Subject: Extension of Public Comment Period

 United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission
 Office of Public Affairs
 Washington, DC 20555
 Phone 301-415-8200   Fax 301-415-2234
 Internet:opa@nrc.gov

 No. 99-90       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
        (Friday, April 30, 1999)

 NRC EXTENDS PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR REGULATIONS
 LICENSING PROPOSED RADIOACTIVE WASTE REPOSITORY IN NEVADA


 The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is extending until June 30 the time
 available for the public to comment on a proposed rule regarding the
 proposed high-level radioactive waste repository at Yucca Mountain,
 Nevada.   The comment period was to have ended on May 10.

 The agency received several requests for an extension of  the comment
 period at public meetings held last month in Las Vegas and Beatty,
 Nevada.  Commenters referred to the complex, technical nature of the
 proposed rule and the need to review other related documents, as
 justification for the extension.   The proposed rule, published in the
 Federal Register on February 22,  would add site-specific criteria for
 licensing the proposed geologic repository for spent nuclear fuel and
 high-level radioactive wastes at Yucca Mountain.

 Interested persons are invited to submit written comments to the
 Secretary, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001,
 Attention: Rulemakings and Adjudications Staff.  Comments may also be
 submitted electronically via the NRC's interactive rulemaking website at
 http://www.nrc.gov/NRC/rule.html.