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Staff Sends Draft Proposed Rule and Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement Regarding Waste Confidence to the Commission

The NRC Staff issued SECY-13-0061, "Proposed Rule: Waste Confidence - Continued Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel," requesting Commission approval to publish the proposed Temporary Storage Rule and DGEIS. SECY-13-0061 included the draft proposed rule, the draft Federal Register notice for the proposed rule, and the DGEIS. Although these documents are publically available, the public comment period has not yet begun, because Staff is awaiting Commission approval of the documents. The Staff expects the documents to be published in late August or early September, 2013, at which time the public comment period will begin. The public comment period is expected to be 75 days and will include 10 public meetings around the country.