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. A Federal Register notice (77
FRN 65137) was published on October 25, 2012, that announced the
scoping period and provided additional details about upcoming public
meetings and webinars. The FRN can be found at the following web
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 this Wednesday, November
14, 2012, and two webinars on December 5 and 6, 2012. Meeting notices
will be posted on the NRC’s public meeting website at
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.
meeting notice for the November 14 meetings has been published:
http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1230/ML12306A224.pdf (ADAMS Accession
No. ML12306A224). Please see that notice for details on how to register
for the November 14 public meetings and how to view and participate in
the webcasts of these meetings. An additional meeting notice for the
December webinars will be published soon.
Staff of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Waste Confidence Directorate