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Proposed Rule

The NRC is making available the regulatory basis for the ongoing proposed rulemaking effort to amend its regulations regarding drug testing requirements in NRC licensees’ fitness for duty programs. The regulatory basis documents the reasoning upon which the NRC determined rulemaking was the appropriate course of action. In this regulatory basis, the NRC recommends developing a proposed rule that would enhance the ability of NRC licensees to detect and deter drug use and the alignment of the NRC’s regulations with select drug testing provisions in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ ‘‘Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs’’ issued in 2008. At this time, the NRC is not soliciting formal public comments on the materials identified in such document. There will be an opportunity for formal public comment on the proposed rule when it is published in the Federal Register.