The BlueGreen Alliance requested an extension of time to comment on the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC’s) proposed decommissioning rule, and related documents posted March 4, 2022. We seek an extension of the commenting deadline from May 17, 2022, until August 31, 2022, for a total commenting period of 180 days (six months). The requested extension is necessary to provide interested members of the public with a meaningful opportunity to review and analyze the voluminous rulemaking record.
This rulemaking is critically important to the protection of public health and safety and the environment because it will establish final standards governing the decommissioning of many currently operating nuclear reactors across the United States in coming decades. The legal and technical issues raised by decommissioning these reactors—and therefore by this rulemaking—are complex and significant, involving the potential relaxation of several safety requirements that previously were addressed in plant-specific license amendment and extension proceedings. This rulemaking also has environmental justice significance, thus warranting a six-month period for public participation.