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Revision of 40 CFR Part 192--Health and Environmental Protection Standards for Uranium and Thorium Mill Tailings and Uranium In Situ Leaching Processing Facilities

a.k.a. Revisions to Health and Environmental Protection Standards for Uranium and Thorium Mill Tailings (40 CFR 192)


RIN: 2060-AP43 (What's this?)

Docket No.: Not yet available (What's this?)

Current Phase: Proposal (What's this?)

Abstract:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing new health and environmental protection standards under the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act (UMTRCA) of 1978. The standards proposed in this action would be applicable to byproduct materials produced by uranium in-situ recovery (ISR) and would be implemented by the U.S.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and NRC Agreement States. The EPA initially proposed new health and environmental protection standards for ISR facilities on January 26, 2015; however, the EPA has decided to re-propose the rule and seek additional public to comment on changes to the original proposal, including changes in the regulatory framework and approach, based on public comment and new information received from stakeholders.
Timeline

MilestoneDate
Initiated03/17/2009
NPRM: Sent to OMB for Regulatory Review04/15/2014
NPRM: Received by OMB04/22/2014
NPRM: Regulatory Review Concluded09/26/2014
NPRM: Comment Period Open01/26/2015
NPRM: Published in FR01/26/2015
NPRM: Comment Period Extension Published in FR04/24/2015
NPRM: Comment Period Closed04/27/2015
NPRM: Comment Period Closed with Extension05/27/2015
Supplemental NPRM: Sent to OMB for Regulatory Review10/04/2016
Supplemental NPRM: Received by OMB10/05/2016
Supplemental NPRM: Regulatory Review Concluded01/03/2017
Supplemental NPRM: Published in FR01/19/2017
Supplemental NPRM: Comment Period Open01/19/2017
Supplemental NPRM: Comment Period Closed07/18/2017
Supplemental NPRM: Comment Period Extension Published in FR08/02/2017
Supplemental NPRM: Comment Period Closed with Extension10/16/2017
Final Rule: Published in FR00/0000 (projected)

Potential Effects

Children's Health
This rule is likely to address an adverse impact on childhood lifestages, including prenatal (via exposure to women of childbearing age). The potential adverse impacts are expected to be due to exposure (i.e., children and/or women of childbearing age are more likely to be highly exposed than other lifestages).

Environmental Justice
This rulemaking involves a topic that is likely to be of particular interest to or have particular impact upon minority, low-income, tribal, and/or other vulnerable populations because:

  • This topic is likely to impact the health of vulnerable populations.
  • This topic is likely to impact the environmental conditions of vulnerable populations.
  • This topic is likely to present an opportunity to address an existing disproportionate impact on vulnerable populations.
  • This topic is likely to result in the collection of information or data that could be used to assess potential impacts on the health or environmental conditions of vulnerable populations.
  • This topic is likely to affect the availability of information to vulnerable populations.

State Governments
Likely to be regulated by this rule.
Likely to be involved in the implementation of this rule.

Tribal Governments
Likely to be regulated by this rule.
Likely to be involved in the implementation of this rule.

Participate / Learn More

Comment Period Open (01/19/2017 until 10/16/2017) - Click to access the document on Regulations.gov and comment by clicking "Submit Comment" near the top of the Regulations.gov page.

Regulatory Review

Some of EPA's rulemakings undergo regulatory review (What's this?), as prescribed by Executive Order 12866 and coordinated by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The following list describes which of this rulemaking's stages have completed review and published in the Federal Register, if any, and provides links to the review documents where available. Consult the "Timeline" section of this Web page for the dates of each review.

  • NPRM - No Information Available.
  • Final Rule - This stage of the rulemaking underwent review.
  • Supplemental NPRM - This stage of the rulemaking underwent review.
Citations & Authorities

Federal Register Citations

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Citation
40 CFR 192

Legal Authority
42 U.S.C. 2011 et seq. Atomic Energy Act