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) for residential dishwashers. The new product class...2018-08521"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-24/pdf/2018-08521.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/24/2018-08521/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-dishwashers-notification-of-petitionOn March 21, 2018, the Department of Energy (DOE) received a petition from the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) to define a new product class under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) for residential dishwashers. The new product class would cover dishwashers with a cycle time of less than one hour from washing through drying. Through this notification, DOE seeks comment on the petition, as well as any data or information that could be used in DOE's determination whether to proceed with the petition.
2018-04-23Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentNuclear Classification and DeclassificationThe Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to revise its regulations concerning the requirements for classification and declassification of Restricted Data (RD) and Formerly Restricted Data (FRD). Since 1997, when DOE amended the regulations, changes in...2018-07990"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-23/pdf/2018-07990.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/23/2018-07990/nuclear-classification-and-declassificationThe Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to revise its regulations concerning the requirements for classification and declassification of Restricted Data (RD) and Formerly Restricted Data (FRD). Since 1997, when DOE amended the regulations, changes in legislation and DOE and national policies have rendered portions of the existing regulations outdated. The proposed revisions update the regulations to address these changes. Additional changes made are to clarify requirements, as well as allow agencies more flexibility in implementing RD/FRD programs. This proposed rule is rewritten for clarity and reorganized for ease of use.
2018-04-20Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentFederal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects: Proposed Six Month Delay of the General Compliance Date While Allowing the Use of Three Burden-Reducing Provisions During the Delay PeriodIn a final rule published on January 19, 2017, federal departments and agencies made revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (hereafter the ``2018 Requirements''). The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) adopted the...2018-08231"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-20/pdf/2018-08231.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/20/2018-08231/federal-policy-for-the-protection-of-human-subjects-proposed-six-month-delay-of-the-generalIn a final rule published on January 19, 2017, federal departments and agencies made revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (hereafter the ``2018 Requirements''). The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) adopted the same regulatory changes in a separate final rule published on September 18, 2017. The 2018 Requirements were scheduled to become effective on January 19, 2018, with a general compliance date of January 19, 2018 (with the exception of the revisions to the cooperative research provision). The departments and agencies listed in this document have also published an interim final rule delaying the effective date and general compliance date for the 2018 Requirements for six months, to cover the time period of January 19, 2018 until July 19, 2018. As per the interim final rule, the effective date of the 2018 Requirements is now July 19, 2018. The departments and agencies listed in this document propose delaying the general compliance date for the 2018 Requirements for an additional six months, for the time period of July 19, 2018 until January 21, 2019. This proposed rule is intended to provide additional time to regulated entities for the preparations necessary to implement the 2018 Requirements. This proposed rule, if finalized, would require regulated entities to continue to comply with the requirements of the current Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (hereafter the ``pre-2018 Requirements'') until January 21, 2019. This proposal also takes comment on whether to permit institutions to implement, for certain research studies, the following provisions in the 2018 Requirements during the period from July 19, 2018, until January 21, 2019, that the general compliance date is delayed. Those three provisions, intended to reduce burdens on regulated entities, are the 2018 Requirements' definition of ``research,'' which deems certain activities not to be research, the allowance for no annual continuing review of certain categories of research, and the elimination of the requirement that institutional review boards (IRBs) review grant applications related to the research. The way that this option is proposed, regulated entities would be required to comply with all pre- 2018 Requirements during the period that the general compliance date is delayed, except for provisions substituted by the three burden-reducing provisions of the 2018 Requirements. As described in section III, below, this flexibility is proposed only for studies for which an institution makes a choice to transition to comply with the 2018 Requirements, beginning on July 19, 2018. In order to clearly describe this proposed flexibility, including how it would impact institutions choosing to transition research to comply with the 2018 Requirements, this document proposes a redrafted transition provision.
2018-04-11Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentAppliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee: Notification of Intent To Establish a Working Group for Variable Refrigerant Flow Multi-Split Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps To Negotiate a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Test Procedures and Energy Conservation StandardsThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE or the Department) is giving notice that DOE intends to establish a negotiated rulemaking working group under the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC) in accordance with the Federal...2018-07487"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-11/pdf/2018-07487.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/11/2018-07487/appliance-standards-and-rulemaking-federal-advisory-committee-notification-of-intent-to-establish-aThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE or the Department) is giving notice that DOE intends to establish a negotiated rulemaking working group under the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC) in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) and the Negotiated Rulemaking Act (NRA) to negotiate proposed test procedures and amended energy conservation standards for variable refrigerant flow multi-split air conditioners and heat pumps (VRF multi-split systems). The purpose of the working group will be to discuss and, if possible, reach consensus on a proposed rule regarding test procedures and energy conservation standards for VRF multi-split systems, as authorized by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) of 1975, as amended. The working group will consist of representatives of parties having a defined stake in the outcome of the proposed standards and/or test procedure, and will consult as appropriate with a range of experts on technical issues. DOE is hereby soliciting nominations for members of the VRF multi-split systems working group. Application packages should be submitted to DOE by April 26, 2018.
2018-03-22Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionRequirements for the Indefinite Storage of Spent Nuclear FuelThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has received a petition for rulemaking from Raymond Lutz and Citizens Oversight, Inc. (the Petitioners), dated January 2, 2018, requesting that the NRC amend its regulations regarding spent nuclear fuel...2018-05776"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-22/pdf/2018-05776.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/03/22/2018-05776/requirements-for-the-indefinite-storage-of-spent-nuclear-fuelThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has received a petition for rulemaking from Raymond Lutz and Citizens Oversight, Inc. (the Petitioners), dated January 2, 2018, requesting that the NRC amend its regulations regarding spent nuclear fuel storage systems. The petition was docketed by the NRC on January 22, 2018, and has been assigned Docket No. PRM-72-8. The NRC is examining the issues raised in PRM-72-8 to determine whether they should be considered in rulemaking. The NRC is requesting public comment on this petition.
2018-02-23Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards Program DesignThe Department of Energy (DOE) published, on November 28, 2017, a Request for Information (RFI) seeking comments from interested parties to assist DOE in evaluating the potential advantages and disadvantages of additional flexibilities in the U.S....2018-03737"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-23/pdf/2018-03737.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/02/23/2018-03737/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-program-designThe Department of Energy (DOE) published, on November 28, 2017, a Request for Information (RFI) seeking comments from interested parties to assist DOE in evaluating the potential advantages and disadvantages of additional flexibilities in the U.S. Appliance and Equipment Energy Conservations Standards (ECS) program. The comment period for the RFI ends on February 26, 2018. Through this notice, DOE extends the comment period until March 26, 2018.
2018-02-14Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionGreater-Than-Class C and Transuranic WasteThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is seeking stakeholder participation and involvement in identifying the various technical issues that should be considered in the development of a regulatory basis for the disposal of Greater-than-Class C...2018-03085"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-14/pdf/2018-03085.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/02/14/2018-03085/greater-than-class-c-and-transuranic-wasteThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is seeking stakeholder participation and involvement in identifying the various technical issues that should be considered in the development of a regulatory basis for the disposal of Greater-than-Class C (GTCC) and transuranic radioactive waste through means other than a deep geologic disposal, including near surface disposal. To assist in this process, the NRC is holding a public meeting and is requesting that stakeholders respond to the questions discussed in Section IV, ``Specific Request for Comments,'' of this document.
2018-02-07Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionRegulatory Improvements for Power Reactors Transitioning to DecommissioningThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has prepared a regulatory analysis to support the regulatory basis for a rulemaking to amend the NRC's regulations for the decommissioning of nuclear power reactors. This regulatory analysis is based on...2018-02402"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-07/pdf/2018-02402.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/02/07/2018-02402/regulatory-improvements-for-power-reactors-transitioning-to-decommissioningThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has prepared a regulatory analysis to support the regulatory basis for a rulemaking to amend the NRC's regulations for the decommissioning of nuclear power reactors. This regulatory analysis is based on receipt of public comments for the preliminary draft regulatory analysis, which was issued in the Federal Register on May 9, 2017. The NRC is making the regulatory analysis available for public information.
2018-02-07Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Procedures, Interpretations, and Policies for Consideration of New or Revised Energy Conservation Standards for Consumer ProductsThe Department of Energy (DOE) published, on December 18, 2017, a Request for Information (RFI) seeking comments from interested parties to assist DOE in identifying potential modifications to its ``Process Rule'' for the development of appliance...2018-02440"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-07/pdf/2018-02440.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/02/07/2018-02440/energy-conservation-program-procedures-interpretations-and-policies-for-consideration-of-new-orThe Department of Energy (DOE) published, on December 18, 2017, a Request for Information (RFI) seeking comments from interested parties to assist DOE in identifying potential modifications to its ``Process Rule'' for the development of appliance standards. The comment period for the RFI ends on February 16, 2018. Through this notice, DOE extends the comment period until March 2, 2018.
