The NRC intends to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) to
support the rulemaking to update the Commission’s Waste Confidence
Decision and Rule, and is conducting scoping to gather information
necessary to prepare the EIS. Today’s Federal Register notice (77 FRN
65137) announcing the scoping period and providing additional details
about upcoming public meetings and webinars can be found at the
following web address: https://federalregister.gov/a/2012-26295.
Public comments on the scope of the Waste Confidence environmental
review will be accepted through January 2, 2013. Comments may be
submitted through the Federal government’s rulemaking website,
www.regulations.gov, using Docket ID NRC-2012-0246; by mail to Cindy
Bladey, Chief, Rules, Announcements, and Directives Branch (RADB),
Office of Administration, Mail Stop: TWB-05-B01M, U.S. Nuclear
Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001; or by fax to
301-492-3446. Please do not send comments to this email address.
As part of the scoping process the NRC is planning to hold two webcast
public meetings on November 14, 2012, and two webinars on December 5 and
6, 2012. Meeting notices will be posted on the NRC’s public meeting
two weeks before each meeting date. The meeting notices will contain
additional information, including agendas, teleconference phone line
details, and information on how to access and participate in the
webinars. This information will also be provided on the NRC’s Waste
Confidence public website –
http://www.nrc.gov/waste/spent-fuel-storage/wcd.html – which will be
updated regularly with new public documents and information regarding
the waste confidence EIS and rule.
We will send additional emails providing links to the meeting notices
once they are issued. Any immediate questions regarding the scoping
process can be directed to Sarah Lopas, NEPA Communications Project
Manager – Sarah.Lopas@nrc.gov or telephone (301) 492-3425.
Staff of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Waste Confidence Directorate