Criteria for Development of Evacuation Time Estimate Studies (NUREG/CR-7002, Revision 1)

Cited as86 FR 8685
CourtNuclear Regulatory Commission
Publication Date09 Feb 2021
Record Number2021-02584
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10 CFR Parts 50 and 52
[NRC–2008–0122]
Criteria for Development of Evacuation
Time Estimate Studies (NUREG/CR–
7002, Revision 1)
AGENCY
: Nuclear Regulatory
Commission.
ACTION
: NUREG; issuance.
SUMMARY
: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory
Commission (NRC) is issuing Revision 1
to NUREG/CR–7002, ‘‘Criteria for
Development of Evacuation Time
Estimate Studies.’’ This revised NUREG
provides guidance to meet NRC
requirements for development of
evacuation time estimates (ETEs) to
support emergency planning. This
revision reflects the importance of
various ETE model parameters based on
the results of an applied research study
on ETEs. The format and criteria
provided in this document will support
consistent application of the ETE
methodology and will facilitate
consistent NRC review of ETE studies.
DATES
: NUREG/CR–7002, Revision 1 is
available on February 9, 2021.
ADDRESSES
: Please refer to Docket ID
NRC–2008–0122 when contacting the
NRC about the availability of
information regarding this document.
You may obtain publicly available
information related to this document
using any of the following methods:
Federal Rulemaking Website: Go to
https://www.regulations.gov and search
for Docket ID NRC–2008–0122. Address
questions about Docket IDs in
Regulations.gov to Stacy Schumann;
telephone: 301–415–0624; email:
Stacy.Schumann@nrc.gov. For technical
questions, contact the individual listed
in the
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
CONTACT
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nrc.gov. NUREG/CR–7002, Rev. 1,
‘‘Criteria for Development of Evacuation
Time Estimate Studies’’ is available in
ADAMS under Accession No.
ML21013A504.
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:
Todd Smith, Office of Nuclear Security
and Incident Response, U.S. Nuclear
Regulatory Commission, Washington,
DC 20555–0001; telephone: 301–287–
3744, email: Todd.Smith@nrc.gov.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
:
I. Discussion
The ETE is a calculation of the time
to evacuate the plume exposure
pathway emergency planning zone
(EPZ), an area around a nuclear power
plant for which planning is needed to
ensure that prompt and effective actions
can be taken in the event of a
radiological emergency. The ETE is
primarily used to inform protective
action strategies within the EPZ and
may be used to assist in the
development of traffic management
plans to support an evacuation. In
November 2011, the NRC issued
NUREG/CR–7002, ‘‘Criteria for
Development of Evacuation Time
Estimate Studies’’ (ADAMS Accession
No. ML113010515), as guidance to
support compliance with ETE
provisions added to the NRC’s
regulations in title 10 of the Code of
Federal Regulations, part 50, appendix
E, section IV, in a final rule issued on
November 23, 2011 (76 FR 72560). The
initial release of this guidance was
based on previous advancements in the
development of ETE modeling and
knowledge gained through research of
large scale evacuations and staged
evacuations.
The revised NUREG/CR–7002 is based
on an applied research study to
examine, through modeling and
simulation, technical subjects associated
with the use of traffic simulation models
for ETE studies, documented in
NUREG/CR–7269, ‘‘Enhancing
Guidance for Evacuation Time Estimate
Studies’’ (ADAMS Accession No.
ML20070M158). Specific areas of
research included the impact of shadow
evacuations, evacuation model
boundary conditions, the use of manual
traffic control, and the sensitivity of
various model parameters important to
ETE studies. The study provided a
technical basis for revisions to NUREG/
CR–7002 to reflect current practices in
transportation modeling and an
enhanced understanding of evacuation
dynamics. The NRC’s intent in revising
NUREG/CR–7002 is to ensure
consistency in the development and
review of ETE studies.