2018-01-25Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionRevision of Fee Schedules; Fee Recovery for Fiscal Year 2018The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend the licensing, inspection, special project, and annual fees charged to its applicants and licensees. These proposed amendments are necessary to implement the Omnibus Budget...2018-01065"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-25/pdf/2018-01065.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/25/2018-01065/revision-of-fee-schedules-fee-recovery-for-fiscal-year-2018The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend the licensing, inspection, special project, and annual fees charged to its applicants and licensees. These proposed amendments are necessary to implement the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990, as amended (OBRA-90), which requires the NRC to recover approximately 90 percent of its annual budget through fees; amounts appropriated for Waste Incidental to Reprocessing (WIR), generic homeland security activities, and Inspector General (IG) services for the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, as well as any amounts appropriated from the Nuclear Waste Fund, are excluded from this fee-recovery requirement. The NRC is issuing the fiscal year (FY) 2018 proposed fee rule based on the FY 2018 budget request since full-year appropriations have not yet been enacted for FY 2018. The NRC is using $967.0 million for the total budget authority in the proposed fee rule because it has included an adjustment to account for funding of $15.0 million for the Integrated University Program, which was not included in the budget request, but has historically been included by Congress in the final appropriations bill. Based on that total budget authority, the NRC is proposing to collect $826.7 million in fees in FY 2018. If the NRC receives an appropriation providing a different total budget authority, the final fee rule will reflect the final appropriation.
2018-01-24RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: TN Americas LLC, Standardized NUHOMS® Horizontal Modular Storage System, Certificate of Compliance No. 1004, Renewal of Initial Certificate and Amendment Nos. 1 Through 11 and 13, Revision 1, and 14; CorrectionsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published a direct final rule in the Federal Register on September 27, 2017, which amended its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Standardized NUHOMS[supreg] Horizontal Modular Storage System...2018-01278"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-24/pdf/2018-01278.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/24/2018-01278/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-tn-americas-llc-standardized-nuhoms-horizontal-modularThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published a direct final rule in the Federal Register on September 27, 2017, which amended its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Standardized NUHOMS[supreg] Horizontal Modular Storage System (NUHOMS[supreg] System) listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to renew, for an additional 40-year period, the initial certificate and Amendment Nos. 1 through 11 and 13, Revision 1, and Amendment No. 14 of Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1004. That direct final rule was effective on December 11, 2017. The technical specifications (TS) for the NUHOMS[supreg] System, Renewed Amendments No. 11, Revision 1, and No. 13, Revision 1 included an incorrect title in Figure 1-15. The purpose of this action is to correct this minor editorial and non-substantive error to Figure 1-15 for both Renewed Amendments No. 11, Revision 1, and No. 13, Revision 1.
2018-01-22RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentFederal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects: Delay of the Revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human SubjectsIn a final rule published on January 19, 2017, federal departments and agencies listed in this document made revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) adopted the same regulatory...2018-00997"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-22/pdf/2018-00997.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/22/2018-00997/federal-policy-for-the-protection-of-human-subjects-delay-of-the-revisions-to-the-federal-policy-forIn a final rule published on January 19, 2017, federal departments and agencies listed in this document made revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) adopted the same regulatory changes in a separate final rule published on September 18, 2017. The revised policy, reflected in both final rules, is described here as the ``2018 Requirements.'' The 2018 Requirements are scheduled to become effective on January 19, 2018, with a general compliance date of January 19, 2018 (with the exception of the revisions to the cooperative research provision). This interim final rule delays the effective date and general compliance date of the 2018 Requirements to July 19, 2018. The federal departments and agencies listed in this document are in the process of developing a proposed rule to further delay implementation of the 2018 Requirements. The limited implementation delay accomplished by this interim final rule both provides additional time to regulated entities for the preparations necessary to implement the 2018 Requirements, and additional time for the departments and agencies listed in this document to seek input from interested stakeholders through a notice and comment rulemaking process that allows for public engagement on the proposal for a further implementation delay.
2018-01-18RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionIncorporation by Reference of American Society of Mechanical Engineers Codes and Code Cases; CorrectionThe 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...2018-00708"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-18/pdf/2018-00708.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/18/2018-00708/incorporation-by-reference-of-american-society-of-mechanical-engineers-codes-and-code-casesThe 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.
2018-01-18Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Microwave OvensThe U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') is initiating a data collection process through this request for information to consider whether to amend DOE's test procedures for microwave ovens. To inform interested parties and to facilitate this process,...2018-00776"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-18/pdf/2018-00776.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/18/2018-00776/energy-conservation-program-test-procedure-for-microwave-ovensThe U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') is initiating a data collection process through this request for information to consider whether to amend DOE's test procedures for microwave ovens. To inform interested parties and to facilitate this process, DOE has gathered data, identifying several issues associated with the currently applicable test procedures on which DOE is interested in receiving comment. The issues outlined in this document mainly concern the measurement of active mode, standby mode, and off mode energy use, and an integrated annual energy use metric for microwave ovens; and any additional topics that may inform DOE's decisions in a future test procedure rulemaking, including methods to reduce regulatory burden while ensuring the procedures' accuracy. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including topics not raised in this RFI).
2018-01-17RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionApproval of American Society of Mechanical Engineers' Code CasesThe 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...2018-00112"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-17/pdf/2018-00112.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/17/2018-00112/approval-of-american-society-of-mechanical-engineers-code-casesThe 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.
2018-01-12RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionAdjustment of Civil Penalties for Inflation for Fiscal Year 2018The 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...2018-00368"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-12/pdf/2018-00368.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/12/2018-00368/adjustment-of-civil-penalties-for-inflation-for-fiscal-year-2018The 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.
2018-01-11RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentInflation Adjustment of Civil Monetary PenaltiesThe Department of Energy (``DOE'') publishes this final rule to adjust DOE's civil monetary penalties (``CMPs'') for inflation as mandated by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as further amended by the Federal Civil...2018-00206"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-11/pdf/2018-00206.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/11/2018-00206/inflation-adjustment-of-civil-monetary-penaltiesThe Department of Energy (``DOE'') publishes this final rule to adjust DOE's civil monetary penalties (``CMPs'') for inflation as mandated by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as further amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (collectively referred to herein as ``the Act''). This rule adjusts CMPs within the jurisdiction of DOE to the maximum amount required by the Act.
2018-01-10RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentGrid Security Emergency Orders: Procedures for IssuanceThe U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') is issuing a final rule that establishes procedural regulations concerning the Secretary of Energy's issuance of an emergency order under the Federal Power Act. The statute authorizes the Secretary of Energy to...2018-00259"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-10/pdf/2018-00259.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/10/2018-00259/grid-security-emergency-orders-procedures-for-issuanceThe U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') is issuing a final rule that establishes procedural regulations concerning the Secretary of Energy's issuance of an emergency order under the Federal Power Act. The statute authorizes the Secretary of Energy to order emergency measures, following a Presidential declaration of a grid security emergency, to protect or restore the reliability of critical electric infrastructure or defense critical electric infrastructure during the emergency. A grid security emergency could result from a physical attack, a cyber-attack using electronic communication, an electromagnetic pulse (EMP), or a geomagnetic storm event, damaging certain electricity infrastructure assets and impairing the reliability of the Nation's power grid. The procedures established by this final rule will ensure the expeditious issuance of emergency orders under the Federal Power Act.
2017-12-26RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Rough Service Lamps and Vibration Service LampsThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is publishing this final rule in order to codify in the Code of Federal Regulations certain backstop requirements for rough service lamps and vibration service lamps that Congress prescribed in the Energy Policy and...2017-27744"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-26/pdf/2017-27744.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/12/26/2017-27744/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-rough-service-lamps-and-vibrationThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is publishing this final rule in order to codify in the Code of Federal Regulations certain backstop requirements for rough service lamps and vibration service lamps that Congress prescribed in the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. These backstop requirements apply as a result of the subject lamps exceeding sales thresholds specified in the statute. In particular, this rule applies a statutorily-established 40-watt maximum energy use and packaging limitation to rough service lamps and vibration service lamps.
2017-12-18Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentProcedures, Interpretations, and Policies for Consideration of New or Revised Energy Conservation Standards for Consumer ProductsAs part of its implementation of, ``Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs,'' (January 30, 2017) and, ``Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,'' (Feb. 24, 2017), the Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking comments and information from...2017-27066"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-18/pdf/2017-27066.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/12/18/2017-27066/procedures-interpretations-and-policies-for-consideration-of-new-or-revised-energy-conservationAs part of its implementation of, ``Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs,'' (January 30, 2017) and, ``Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,'' (Feb. 24, 2017), the Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking comments and information from interested parties to assist DOE in identifying potential modifications to its ``Process Rule'' for the development of appliance standards to achieve meaningful burden reduction while continuing to achieve the Department's statutory obligations in the development of appliance standards. DOE will also hold a public meeting to receive input from interested parties on potential improvements to the ``Process Rule''. This RFI is the first in a series of steps DOE is taking to consider modifications to the ``Process Rule.'' Subsequently, DOE expects to expeditiously publish an ANPRM that will provide feedback on the public comment received in response to this notice and seek additional information on potential improvements to our process for developing and promulgating energy efficiency standards.
2017-12-18RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentWorker Safety and Health ProgramThe Department of Energy (DOE) is amending the worker safety and health program regulations to update the safety and health standards and delete the obsolete directives currently incorporated by reference in the code of federal regulations. The...2017-27190"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-18/pdf/2017-27190.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/12/18/2017-27190/worker-safety-and-health-programThe Department of Energy (DOE) is amending the worker safety and health program regulations to update the safety and health standards and delete the obsolete directives currently incorporated by reference in the code of federal regulations. The regulatory amendments do not alter substantive rights or obligations under current law.
