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DOE/DSA RIN: 1992-AA52 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Procedural Rules for DOE Nuclear Activities 

Section 234(A) of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 establishes a system of civil penalties for DOE contractors (and any subcontractors or suppliers), indemnified under section 170.(d) of the Act, who violate any applicable rule, regulation or order related to nuclear safety prescribed or issued by the Secretary of Energy pursuant to the Act. DOE regulations at 10 CFR part 820 Final Rule implement section 234(A) of the Act by setting forth procedural rules for DOE nuclear activities, including the assessment of civil penalties for violations of DOE Nuclear Safety Requirements. For the purposes of enforcement under part 820, DOE Nuclear Safety Requirements include, among other things, any DOE Nuclear Safety Requirement in the Code of Federal Regulations. 

Separate from part 820, DOE has also issued regulations at 10 CFR part 708 that prohibit a contractor or subcontractor from retaliating against employees for reporting violations of law, mismanagement, waste, abuse, or dangerous/unsafe workplace conditions, participating in proceedings, or refusing to participate in an activity that may constitute a violation of law or cause a reasonable fear of injury (referred to as "whistleblowers"). The new proposed rule would establish requirements specific to whistleblower retaliation concerning nuclear safety. The proposed rule would also provide, in the text of part 820, a list of all other DOR Nuclear Safety Requirements."

Agency: Department of Energy(DOE)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 2011 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  08/12/2016  81 FR 53337   
NPRM Comment Period End  09/12/2016 
Final Action  03/00/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Kenneth Michaels
Department of Energy
Defense and Security Affairs
1000 Independence Avenue SW.,
Washington, DC 20585
Phone:202 586-3430