II. Additional Information
Following development of the revised
guidance, the NRC posted the draft
NUREG/CR–7002, Rev. 1 to the Federal
Rulemaking website at https://
www.regulations.gov for a 45-day public
comment period (85 FR 52930; August
27, 2020). The NRC held a public
meeting on September 16, 2020, to
discuss the scope of the proposed
revisions. The comment period closed
on October 13, 2020. In total, the NRC
received, reviewed, and considered 10
comments during the development of
this revision. Of the 10 comments, 7
were accepted (i.e., the NRC revised the
draft guidance exactly as
recommended), 2 were agreed to in part,
and 1 comment was rejected. In all, nine
comments resulted in revisions to the
draft guidance. A detailed report on the
comment resolutions, including the
agency’s rationales for each comment’s
disposition, will be available for review
in ADAMS under Accession No.
ML21007A043 and at https://
www.regulations.gov/, under Docket ID
NRC–2008–0122, within 30 days after
issuance of the final NUREG/CR–7002,
Rev. 1. Additionally, in response to
EPFAQ 2020–01 (ADAMS Accession
No. ML20206L127), the NRC revised the
draft guidance to clearly define the
decennial period as it applies to the ETE
updates required by 10 CFR part 50,
appendix E, sections IV.5 and IV.6.
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III. Backfitting, Forward Fitting, and
Issue Finality
Issuance of NUREG/CR–7002, Rev. 1
does not constitute backfitting as
defined in 10 CFR 50.109, ‘‘Backfitting,’’
and as described in NRC Management
Directive (MD) 8.4, ‘‘Management of
Backfitting, Forward Fitting, Issue
Finality, and Information Requests’’;
affect issue finality of any approval
issued under 10 CFR part 52, ‘‘Licenses,
Certificates, and Approvals for Nuclear
Power Plants’’; or constitute forward
fitting as defined in MD 8.4, because, as
explained in NUREG/CR–7002, Rev. 1,
licensees are not required to comply
with the positions set forth in that
document.
IV. Paperwork Reduction Act
NUREG/CR–7002, Rev. 1, does not
contain any new or amended collections
of information subject to the Paperwork
Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501
et seq.). Existing collections of
information were approved by the
Office of Management and Budget,
approval numbers 3150–0011 and 3150–
0151.
V. Congressional Review Act
The NUREG/CR–7002, Rev. 1, is a
rule as defined in the Congressional
Review Act (5 U.S.C. 801–808).
However, the Office of Management and
Budget has not found it to be a major
rule as defined in the Congressional
Review Act.
Dated: February 3, 2021.
For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Mark D. Lombard,
Deputy Director, Office of Nuclear Security
and Incident Response.
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§ 210.2–01 [Corrected]
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‘‘Revising paragraphs (c)(1)(ii)(A)
introductory text’’ is corrected to read
‘‘Revising paragraph (c)(1)(ii)(A)(1)
introductory text.’’
Dated: February 4, 2021.
Vanessa A. Countryman,
Secretary.
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establishing new procedures for
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Consistent with the Presidential
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the Assistant to the President and Chief
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Pending Review,’’ OWCP is
withdrawing the direct final rule.
DATES
: Effective February 9, 2021, the
direct final rule published at 85 FR
80601 on December 14, 2020, is
withdrawn.
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: On
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direct final rule entitled Longshore and
Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act:
Electronic Filing, Settlement, and Civil
Money Penalty Procedures, 85 FR
80601. This rule would revise the
LHWCA regulations governing
electronic filing and settlements, and
establish new procedures for assessing
and adjudicating penalties under the
LHWCA. The comment period for the
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significant adverse public comment on
either the direct final rule or a
simultaneously published companion
notice of proposed rulemaking. See 85
FR 80698 (Dec. 14, 2020).
A new administration assumed office
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the Assistant to the President and Chief
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‘‘Regulatory Freeze Pending Review’’ to
the Heads of Executive Departments and
Agencies. 86 FR 7424 (Jan. 28, 2021).
The purpose of the memorandum was
‘‘to ensure that the President’s
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opportunity to review any new or
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will also give the new administration
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policies it implements. OWCP is
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companion notice of proposed
rulemaking. OWCP intends to offer the
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