2017-12-08RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: TN Americas LLC, Standardized NUHOMS® Horizontal Modular Storage System, Certificate of Compliance No. 1004, Renewal of Initial Certificate and Amendment Nos. 1 Through 11 and 13, Revision 1, and 14The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is confirming the effective date of December 11, 2017, for the direct final rule that was published in the Federal Register on September 27, 2017. This direct final rule amended the NRC's spent fuel storage...2017-26508"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-08/pdf/2017-26508.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/12/08/2017-26508/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-tn-americas-llc-standardized-nuhoms-horizontal-modularThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is confirming the effective date of December 11, 2017, for the direct final rule that was published in the Federal Register on September 27, 2017. This direct final rule amended the NRC's spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Standardized NUHOMS[supreg] Horizontal Modular Storage System (NUHOMS[supreg] System) listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to renew, for an additional 40-year period, the initial certificate and Amendment Nos. 1 through 11 and 13, Revision 1, and Amendment No. 14 of Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1004. These changes require, among other things, that all future amendments and revisions to this CoC include evaluations of the impacts to aging management activities (i.e., time-limited aging analyses (TLAAs) and aging management programs (AMPs)) to ensure that they remain adequate to timely identify any changes to spent fuel storage cask systems, structures, and components (SSCs) within the scope of the renewal.
2017-12-04RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentProcedures for Determining Eligibility for Access to Classified Matter or Special Nuclear MaterialThe Department of Energy (DOE) is amending its regulations which set forth the policies and procedures for resolving questions concerning eligibility for DOE access authorization. The revisions update appendix A, and related text, with the most current...2017-25257"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-04/pdf/2017-25257.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/12/04/2017-25257/procedures-for-determining-eligibility-for-access-to-classified-matter-or-special-nuclear-materialThe Department of Energy (DOE) is amending its regulations which set forth the policies and procedures for resolving questions concerning eligibility for DOE access authorization. The revisions update appendix A, and related text, with the most current national standards for determining eligibility for access to classified matter and special nuclear material, and delete references to Executive Order 10450, which was revoked pursuant to Executive Order 13764, dated January 17, 2017.
2017-11-28Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards Program DesignThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is evaluating the potential advantages and disadvantages of additional flexibilities in the U.S. Appliance and Equipment Energy Conservation Standards (ECS) program. Flexibilities could include market-based...2017-25663"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-28/pdf/2017-25663.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/11/28/2017-25663/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-program-designThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is evaluating the potential advantages and disadvantages of additional flexibilities in the U.S. Appliance and Equipment Energy Conservation Standards (ECS) program. Flexibilities could include market-based approaches such as those used to set average efficiency standards, feebate programs, or other approaches that may reduce compliance costs and/or increase consumer choice while preserving or enhancing appliance efficiency. This RFI discusses key issues and requests feedback on the possible design of such a program. DOE additionally requests feedback on possible economic efficiency gains, impacts on consumer and manufacturer costs and on energy savings, and suggestions for a pilot product category and/or phase-in of revisions across the ECS program. DOE also requests feedback on any potential challenges associated with designing and implementing any of these flexible program approaches as well as possible solutions.
2017-11-27Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionRegulatory Improvements for Power Reactors Transitioning to DecommissioningThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is publishing a regulatory basis to support a rulemaking that would amend the NRC's regulations for the decommissioning of nuclear power reactors. The NRC's goals in amending these regulations would be to...2017-25552"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-27/pdf/2017-25552.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/11/27/2017-25552/regulatory-improvements-for-power-reactors-transitioning-to-decommissioningThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is publishing a regulatory basis to support a rulemaking that would amend the NRC's regulations for the decommissioning of nuclear power reactors. The NRC's goals in amending these regulations would be to provide for an efficient decommissioning process; reduce the need for exemptions from existing regulations; address other decommissioning issues deemed relevant by the NRC staff; and support the principles of good regulation, including openness, clarity, and reliability.
2017-11-24Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionLow-Level Radioactive Waste DisposalOn October 17, 2017, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) requested public comment on the draft regulatory analysis, ``Draft Regulatory Analysis for Final Rule: Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal.'' The public comment period closed on...2017-25341"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-24/pdf/2017-25341.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/11/24/2017-25341/low-level-radioactive-waste-disposalOn October 17, 2017, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) requested public comment on the draft regulatory analysis, ``Draft Regulatory Analysis for Final Rule: Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal.'' The public comment period closed on November 16, 2017. The NRC has decided to extend the public comment period until December 18, 2017, to allow more time for members of the public to develop and submit their comments.
2017-11-15Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionEmergency Preparedness Requirements for Small Modular Reactors and Other New TechnologiesThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is making available a regulatory basis document in support of a rulemaking that would develop new emergency preparedness (EP) requirements for small modular reactors (SMRs) and other new technologies (ONTs),...2017-24672"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-15/pdf/2017-24672.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/11/15/2017-24672/emergency-preparedness-requirements-for-small-modular-reactors-and-other-new-technologiesThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is making available a regulatory basis document in support of a rulemaking that would develop new emergency preparedness (EP) requirements for small modular reactors (SMRs) and other new technologies (ONTs), such as non- light-water reactors and medical isotope production facilities. The regulatory basis concludes that there is sufficient justification to proceed with rulemaking to develop a clear set of rules and guidance for EP for SMRs and ONTs. The regulatory basis also concludes that the principle of using a dose-at-distance and consequence-oriented approach to determine the appropriate size of an emergency planning zone can be applied to SMRs and ONTs. The NRC is not seeking public comment on this document. There will be an opportunity for formal public comment on the proposed rule when it is published in the Federal Register.
2017-11-15RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionMiscellaneous CorrectionsThe 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...2017-24259"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-15/pdf/2017-24259.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/11/15/2017-24259/miscellaneous-correctionsThe 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.
2017-11-06Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionNaturally-Occurring and Accelerator-Produced Radioactive MaterialsOn August 23, 2017, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) requested public comment on a Petition for Rulemaking (PRM) received from Matthew McKinley on behalf of the Organization of Agreement States (OAS, or the Petitioner). The public comment...2017-24122"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-06/pdf/2017-24122.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/11/06/2017-24122/naturally-occurring-and-accelerator-produced-radioactive-materialsOn August 23, 2017, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) requested public comment on a Petition for Rulemaking (PRM) received from Matthew McKinley on behalf of the Organization of Agreement States (OAS, or the Petitioner). The public comment period is scheduled to close on November 6, 2017. The NRC has decided to extend the public comment period for 30 calendar days to allow more time for members of the public to develop and submit their comments.
2017-11-02Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Electric Motors and Small Electric MotorsThis notice announces receipt and publishes petitions from the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and UL LLC (UL) requesting that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) incorporate the IEC 60034-2-1:2014 (2014) test methods 2-1-1A and...2017-23634"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-02/pdf/2017-23634.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/11/02/2017-23634/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-electric-motors-and-small-electric-motorsThis notice announces receipt and publishes petitions from the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and UL LLC (UL) requesting that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) incorporate the IEC 60034-2-1:2014 (2014) test methods 2-1-1A and 2-1-1B as alternative test methods in addition to the existing test methods referenced in its regulations for determining the energy efficiency of certain electric motors and small electric motors: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) standards 112-2004 Method B (2004) and 114-2010 (2010); and Canadian Standards Association standards (CSA) C390-10 (2010) and C747-09 (2009). NEMA found IEC 60034-2-1:2014 Method 2-1-1B to be equivalent to IEEE 112-2004 Method B and CSA C390-10 UL testing found IEC 60034-2-1:2004 Method 2-1-1B results to be in close agreement with those of CSA C390-10, and noted that the respective methodologies of IEC 60034-2-1:2014 Method 2-1-1A and CSA C747 were also in accord. DOE solicits comments, data, and information concerning NEMA's and UL's petitions.
2017-10-31Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Distribution TransformersOn September 22, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a request for information (RFI) pertaining to the test procedures for distribution transformers. The RFI provided an opportunity for submitting written comments, data, and information...2017-23635"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-10-31/pdf/2017-23635.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/10/31/2017-23635/energy-conservation-program-test-procedure-for-distribution-transformersOn September 22, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a request for information (RFI) pertaining to the test procedures for distribution transformers. The RFI provided an opportunity for submitting written comments, data, and information by October 23, 2017. This document announces that the period for submitting comments on the RFI is to be re-opened until November 6, 2017.
2017-10-06Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionFire Protection Compensatory MeasuresThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has received a petition for rulemaking dated May 1, 2017, from David Lochbaum with co- petitioner Paul Gunter, on behalf of the Union of Concerned Scientists and Beyond Nuclear (the petitioners), requesting...2017-21544"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-10-06/pdf/2017-21544.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/10/06/2017-21544/fire-protection-compensatory-measuresThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has received a petition for rulemaking dated May 1, 2017, from David Lochbaum with co- petitioner Paul Gunter, on behalf of the Union of Concerned Scientists and Beyond Nuclear (the petitioners), requesting that the NRC ``promulgate regulations that establish acceptable conditions for use of compensatory measures (e.g., fire watches, surveillance cameras, etc.) during periods when fire protection regulations are not met.'' The petition was docketed by the NRC on May 26, 2017, and has been assigned Docket No. PRM-50-115. The NRC is examining the issues raised in PRM- 50-115 to determine whether they should be considered in rulemaking. The NRC is requesting public comment on this petition.
2017-10-06RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionPrompt Remediation of Residual Radioactivity During OperationThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is discontinuing a rulemaking activity that would have required licensees to remediate residual radioactivity resulting from licensed activities during facility operations, rather than at license...2017-21546"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-10-06/pdf/2017-21546.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/10/06/2017-21546/prompt-remediation-of-residual-radioactivity-during-operationThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is discontinuing a rulemaking activity that would have required licensees to remediate residual radioactivity resulting from licensed activities during facility operations, rather than at license termination. The purpose of this action is to inform members of the public that this rulemaking activity is being discontinued and to provide a brief discussion of the NRC's decision to discontinue it. This rulemaking activity will no longer be reported in the NRC's portion of the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions (the Unified Agenda).
