On June 27, 2022 (87 FR 38012), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published a proposed rule in the federal register requesting comments on amending its regulations in 10 CFR Parts 30 and 32 by adding a new class exemption from licensing and associated distribution requirements. This new class exemption would create a path for licensing current and future products that contain byproduct material incidental to their production. This rulemaking would resolve a petition for rulemaking submitted by GE Osmonics, Inc., that requested changes to the regulations to allow distribution of polycarbonate track etched membranes. The NRC plans to hold a public meeting to promote full understanding of the proposed rule and facilitate public comments. The NRC will publish a notice of the location, time, and agenda of the meeting on https://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID “NRC-2015-0017;” and on the NRC’s public meeting website at: https://www.nrc.gov/public-involve/public-meetings.html. The NRC is also issuing draft guidance document to NUREG-1556, Volume 8, Revision 1, “Consolidated Guidance About Materials Licenses: Program-Specific Guidance About Exempt Distribution Licenses” dated June 2020 (ML21256A291) in conjunction with this proposed rule. The draft guidance document reflects the provisions in this proposed rule. Submit comments by September 12, 2022. Comments received after this date will be considered if it is practical to do so, but the NRC is able to ensure consideration only for comments received before this date.
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