Subject: Public Meetings in Nevada

[Federal Register: May 24, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 99)]
[Proposed Rules]               
[Page 27935]
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Proposed Rules
                                     Federal Register

This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of the
proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these notices
is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in the rule
making prior to the adoption of the final rules.


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10 CFR Part 63

Public Meetings on Proposed Licensing Criteria for the Disposal 
of High-Level Radioactive Wastes in a Proposed Geologic Repository at
Yucca Mountain, NV

AGENCY: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of additional public meetings in Nevada.


SUMMARY: On May 5, 1999, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
extended the public comment period on NRC's proposed rule for evaluating a
possible future U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) license application
requesting NRC approval of a potential repository for the disposal of
high-level radioactive waste at Yucca Mountain, Nevada (64 FR 24092). The
NRC has regulatory responsibility over any DOE facility for commercial
high-level waste disposal. The proposed NRC regulations would establish
the criteria and standards against which NRC would evaluate a DOE license
application for the Yucca Mountain site. The proposed rule was published
in the Federal Register on February 22, 1999 (64 FR 8640). The
Commission's extended public comment period expires June 30, 1999.
    In view of the extension, during the week of June 14, 1999, the NRC
staff will hold three additional public meetings in the State of Nevada
to: (1) Engage the public in a discussion of the proposed rule; (2)
outline the roles and responsibilities of government and the public in the
licensing process; and (3) listen to the safety issues and concerns
presented by the citizens of Nevada in order to ensure that the process
for developing the final rule gives full consideration to the views and
concerns of the public. Copies of the proposed rule will be available at
the public meeting and can also be obtained from Judy Goodwin, Mail Stop
T-7F3, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001.
    The meetings will open with an NRC presentation on the proposed 
rule, followed by public discussion. The meetings will be facilitated by
Francis X. Cameron, Special Counsel for Public Liaison, of the NRC.

DATES: The first public meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 15, 1999,
from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm. The second public meeting will be held on
Wednesday, June 16, 1999, from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm. The third public
meeting will be held on Thursday, June 17, 1999, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

ADDRESSES: The first public meeting with be held at: The Amargosa 
Valley Community Center in Amargosa Valley, Nevada. The second public
meeting with be held at: The Richard Tam Alumni Center at the University
of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada. The third public meeting with be held at:
The Caliente City Hall in Caliente, (Lincoln County) Nevada.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Francis X. Cameron, Special Counsel for
Public Liaison, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory
Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, or by telephone: (301) 415-1642, or
by e-mail:

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Members of the public who are unable to 
attend the meeting are invited to send written comments on the proposed
rule to Secretary, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC
20555-0001, Attention: Rulemakings and Adjudications Staff. Comments may
be hand-delivered to 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland between
7:30 am and 4:15 pm on Federal workdays. Comments may also be provided via
the NRC's interactive rulemaking web site through the NRC home page
( This site provides the availability to upload
comments as files (any format), if your web browser supports that
function. For information about the interactive rulemaking site, contact
Ms. Carol Gallagher by telephone: (301) 415-5905, or by e-mail:

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland this 17th day of May, 1999.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
John T. Greeves,
Director, Division of Waste Management, Office of Nuclear Material 
Safety and Safeguards.
[FR Doc. 99-12899 Filed 5-21-99; 8:45 am]