2017-09-27RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: TN Americas LLC, Standardized NUHOMS® Horizontal Modular Storage System, Certificate of Compliance No. 1004, Renewal of Initial Certificate and Amendment Nos. 1 Through 11, 13, Revision 1, and 14The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Standardized NUHOMS[supreg] Horizontal Modular Storage System (NUHOMS[supreg] System) listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage...2017-20710"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-27/pdf/2017-20710.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/09/27/2017-20710/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-tn-americas-llc-standardized-nuhoms-horizontal-modularThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Standardized NUHOMS[supreg] Horizontal Modular Storage System (NUHOMS[supreg] System) listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to renew, for an additional 40-year period, Revision 1 of the initial certificate and Amendment Nos. 1 through 11, and 13, and Amendment No. 14 of Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1004. These changes require, among other things, that all future amendments and revisions to this CoC include evaluations of the impacts to aging management activities (i.e., time-limited aging analyses and aging management programs (AMPs)) to ensure that they remain adequate for any changes to spent fuel storage cask systems, structures, and components (SSCs) within the scope of the renewal. Each general licensee using a NUHOMS[supreg] System at a reactor site must have a program to establish, implement, and maintain written procedures for each AMP described in the AREVA Inc. (AREVA) Updated Final Safety Analysis Report (UFSAR). In addition, the renewals reflect the change in the name of the CoC holder from AREVA to TN Americas LLC, and make several other changes as described in Section IV, ``Discussion of Changes,'' in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.
2017-09-27Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: TN Americas LLC, Standardized NUHOMS® Horizontal Modular Storage System, Certificate of Compliance No. 1004, Renewal of Initial Certificate and Amendment Nos. 1 Through 11, 13, Revision 1, and 14The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Standardized NUHOMS[supreg] Horizontal Modular Storage System (NUHOMS[supreg] System) listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel...2017-20709"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-27/pdf/2017-20709.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/09/27/2017-20709/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-tn-americas-llc-standardized-nuhoms-horizontal-modularThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Standardized NUHOMS[supreg] Horizontal Modular Storage System (NUHOMS[supreg] System) listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to renew, for an additional 40-year period, Revision 1 of the initial certificate and Amendment Nos. 1 through 11, and 13, and Amendment No. 14 of Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1004. These changes require, among other things, that all future amendments and revisions to this CoC include evaluations of the impacts to aging management activities (i.e., time-limited aging analyses and aging management programs (AMPs)) to ensure that they remain adequate for any changes to spent fuel storage cask systems, structures, and components (SSCs) within the scope of the renewal. Each general licensee using a NUHOMS[supreg] System at a reactor site must have a program to establish, implement, and maintain written procedures for each AMP described in the AREVA Inc. (AREVA) Updated Final Safety Analysis Report (UFSAR). In addition, the renewals reflect the change in the name of the CoC holder from AREVA to TN Americas LLC, and make several other changes as described in Section IV, ``Discussion of Changes,'' in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of a companion direct final rule published in the Rules and Regulations section of this issue of the Federal Register.
2017-09-22Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Distribution TransformersThe U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') is initiating a data collection process through this RFI to consider whether to amend DOE's test procedure for distribution transformers. To inform interested parties and to facilitate this process, DOE has...2017-20225"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-22/pdf/2017-20225.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/09/22/2017-20225/energy-conservation-program-test-procedure-for-distribution-transformersThe U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') is initiating a data collection process through this RFI to consider whether to amend DOE's test procedure for distribution transformers. To inform interested parties and to facilitate this process, DOE has gathered data, identifying several issues associated with the currently applicable test procedure on which DOE is interested in receiving comment. The issues outlined in this document mainly concern the degree to which the per-unit load (``PUL'') testing measurement accurately represents in- service distribution transformer performance, and provides test results that reflect energy efficiency, energy use, and estimated operating costs during a representative average use cycle of an in-service transformer; sampling; representations; alternative energy determination methods (``AEDMs''); and any additional topics that may inform DOE's decisions in a future test procedure rulemaking, including methods to reduce regulatory burden while ensuring the procedure's accuracy. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including topics not raised in this RFI).
2017-09-22RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionRegulatory Issue Summary Regarding Certificate of Compliance Corrections and RevisionsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing Regulatory Issue Summary (RIS) 2017-05, ``Administration of 10 CFR part 72 Certificate of Compliance Corrections and Revisions.'' This RIS informs all holders of certificates of compliance and all...2017-20226"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-22/pdf/2017-20226.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/09/22/2017-20226/regulatory-issue-summary-regarding-certificate-of-compliance-corrections-and-revisionsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing Regulatory Issue Summary (RIS) 2017-05, ``Administration of 10 CFR part 72 Certificate of Compliance Corrections and Revisions.'' This RIS informs all holders of certificates of compliance and all general licensees subject to the licensing requirements for the independent storage of spent nuclear fuel, high-level radioactive waste, and reactor-related greater than Class C waste, of the processes to revise an initial certificate of compliance and subsequent amendments to make administrative corrections and technical changes using the existing regulatory framework.
2017-09-21RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: EnergySolutionsTMThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is confirming the effective date of September 20, 2017, for the direct final rule that was published in the Federal Register on July 7, 2017. This direct final rule amended the NRC's spent fuel storage...2017-20010"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-21/pdf/2017-20010.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/09/21/2017-20010/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-energysolutionstmThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is confirming the effective date of September 20, 2017, for the direct final rule that was published in the Federal Register on July 7, 2017. This direct final rule amended the NRC's spent fuel storage regulations by revising the EnergySolutions\TM\ Corporation's VSC-24 Ventilated Storage Cask System listing within the ``List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks'' to renew, for an additional 40 years, the initial certificate and Amendment Nos. 1-6 of Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1007.
2017-09-05RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: Holtec International HI-STORM Flood/Wind Multipurpose Canister Storage System, Certificate of Compliance No. 1032, Amendment No. 3The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is confirming the effective date of September 11, 2017, for the direct final rule that was published in the Federal Register on June 28, 2017. This direct final rule amended NRC's spent fuel storage...2017-18699"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-05/pdf/2017-18699.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/09/05/2017-18699/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-holtec-international-hi-storm-floodwind-multipurposeThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is confirming the effective date of September 11, 2017, for the direct final rule that was published in the Federal Register on June 28, 2017. This direct final rule amended NRC's spent fuel storage regulations by revising the ``List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks'' to include Amendment No. 3 to Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1032 for the Holtec International (Holtec) HI-STORM Flood/Wind (FW) Multipurpose Canister (MPC) Storage System.
2017-09-01RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentSafeguarding of Restricted Data by Access PermitteesThe Department of Energy (DOE or Department) has revised its regulations governing the standards for safeguarding Restricted Data by access permittees. The previous version of this regulation was promulgated in 1983. Since 1983, changes in...2017-18043"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-01/pdf/2017-18043.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/09/01/2017-18043/safeguarding-of-restricted-data-by-access-permitteesThe Department of Energy (DOE or Department) has revised its regulations governing the standards for safeguarding Restricted Data by access permittees. The previous version of this regulation was promulgated in 1983. Since 1983, changes in organizations, terminology, and DOE and national policies rendered portions of the previous regulation outdated. This version updates existing requirements.
2017-09-01Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentSmall-Scale Natural Gas ExportsThe Department of Energy (DOE or Department) proposes to revise its regulations to provide that DOE will issue an export authorization upon receipt of any complete application that seeks to export natural gas, including liquefied natural gas (LNG), to...2017-18580"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-01/pdf/2017-18580.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/09/01/2017-18580/small-scale-natural-gas-exportsThe Department of Energy (DOE or Department) proposes to revise its regulations to provide that DOE will issue an export authorization upon receipt of any complete application that seeks to export natural gas, including liquefied natural gas (LNG), to countries with which the United States has not entered into a free trade agreement (FTA) requiring national treatment for trade in natural gas and with which trade is not prohibited by U.S. law or policy (non-FTA countries), provided that the application satisfies the following two criteria: The application proposes to export natural gas in a volume up to and including 0.14 billion cubic feet (Bcf) per day (Bcf/d), and DOE's approval of the application does not require an environmental impact statement (EIS) or an environmental assessment (EA) under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). In proposing this revision, DOE is interpreting the phrase ``public interest'' set forth in the Natural Gas Act (NGA). DOE proposes that applications that satisfy these criteria are requesting authorization for ``small-scale natural gas exports'' and, as such, the exports are deemed to be consistent with the public interest under the NGA. DOE's regulations regarding notice of applications and procedures conducted on applications would no longer apply to applications that satisfy these criteria. The proposed regulation is intended to expedite DOE's processing of these applications, thereby reducing administrative burdens for the small-scale natural gas export market.
2017-08-31RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: Holtec International HI-STORM 100 Cask System; Certificate of Compliance No. 1014, Amendment No. 9, Revision 1, and Amendment No. 10; CorrectionsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published a direct final rule on January 6, 2016, amending its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Holtec International, Inc. (Holtec) HI- STORM 100 Cask System listing within the ``List of...2017-18456"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-31/pdf/2017-18456.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/31/2017-18456/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-holtec-international-hi-storm-100-cask-system-certificateThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published a direct final rule on January 6, 2016, amending its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Holtec International, Inc. (Holtec) HI- STORM 100 Cask System listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to include Amendment No. 9, Revision 1, to Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1014. The direct final rule was effective on March 21, 2016. On March 14, 2016, the NRC published a direct final rule again amending its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Holtec HI-STORM 100 Cask System listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks,'' to include Amendment No. 10 to CoC No. 1014. That direct final rule was effective on May 31, 2016. The technical specifications (TS) for both the Holtec HI-STORM 100 Cask System, Amendments No. 9, Revision 1, and No. 10 included minor editorial and non-substantive errors. The purpose of this action is correct these errors.
