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NRC RIN: 3150-AI40 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Groundwater Protection at Uranium in Situ Recovery Facilities [NRC-2008-0421] 

This rulemaking would amend the NRC’s regulations to ensure groundwater protection at in situ leach uranium recovery facilities. The rule would create a more efficient licensing process by codifying requirements currently imposed through license conditions. The rule would affect in situ leach uranium recovery facility licensees and applicants. 

Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission(NRC)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 10 CFR 40   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 2201    42 U.S.C. 5841   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Notice  01/31/2019  84 FR 574   
Notice Comment Period End  03/04/2019 
Notice Comment Period Extended  03/01/2019  84 FR 6979   
Second Comment Period Extended End  05/03/2019 
NPRM  03/00/2024 
Final Rule  03/00/2025 
Additional Information: On October 18, 2018, the EPA published a withdrawal of its proposed rule in the Federal Register (83 FR 54543). On January 31, 2019 (84 FR 574), NRC published a request for comment soliciting views from interested stakeholders on whether the NRC should resume rulemaking to amend its regulations governing the domestic licensing of source material by codifying general requirements to address ground water protection at uranium in situ recovery facilities. A document was published in the Federal Register on March 1, 2019 (84 FR 6979), extending the comment period for this action. The comment period closed on May 3, 2019. Staff provided recommendations for next steps on this rulemaking to the Commission as part of SECY-19-1023, "Regulatory Options for Uranium In Situ Recovery Facilities," dated December 16, 2019. On July 23, 2021, staff submitted the proposed rule to the Commission in SECY-21-0067.
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
George M. Tartal
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards,
Washington, DC 20555-0001
Phone:301 415-0016