Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
As the NRC continues its ongoing proposed rulemaking effort to amend portions of part 26 of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), “Fitness-for-Duty Programs,” subpart I, “Managing Fatigue,” the NRC will periodically make preliminary documents publicly available on the Federal rulemaking Web site,
A discussion of a September 28, 1999, petition for rulemaking (PRM), PRM-26-2 (64 FR 67205; December 1, 1999), is included in the Regulatory Basis for this proposed rulemaking. This PRM was partially considered in the March 31, 2008 (73 FR 16965), Fitness for Duty Programs final rule. In this proposed rulemaking, the NRC is considering PRM-26-3 (76 FR 28192; May 16, 2011), PRM-26-5 (76 FR 28192; May 16, 2011), and PRM-26-6 (76 FR 28191; May 16, 2011).
The NRC has posted for public availability on
When the regulatory basis was completed, the NRC had not yet begun the rulemaking that provides a voluntary alternative to the Minimum Days Off (MDO) requirements found in § 26.205(d)(3). That alternative became effective on August 11, 2011 (76 FR 43534). However, initial technical analysis indicates that the alternative to the MDO requirements does not change the basis for this rulemaking.
In addition, the NRC has posted preliminary proposed rule language related to these QC/QV personnel on www.regulations.gov. This preliminary proposed rule language contains one portion of the NRC's planned proposed changes. This language does not represent a final NRC staff position, nor has it been reviewed by the Commission. Therefore, the preliminary proposed rule language may undergo significant revision during the rulemaking process.
The NRC is not requesting formal public comments on the regulatory basis or the preliminary proposed rule language. The NRC may post additional materials, including other preliminary rule language, to the Federal rulemaking Web site at
The Plain Writing Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-274) requires Federal agencies to write documents in a clear, concise, well-organized manner that also follows other best practices appropriate to the subject or field and the intended audience. Although regulations are exempt under the Act, the NRC is applying the same principles to its rulemaking documents. Therefore, the NRC has written this document, including the preliminary proposed rule language, to be consistent with the Plain Writing Act. There will be an opportunity for formal public comment on the use of plain language when the proposed rule is published in the
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