2017-08-30RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentAdvanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturer Assistance ProgramThe Department of Energy (``DOE'') is adopting an interpretive rule to clarify its interpretation of Section 136 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, as amended (``EISA'') and its implementing regulations for the Advanced Technology...2017-18400"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-30/pdf/2017-18400.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/30/2017-18400/advanced-technology-vehicles-manufacturer-assistance-programThe Department of Energy (``DOE'') is adopting an interpretive rule to clarify its interpretation of Section 136 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, as amended (``EISA'') and its implementing regulations for the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Loan Program (the ``ATVM Loan Program'') authorized by Section 136. Section 136(f), which establishes requirements for the administrative costs associated with loans under the ATVM Loan Program, was implemented by DOE pursuant to a 2008 interim final rule governing the operation of the ATVM Program. The implementing regulation in part provided that the borrower would be required to pay at the time of the closing of the loan, an ``Administrative Fee'' equal to 10 basis points of the principal amount of the loan. DOE is adopting this interpretive rule to explain its view that the administrative costs imposed by Congress under Section 136(f) is separate from the cost of the outside advisors engaged by DOE in connection with the review and processing of their respective loan applications, negotiation of conditional commitments, and closing of loans.
2017-08-30Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Small Electric Motors and Electric MotorsOn July 31, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a request for information (RFI) pertaining to the test procedures for small electric motors and electric motors. The notice provided an opportunity for submitting written comments, data,...2017-18408"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-30/pdf/2017-18408.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/30/2017-18408/energy-conservation-program-test-procedure-for-small-electric-motors-and-electric-motorsOn July 31, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a request for information (RFI) pertaining to the test procedures for small electric motors and electric motors. The notice provided an opportunity for submitting written comments, data, and information by August 30, 2017. This document announces an extension of the comment period until September 13, 2017.
2017-08-23Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionNaturally-Occurring and Accelerator-Produced Radioactive MaterialsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has received a petition for rulemaking from Matthew McKinley on behalf of the Organization of Agreement States (OAS) (the Petitioner) dated April 14, 2017, requesting that the NRC revise its regulations to...2017-17690"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-23/pdf/2017-17690.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/23/2017-17690/naturally-occurring-and-accelerator-produced-radioactive-materialsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has received a petition for rulemaking from Matthew McKinley on behalf of the Organization of Agreement States (OAS) (the Petitioner) dated April 14, 2017, requesting that the NRC revise its regulations to add radionuclides and their corresponding activities to the list of ``Quantities of Licensed Material Requiring Labeling.'' The petition was docketed by the NRC on June 21, 2017, and has been assigned Docket No. PRM-30-66. The NRC is examining the issues raised in PRM-30-66 to determine whether they should be considered in rulemaking. The NRC is requesting public comment on this petition.
2017-08-15Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: General Service Incandescent Lamps and Other Incandescent Lamps Request for DataThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) seeks annual domestic sales and shipment data for general service incandescent lamps (GSILs) and other incandescent lamps. DOE intends to use this sales data from stakeholders to inform its decision on whether to...2017-17212"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-15/pdf/2017-17212.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/15/2017-17212/energy-conservation-program-general-service-incandescent-lamps-and-other-incandescent-lamps-requestThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) seeks annual domestic sales and shipment data for general service incandescent lamps (GSILs) and other incandescent lamps. DOE intends to use this sales data from stakeholders to inform its decision on whether to amend standards for GSILs.
2017-08-11RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentOccupational Radiation ProtectionThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is publishing a final rule to amend values listed in two appendices to its current occupational radiation protection regulation. The amendment to appendix C corrects the air immersion derived air concentration value...2017-16983"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-11/pdf/2017-16983.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/11/2017-16983/occupational-radiation-protectionThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is publishing a final rule to amend values listed in two appendices to its current occupational radiation protection regulation. The amendment to appendix C corrects the air immersion derived air concentration value for any single radionuclide not listed in the appendix C table with a decay mode other than alpha emission or spontaneous fission and with radioactive half- life less than two hours, adjusted for an 8-hr work day. The amendments to appendix E correct the activity information of two radionuclides, Rh-102 and Rh-102m.
2017-08-11RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: NAC International MAGNASTOR® Cask System; Certificate of Compliance No. 1031, Amendment No. 7The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is confirming the effective date of August 21, 2017, for the direct final rule that was published in the Federal Register on June 6, 2017. The direct final rule amended the NRC's spent fuel storage...2017-16946"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-11/pdf/2017-16946.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/11/2017-16946/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-nac-international-magnastor-cask-system-certificate-ofThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is confirming the effective date of August 21, 2017, for the direct final rule that was published in the Federal Register on June 6, 2017. The direct final rule amended the NRC's spent fuel storage regulations by revising the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to include Amendment No. 7 to Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1031 for the NAC International, MAGNASTOR[supreg] Cask System.
2017-08-08Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for General Service Fluorescent Lamps, General Service Incandescent Lamps, Incandescent Reflector LampsThe U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') is initiating a data collection process through this RFI to consider whether to amend DOE's test procedures for general service fluorescent lamps, general service incandescent lamps, and incandescent reflector...2017-16669"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-08/pdf/2017-16669.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/08/2017-16669/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-general-service-fluorescent-lamps-general-serviceThe U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') is initiating a data collection process through this RFI to consider whether to amend DOE's test procedures for general service fluorescent lamps, general service incandescent lamps, and incandescent reflector lamps. To inform interested parties and to facilitate this process, DOE has gathered data, identifying several issues associated with the currently applicable test procedures on which DOE is interested in receiving comment. The issues outlined in this document mainly concern updating industry references in and making clarifications to DOE's test procedures for general service fluorescent lamps, general service incandescent lamps, and incandescent reflector lamps; and any additional topics that may inform DOE's decisions in a future test procedure rulemaking, including methods to reduce regulatory burden while ensuring the procedures' accuracy. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including topics not raised in this RFI).
2017-08-07RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Dedicated-Purpose Pool PumpsOn September 20, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to establish a new metric, as well as new definitions, test procedures, certification requirements, enforcement testing procedures, and labeling...2017-15464"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-07/pdf/2017-15464.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/07/2017-15464/energy-conservation-program-test-procedure-for-dedicated-purpose-pool-pumpsOn September 20, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to establish a new metric, as well as new definitions, test procedures, certification requirements, enforcement testing procedures, and labeling provisions for dedicated-purpose pool pumps (DPPPs). That proposed rulemaking serves as the basis for the final rule. Specifically, DOE is adopting a test procedure for measuring the weighted energy factor (WEF) for certain varieties of dedicated-purpose pool pumps. This final rule incorporates by reference certain sections of the industry test standard Hydraulic Institute (HI) 40.6-2014, ``Methods for Rotodynamic Pump Efficiency Testing'' as the basis of the adopted test procedure. The definitions, test procedures, certification requirements, enforcement testing procedures, and labeling provisions are based on the recommendations of the DPPP Working Group, which was established under the Appliance Standards Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC).
2017-08-04Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Room Air ConditionersThe U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') is initiating a data collection process through this request for information to consider whether to amend DOE's test procedure for room air conditioners (``room ACs''). To inform interested parties and to...2017-16441"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-04/pdf/2017-16441.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/04/2017-16441/energy-conservation-program-test-procedure-for-room-air-conditionersThe U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') is initiating a data collection process through this request for information to consider whether to amend DOE's test procedure for room air conditioners (``room ACs''). To inform interested parties and to facilitate this process, DOE has gathered data, identifying several issues associated with the currently applicable test procedure on which DOE is interested in receiving comment. The issues outlined in this document mainly concern issues initially identified in an RFI issued in 2015 considering amendments to the current energy conservation standards and test procedure for room ACs; harmonization with the recently established portable air conditioner (``portable AC'') test procedure; clarification of the test setup and testing conditions; updated industry test procedures for room ACs; and any additional topics that may inform DOE's decisions in a future test procedure rulemaking, including methods to reduce regulatory burden while ensuring the procedure's accuracy. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including topics not raised in this RFI).
2017-07-31Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Small Electric Motors and Electric MotorsThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is initiating a data collection process through this request for information to consider whether to amend DOE's test procedure for small electric motors, and whether new test procedures are needed for motors beyond...2017-15848"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-31/pdf/2017-15848.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/31/2017-15848/energy-conservation-program-test-procedure-for-small-electric-motors-and-electric-motorsThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is initiating a data collection process through this request for information to consider whether to amend DOE's test procedure for small electric motors, and whether new test procedures are needed for motors beyond those subject to the existing Federal test procedures. To inform interested parties and to facilitate this process, DOE has gathered data, identifying several issues associated with the currently applicable test procedure on which DOE is interested in receiving comment. The issues outlined in this document mainly concern applicability of the test procedure to additional motor categories (by topology, horsepower, non-standard construction, etc.), definitions, industry test methods, additional test procedure clarifications, and any additional topics that may inform DOE's decisions in a future test procedure rulemaking, including methods to reduce regulatory burden while ensuring the procedure's accuracy. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including topics not raised in this RFI).
