NRC Approves Changes to Petition-for-Rulemaking Process
Nuclear Regulatory Commission today approved a final rule that will
streamline and clarify its process for addressing petitions for
rulemaking. The new rule will be published shortly in the Federal
Any member of the public can petition the NRC to
issue a new regulation or amend an existing one. The final rule marks
the first comprehensive update to the NRC’s process for considering
rulemaking petitions since the process was established in 1979. The NRC
published proposed changes for comment in May 2013, and considered the
comments received in finalizing the rule.
The revisions will
clarify the NRC’s policies and practices at each stage of the
petition-for- rulemaking process, including how the staff evaluates
petitions and how it communicates information about both the status of
petitions and rulemaking activities that address them. It also improves
the process for resolving a rulemaking petition and for closing the
petition docket, which would occur after the NRC denies a petition or
initiates a rulemaking to address a petitioner’s concerns. The changes
are intended to enhance the consistency, timeliness and transparency of
the process and improve its efficiency.
More information about the petition-for-rulemaking process can be found on the NRC’s website.