Announcing the start of the Waste Confidence public comment period

Three important Federal Register notices were published today. 

·        The NRC’s proposed Waste Confidence rule for public comment:

·        The NRC’s Notice of Availability for the Waste Confidence draft generic environmental impact statement (DGEIS):

·        The Environmental Protection Agency’s Notice of Availability of the Waste Confidence DGEIS:

The publication of these notices starts the 75-day public comment period on the Waste DGEIS ( and proposed rule. The public comment period ends on Wednesday, November 27, 2013.  Comments received after November 27, 2013, will be considered as practicable.  However, the NRC can only guarantee consideration of comments received on or before November 27, 2013.

In addition to presenting oral comments at any of our twelve public meetings, there are many ways to submit written comments on the DGEIS and proposed rule.  The NRC gives all comments equal weight, no matter who submits them or how they are submitted.  You can submit written comments through any of the methods below.

E-mail comments to, citing Docket ID No. NRC–2012–0246   
Submit comments online at using Docket ID No. NRC–2012–0246   
(Direct link to comment submission:!submitComment;D=NRC-2012-0246-0361

Mail comments to     Secretary

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Washington, DC 20555-0001

ATTN: Rulemakings and Adjudications Staff


Fax comments to      Secretary

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

301-415-1101, citing Docket ID No. NRC–2012–0246


Hand-deliver comments to 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852, between7:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Federal workdays; telephone 301-415-1677.


If you have any questions about the information in this e-mail please contact Sarah Lopas at (301) 287-0675 or  For additional details on our 12 public meetings and how to register to attend these meetings, please go to our Waste Confidence Public Involvement webpage:


Thank you,


Staff of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Waste Confidence Directorate