2017-07-25Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program for Certain Commercial and Industrial Equipment: Test Procedure for Certain Categories of Commercial Air Conditioning and Heating EquipmentIn response to statutory requirements to review its test procedures in response to any updates of the relevant industry test procedures, as referenced in the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standard...2017-15580"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-25/pdf/2017-15580.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/25/2017-15580/energy-conservation-program-for-certain-commercial-and-industrial-equipment-test-procedure-forIn response to statutory requirements to review its test procedures in response to any updates of the relevant industry test procedures, as referenced in the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standard 90.1 (ASHRAE Standard 90.1), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is initiating a data collection process to consider amendments to DOE's test procedures for commercial package air conditioning and heating equipment with test procedure updates included in ASHRAE Standard 90.1- 2016--specifically, those evaporatively-cooled commercial unitary air conditioners (ECUACs), water-cooled commercial unitary air conditioners (WCUACs), and air-cooled commercial unitary air conditioners (ACUACs) which have a rated cooling capacity greater than or equal to 65,000 Btu/h and less than 760,000 Btu/h; and all classes of computer room air conditioners (CRACs); as well as to consider adopting a new test procedure for dedicated outdoor air systems (DOASes), equipment covered by ASHRAE Standard 90.1 for the first time. In response to other statutory requirements for DOE to review its test procedures at least once every seven years, DOE is also reviewing its test procedures for ECUACs and WCUACs with a rated cooling capacity less than 65,000 Btu/h, as well as all classes of variable refrigerant flow multi-split air conditioners and heat pumps (VRF multi-split systems) but excluding single-phase systems with a rated cooling capacity less than 65,000 Btu/h, which are covered as consumer products. To inform interested parties and to facilitate this process, DOE has gathered data and has identified several issues that might warrant modifications to the currently applicable Federal test procedures, topics on which DOE is particularly interested in receiving comment. In overview, the issues outlined in this document mainly concern incorporation by reference of the most recent version of the relevant industry standard(s); efficiency metrics and calculations; clarification of test methods; and any additional topics that may inform DOE's decisions in a future test procedure rulemaking, including methods to reduce regulatory burden while ensuring the procedures' accuracy. These topics (and others identified by commenters) are ones which may be addressed in proposed test procedure amendments in a subsequent notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR). DOE welcomes written comments and data from the public on any subject related to the test procedures for this equipment, including topics not specifically raised in this RFI.
2017-07-25RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: TN Americas LLC, NUHOMS® EOS Dry Spent Fuel Storage System, Certificate of Compliance No. 1042; CorrectionThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published a direct final rule in the Federal Register on March 24, 2017, that amended NRC's spent fuel storage regulations by adding the TN Americas LLC, NUHOMS[supreg] Extended Optimized Storage (EOS) Dry...2017-15521"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-25/pdf/2017-15521.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/25/2017-15521/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-tn-americas-llc-nuhoms-eos-dry-spent-fuel-storage-systemThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published a direct final rule in the Federal Register on March 24, 2017, that amended NRC's spent fuel storage regulations by adding the TN Americas LLC, NUHOMS[supreg] Extended Optimized Storage (EOS) Dry Spent Fuel Storage System to the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' as Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1042. This action is necessary to correct the certificate expiration date.
2017-07-19RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionRevision of Fee Schedules; Fee Recovery for Fiscal Year 2017; CorrectionsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published a final rule amending regulations that will become effective August 29, 2017. The fiscal year (FY) 2017 final fee rule, published June 30, 2017, amends the licensing, inspection, special project,...2017-14717"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-19/pdf/2017-14717.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/19/2017-14717/revision-of-fee-schedules-fee-recovery-for-fiscal-year-2017-correctionsThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published a final rule amending regulations that will become effective August 29, 2017. The fiscal year (FY) 2017 final fee rule, published June 30, 2017, amends the licensing, inspection, special project, and annual fees charged to NRC applicants and licensees. This document corrects the annual fees for fuel facility licensees.
2017-07-18RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionIncorporation by Reference of American Society of Mechanical Engineers Codes and Code CasesThe 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....2017-14166"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-18/pdf/2017-14166.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/18/2017-14166/incorporation-by-reference-of-american-society-of-mechanical-engineers-codes-and-code-casesThe 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.
2017-07-13RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Central Air Conditioners and Heat PumpsThe Department of Energy (DOE) has postponed the effectiveness of certain provisions of a final rule, published in the Federal Register on January 5, 2017, that amends the test procedure and specific certification, compliance, and enforcement...2017-14473"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-13/pdf/2017-14473.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/13/2017-14473/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-central-air-conditioners-and-heat-pumpsThe Department of Energy (DOE) has postponed the effectiveness of certain provisions of a final rule, published in the Federal Register on January 5, 2017, that amends the test procedure and specific certification, compliance, and enforcement provisions for central air conditioners and heat pumps. Specifically, DOE postponed the effectiveness of two provisions of a recently issued rule that require outdoor unit models to be tested under the outdoor unit with no match if they meet either of the two following conditions: The outdoor unit is approved for use with a refrigerant that has a 95 [deg]F midpoint saturation absolute pressure that is +/- 18 percent of the 95 [deg]F saturation absolute pressure for HCFC-22; or the unit is shipped requiring the addition of more than two pounds of refrigerant to meet the charge required for testing under the rule and the factory charge is not equal to or greater than 70% of the outdoor unit internal volume times the liquid density of refrigerant at 95 [deg]F.
2017-07-11RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for CompressorsOn January 4, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') published a final rule establishing new test procedures for certain varieties of compressors. The final rule established definitions, materials incorporated by reference, sampling plans,...2017-14472"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-11/pdf/2017-14472.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/11/2017-14472/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-compressorsOn January 4, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') published a final rule establishing new test procedures for certain varieties of compressors. The final rule established definitions, materials incorporated by reference, sampling plans, representations requirements, enforcement provisions and test procedures for certain varieties of compressors. Since that time, DOE has received correspondence, raising concerns that certain issues and information may not have been fully considered during the original rulemaking proceeding and also indicating further clarification may be needed to implement the rule as adopted. As a result, by this RFI, DOE is soliciting further data and information regarding the compressor test procedure and announcing that DOE will not seek to enforce the test procedure rule for 180 days (i.e., until December 30, 2017) while it considers the data and information already submitted and any further material submitted in response to this request for information.
2017-07-10RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Walk-In Cooler and Freezer Refrigeration SystemsThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (``EPCA''), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers. This final...2017-14079"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-10/pdf/2017-14079.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/10/2017-14079/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-walk-in-cooler-and-freezerThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (``EPCA''), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers. This final rule details a series of energy conservation standards pertaining to certain discrete classes of refrigeration systems used in this equipment. These standards, which are consistent with recommendations presented by a working group that included refrigeration system manufacturers, installers, and energy efficiency advocates, have been determined to result in the significant conservation of energy and achieve the maximum improvement in energy efficiency that is technologically feasible and economically justified.
2017-07-07RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: EnergySolutionsTMThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the EnergySolutionsTM Corporation's (EnergySolutions or the applicant) VSC-24 Ventilated Storage Cask System listing within the ``List of...2017-14292"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-07/pdf/2017-14292.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/07/2017-14292/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-energysolutionstmThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the EnergySolutionsTM Corporation's (EnergySolutions or the applicant) VSC-24 Ventilated Storage Cask System listing within the ``List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks'' to renew, for an additional 40 years, the initial certificate and Amendment Nos. 1-6 of Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1007. The renewal of the initial certificate and Amendment Nos. 1-6 requires cask users to establish, implement, and maintain written procedures for aging management program (AMP) elements, including a lead cask inspection program, for VSC-24 Storage Cask structures, systems, and components (SSC) important to safety. Users must also conduct periodic ``tollgate'' assessments of new information on SSC aging effects and mechanisms to determine whether any element of an AMP addressing these effects and mechanisms requires revision to encompass the current state of knowledge. In addition, the renewal of the initial certificate and Amendment Nos. 1-6 makes several other changes, described in Section IV, ``Discussion of Changes,'' in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.
2017-07-07Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: EnergySolutionsTMThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the EnergySolutionsTM Corporation's (EnergySolutions or the applicant) VSC-24 Ventilated Storage Cask System listing within the ``List of...2017-14290"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-07/pdf/2017-14290.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/07/2017-14290/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-energysolutionstmThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the EnergySolutionsTM Corporation's (EnergySolutions or the applicant) VSC-24 Ventilated Storage Cask System listing within the ``List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks'' to renew, for an additional 40 years, the initial certificate and Amendment Nos. 1-6 of Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1007. The renewal of the initial certificate and Amendment Nos. 1-6 requires cask users to establish, implement, and maintain written procedures for aging management program (AMP) elements, including a lead cask inspection program, for VSC-24 Storage Cask structures, systems, and components (SSCs) important to safety. Users must also conduct periodic ``tollgate'' assessments of new information on SSC aging effects and mechanisms to determine whether any element of an AMP addressing these effects and mechanisms requires revision to encompass the current state of knowledge. In addition, the renewal of the initial certificate and Amendment Nos. 1-6 makes several other changes, described in Section IV, ``Discussion of Changes,'' in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of the companion direct final rule published in the Rules and Regulations section of this issue of the Federal Register.
2017-07-03RuleDEFENSE NUCLEAR FACILITIES SAFETY BOARDDefense Nuclear Facilities Safety BoardFreedom of Information ActThe Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Improvement Act of 2016 requires each Federal agency to issue regulations implementing its statutory provisions. In this final rule, the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board amends its regulations to comply with...2017-13863"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-03/pdf/2017-13863.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/03/2017-13863/freedom-of-information-actThe Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Improvement Act of 2016 requires each Federal agency to issue regulations implementing its statutory provisions. In this final rule, the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board amends its regulations to comply with the statutory direction.
2017-06-30RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionRevision of Fee Schedules; Fee Recovery for Fiscal Year 2017The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending the licensing, inspection, special project, and annual fees charged to its applicants and licensees. These amendments are necessary to implement the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990 as...2017-13520"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-30/pdf/2017-13520.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/06/30/2017-13520/revision-of-fee-schedules-fee-recovery-for-fiscal-year-2017The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending the licensing, inspection, special project, and annual fees charged to its applicants and licensees. These amendments are necessary to implement the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990 as amended (OBRA-90), which requires the NRC to recover approximately 90 percent of its annual budget through fees.
2017-06-30Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Consumer Refrigerators, Refrigerator-Freezers, and FreezersThe U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') is initiating a data collection process through this request for information to consider whether to amend DOE's test procedures for consumer refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers. To inform...2017-13803"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-30/pdf/2017-13803.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/06/30/2017-13803/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-consumer-refrigerators-refrigerator-freezers-andThe U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') is initiating a data collection process through this request for information to consider whether to amend DOE's test procedures for consumer refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers. To inform interested parties and to facilitate this process, DOE has gathered data, identifying several issues associated with the currently applicable test procedures on which DOE is interested in receiving comment. The issues outlined in this document mainly concern testing products with newly-available features, the inclusion of automatic icemaker energy use, built-in product test configuration, any issues with the current test procedure that need to be addressed, and any additional topics that may inform DOE's decisions in a future test procedure rulemaking, including methods to reduce regulatory burden while ensuring the procedure's accuracy. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including topics not raised in this request for information).
2017-06-28RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: Holtec International HI-STORM Flood/Wind Multipurpose Canister Storage System, Certificate of Compliance No. 1032, Amendment No. 3The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Holtec International (Holtec) HI-STORM Flood/Wind (FW) Multipurpose Canister (MPC) Storage System listing within the ``List of Approved Spent...2017-13514"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-28/pdf/2017-13514.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/06/28/2017-13514/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-holtec-international-hi-storm-floodwind-multipurposeThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Holtec International (Holtec) HI-STORM Flood/Wind (FW) Multipurpose Canister (MPC) Storage System listing within the ``List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks'' to include Amendment No. 3 to Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1032. Amendment No. 3 revises authorized contents to allow burnup credit for fuel types in the MPC-37 and revises CoC Condition 8, which has been previously incorporated in Amendment No. 2 to CoC No. 1032.
2017-06-28Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: Holtec International HI-STORM Flood/Wind Multipurpose Canister Storage System, Certificate of Compliance No. 1032, Amendment No. 3The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Holtec International (Holtec) HI-STORM Flood/Wind (FW) Multipurpose Canister (MPC) Storage System listing within the ``List of...2017-13513"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-28/pdf/2017-13513.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/06/28/2017-13513/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-holtec-international-hi-storm-floodwind-multipurposeThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Holtec International (Holtec) HI-STORM Flood/Wind (FW) Multipurpose Canister (MPC) Storage System listing within the ``List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks'' to include Amendment No. 3 to Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1032. Amendment No. 3 revises authorized contents to allow burnup credit for fuel types in the MPC-37 and revises CoC Condition 8, which has been previously incorporated in Amendment No. 2 to CoC No. 1032.
2017-06-22Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentHuman Reliability ProgramDOE proposes to amend its regulation concerning the Human Reliability Program (HRP). This regulation provides the policies and procedures to ensure that individuals who occupy positions affording unescorted access to certain nuclear materials, nuclear...2017-12810"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-22/pdf/2017-12810.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/06/22/2017-12810/human-reliability-programDOE proposes to amend its regulation concerning the Human Reliability Program (HRP). This regulation provides the policies and procedures to ensure that individuals who occupy positions affording unescorted access to certain nuclear materials, nuclear explosive devices, facilities and programs meet the highest standards of reliability and physical and mental suitability. The proposed revisions include some clarification of the procedures and burden of proof applicable in certification review hearings, the addition and modification of certain definitions, and a clear statement that a security concern can be reviewed pursuant to DOE regulations for determining eligibility for access to classified matter or special nuclear material and/or the HRP regulation. These proposed revisions are intended to provide better guidance to HRP-certified individuals and to ensure consistency in HRP decision making.
2017-06-20Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionDecoupling an Assumed Loss of Offsite Power From a Loss-of-Coolant AccidentThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is discontinuing the rulemaking activity, ``Decoupling an Assumed Loss of Offsite Power from a Loss-of-Coolant Accident'' (the LOOP/LOCA rulemaking), and denying the associated petition for rulemaking (PRM),...2017-12792"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-20/pdf/2017-12792.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/06/20/2017-12792/decoupling-an-assumed-loss-of-offsite-power-from-a-loss-of-coolant-accidentThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is discontinuing the rulemaking activity, ``Decoupling an Assumed Loss of Offsite Power from a Loss-of-Coolant Accident'' (the LOOP/LOCA rulemaking), and denying the associated petition for rulemaking (PRM), PRM-50-77. The purpose of this action is to inform members of the public of the discontinuation of the rulemaking activity and the denial of the PRM, and to provide a brief discussion of the NRC's decision regarding the rulemaking activity and PRM. The rulemaking activity will no longer be reported in the NRC's portion of the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions (the Unified Agenda).
2017-06-06Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: NAC International MAGNASTOR® Cask System; Certificate of Compliance No. 1031, Amendment No. 7The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the NAC International (NAC), MAGNASTOR[supreg] Cask System listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to include...2017-11682"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-06/pdf/2017-11682.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/06/06/2017-11682/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-nac-international-magnastor-cask-system-certificate-ofThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the NAC International (NAC), MAGNASTOR[supreg] Cask System listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to include Amendment No. 7 to Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1031. Amendment No. 7 provides a new Passive MAGNASTOR[supreg] Transfer Cask and associated Technical Specification (TS) changes in Appendices A and B, and updates Section 4.3.1(i) in Appendix A of the TSs to include revised seismic requirements. Clarifying (non-technical) changes were also made to Appendices A and B.
2017-06-06RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: NAC International MAGNASTOR® Cask System; Certificate of Compliance No. 1031, Amendment No. 7The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the NAC International (NAC or the applicant), MAGNASTOR[supreg] Cask System listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to...2017-11680"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-06/pdf/2017-11680.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/06/06/2017-11680/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-nac-international-magnastor-cask-system-certificate-ofThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the NAC International (NAC or the applicant), MAGNASTOR[supreg] Cask System listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to include Amendment No. 7 to Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1031. Amendment No. 7 provides a new Passive MAGNASTOR[supreg] Transfer Cask (PMTC) and associated Technical Specification (TS) changes in Appendices A and B, and updates Section 4.3.1(i) in Appendix A of the TSs to include revised seismic requirements. Clarifying (non-technical) changes were also made to Appendices A and B.
2017-05-30RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: TN Americas, LLC, NUHOMS® EOS Dry Spent Fuel Storage System, Certificate of Compliance No. 1042The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is confirming the effective date of June 7, 2017, for the direct final rule that was published in the Federal Register on March 24, 2017. The direct final rule amended the NRC's spent fuel storage...2017-11064"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-30/pdf/2017-11064.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/05/30/2017-11064/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-tn-americas-llc-nuhoms-eos-dry-spent-fuel-storage-systemThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is confirming the effective date of June 7, 2017, for the direct final rule that was published in the Federal Register on March 24, 2017. The direct final rule amended the NRC's spent fuel storage regulations by revising the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to add the TN Americas, LLC (TN Americas), NUHOMS[supreg] Extended Optimized Storage (EOS) Dry Spent Fuel Storage System as Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1042.
2017-05-26RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Dedicated-Purpose Pool PumpsOn January 18, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') published in the Federal Register a direct final rule to establish new energy conservation standards for dedicated purpose pool pumps. DOE has determined that the comments received in...2017-10868"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-26/pdf/2017-10868.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/05/26/2017-10868/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-dedicated-purpose-pool-pumpsOn January 18, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') published in the Federal Register a direct final rule to establish new energy conservation standards for dedicated purpose pool pumps. DOE has determined that the comments received in response to that direct final rule do not provide a reasonable basis for withdrawing it. Therefore, DOE is providing notice confirming the adoption of the energy conservation standards established in that direct final rule and announces the effective date of those standards.
2017-05-26RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Miscellaneous Refrigeration ProductsOn October 28, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') published in the Federal Register a direct final rule to establish new energy conservation standards for miscellaneous refrigeration products. DOE has determined that the comments received in...2017-10867"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-26/pdf/2017-10867.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/05/26/2017-10867/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-miscellaneous-refrigeration-productsOn October 28, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') published in the Federal Register a direct final rule to establish new energy conservation standards for miscellaneous refrigeration products. DOE has determined that the comments received in response to that direct final rule do not provide a reasonable basis for withdrawing it. Therefore, DOE is providing notice confirming the adoption of the energy conservation standards established in that direct final rule and announces the effective date of those standards.
2017-05-26RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Central Air Conditioners and Heat PumpsOn January 6, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') published in the Federal Register a direct final rule to establish new energy conservation standards for residential central air conditioners and heat pumps. DOE has determined that the...2017-10869"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-26/pdf/2017-10869.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/05/26/2017-10869/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-residential-central-air-conditionersOn January 6, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') published in the Federal Register a direct final rule to establish new energy conservation standards for residential central air conditioners and heat pumps. DOE has determined that the comments received in response to that direct final rule do not provide a reasonable basis for withdrawing it. Therefore, DOE is providing notice confirming the adoption of the energy conservation standards established in that direct final rule and announces the effective dates of those standards.
2017-05-24RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Ceiling FansThis document announces the completion of a review of the final rule amending energy conservation standards for ceiling fans, published on January 19, 2017, and confirms that compliance will remain as required with that January 19 final rule, without...2017-10633"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-24/pdf/2017-10633.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/05/24/2017-10633/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-ceiling-fansThis document announces the completion of a review of the final rule amending energy conservation standards for ceiling fans, published on January 19, 2017, and confirms that compliance will remain as required with that January 19 final rule, without change.
2017-05-09Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionRegulatory Improvements for Power Reactors Transitioning to DecommissioningThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is requesting comment on the preliminary draft regulatory analysis to support a rulemaking that would amend the NRC's regulations for the decommissioning of nuclear power reactors. The NRC's goals in...2017-09332"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-09/pdf/2017-09332.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/05/09/2017-09332/regulatory-improvements-for-power-reactors-transitioning-to-decommissioningThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is requesting comment on the preliminary draft regulatory analysis to support a rulemaking that would amend the NRC's regulations for the decommissioning of nuclear power reactors. The NRC's goals in amending the regulations would be to provide for an efficient decommissioning process; reduce the need for exemptions from existing regulations; address other decommissioning issues deemed relevant by the NRC; and support the principles of good regulation, including openness, clarity, and reliability. The NRC plans to hold a public meeting in spring 2017 to discuss the draft regulatory basis that was previously published in the Federal Register and the preliminary draft regulatory analysis to facilitate the development of public comments on those documents.
2017-04-13Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionEmergency Preparedness for Small Modular Reactors and Other New TechnologiesThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is requesting comment on a draft regulatory basis to support a rulemaking that would develop new emergency preparedness (EP) requirements for small modular reactors (SMRs) and other new technologies (ONTs),...2017-07502"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-04-13/pdf/2017-07502.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/04/13/2017-07502/emergency-preparedness-for-small-modular-reactors-and-other-new-technologiesThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is requesting comment on a draft regulatory basis to support a rulemaking that would develop new emergency preparedness (EP) requirements for small modular reactors (SMRs) and other new technologies (ONTs), such as non-light- water reactors (non-LWRs) and medical isotope production facilities. The new EP regulations would be consequence-oriented, performance- based, and technology inclusive to the extent possible, and continue to provide reasonable assurance of adequate protection of public health and safety. The new EP regulations would be applicable to SMR and ONT facilities only. Large light-water reactors (LWRs), fuel cycle facilities, research and test reactors and other non-power, non- commercial, facilities are not in the scope of this rulemaking. The NRC plans to hold a public meeting to promote full understanding of the rulemaking and facilitate public participation.
2017-04-13RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: AREVA Inc., Standardized NUHOMS® Cask System, Certificate of Compliance No. 1004, Amendment No. 14, and Revision 1 of the Initial Certificate, Amendment Nos. 1 Through 11, and Amendment No. 13The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is confirming the effective date of April 25, 2017, for the direct final rule that was published in the Federal Register on January 25, 2017. The direct final rule amended the NRC's spent fuel storage...2017-07422"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-04-13/pdf/2017-07422.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/04/13/2017-07422/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-areva-inc-standardized-nuhoms-cask-system-certificate-ofThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is confirming the effective date of April 25, 2017, for the direct final rule that was published in the Federal Register on January 25, 2017. The direct final rule amended the NRC's spent fuel storage regulations by revising the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to include Amendment No. 14 and Revision 1 to the Initial Certificate, Amendment Nos. 1 through 11, and Amendment No. 13 to Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1004 for the AREVA Inc., Standardized NUHOMS[supreg] Cask System.
2017-03-30Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionNon-Power Production or Utilization Facility License RenewalThe 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...2017-06162"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-30/pdf/2017-06162.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/03/30/2017-06162/non-power-production-or-utilization-facility-license-renewalThe 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.
2017-03-29RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps; CorrectionOn March 21, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published in the Federal Register a document that temporarily further postponed the effective date of its test procedures for central air conditioners and heat pumps. This document corrects a...2017-06202"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-29/pdf/2017-06202.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/03/29/2017-06202/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-central-air-conditioners-and-heat-pumps-correctionOn March 21, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published in the Federal Register a document that temporarily further postponed the effective date of its test procedures for central air conditioners and heat pumps. This document corrects a typographical error in that document.
2017-03-24Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: TN Americas LLC, NUHOMS® EOS Dry Spent Fuel Storage System, Certificate of Compliance No. 1042The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its spent fuel storage regulations by adding the TN Americas LLC (TN Americas), NUHOMS[supreg] Extended Optimized Storage (EOS) Dry Spent Fuel Storage System to the ``List of approved...2017-05897"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-24/pdf/2017-05897.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/03/24/2017-05897/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-tn-americas-llc-nuhoms-eos-dry-spent-fuel-storage-systemThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its spent fuel storage regulations by adding the TN Americas LLC (TN Americas), NUHOMS[supreg] Extended Optimized Storage (EOS) Dry Spent Fuel Storage System to the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' as Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1042. The NUHOMS[supreg] EOS System provides horizontal storage of high burnup spent pressurized water reactor and boiling water reactor fuel assemblies in dry shielded canisters.
2017-03-24RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionList of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: TN Americas LLC, NUHOMS® EOS Dry Spent Fuel Storage System, Certificate of Compliance No. 1042The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its spent fuel storage regulations by adding the TN Americas LLC (TN Americas), NUHOMS[supreg] Extended Optimized Storage (EOS) Dry Spent Fuel Storage System, to the ``List of approved spent fuel...2017-05902"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-24/pdf/2017-05902.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/03/24/2017-05902/list-of-approved-spent-fuel-storage-casks-tn-americas-llc-nuhoms-eos-dry-spent-fuel-storage-systemThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its spent fuel storage regulations by adding the TN Americas LLC (TN Americas), NUHOMS[supreg] Extended Optimized Storage (EOS) Dry Spent Fuel Storage System, to the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' as Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1042. The NUHOMS[supreg] EOS System provides horizontal storage of high burnup spent pressurized water reactor (PWR) and boiling water reactor (BWR) fuel assemblies in dry shielded canisters (DSCs).
2017-03-21RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Walk-in Coolers and Walk-in FreezersThis document further temporarily postpones the effective date of a recently published final rule establishing test procedures for certain walk-in cooler and freezer components.2017-05483"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-21/pdf/2017-05483.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/03/21/2017-05483/energy-conservation-program-test-procedure-for-walk-in-coolers-and-walk-in-freezersThis document further temporarily postpones the effective date of a recently published final rule establishing test procedures for certain walk-in cooler and freezer components.
2017-03-21RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Ceiling FansThis document further delays the effective date of a recently published final rule amending the energy conservation standards for ceiling fans.2017-05477"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-21/pdf/2017-05477.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/03/21/2017-05477/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-ceiling-fansThis document further delays the effective date of a recently published final rule amending the energy conservation standards for ceiling fans.
2017-03-21RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Efficiency Standards for the Design and Construction of New Federal Low-Rise Residential Buildings' Baseline Standards UpdateThis document further temporarily postpones the effective date of a recently published final rule amending the baseline Federal building standards.2017-05485"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-21/pdf/2017-05485.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/03/21/2017-05485/energy-efficiency-standards-for-the-design-and-construction-of-new-federal-low-rise-residentialThis document further temporarily postpones the effective date of a recently published final rule amending the baseline Federal building standards.
2017-03-21RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for CompressorsThis document further temporarily postpones the effective date of a recently published final rule establishing test procedures for certain varieties of compressors.2017-05479"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-21/pdf/2017-05479.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/03/21/2017-05479/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-compressorsThis document further temporarily postpones the effective date of a recently published final rule establishing test procedures for certain varieties of compressors.
2017-03-21RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Central Air Conditioners and Heat PumpsThis document further temporarily postpones the effective date of a recently published final rule establishing test procedures for certain varieties of central air conditioners and heat pumps.2017-05481"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-21/pdf/2017-05481.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/03/21/2017-05481/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-central-air-conditioners-and-heat-pumpsThis document further temporarily postpones the effective date of a recently published final rule establishing test procedures for certain varieties of central air conditioners and heat pumps.
2017-03-15Proposed RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionRegulatory Improvements for Power Reactors Transitioning to DecommissioningThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is requesting comments on a draft regulatory basis to support a rulemaking that would amend NRC's regulations for the decommissioning of nuclear power reactors. The NRC's goals in amending these regulations...2017-05141"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-15/pdf/2017-05141.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/03/15/2017-05141/regulatory-improvements-for-power-reactors-transitioning-to-decommissioningThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is requesting comments on a draft regulatory basis to support a rulemaking that would amend NRC's regulations for the decommissioning of nuclear power reactors. The NRC's goals in amending these regulations would be to provide for an efficient decommissioning process; reduce the need for exemptions from existing regulations; address other decommissioning issues deemed relevant by the NRC staff; and support the principles of good regulation, including openness, clarity, and reliability. The NRC plans to hold a public meeting to discuss the draft regulatory basis and facilitate public comment.
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