The Department of Commerce is seeking public comments on the impact of new reporting and inspections required under an agreement between the United States and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
The new requirements are part of the Protocol Additional to the Agreement Between the United States and the IAEA for the Application of Safeguards in the United States of America, which the President transmitted to the Senate for ratification on May 9, 2002. If ratified, additional segments of the domestic nuclear fuel-cycle industry not currently subject to safeguards, such as nuclear mining and milling, nuclear-related equipment manufacturing, nuclear-related imports and exports, and nuclear fuel cycle research and development could be affected by the Protocol's declaration, reporting, and on-site access requirements.
The notice requests comments on the following topics:
• Estimated numbers of commercial locations that would be impacted.
• Concerns with the potential release of proprietary or
confidential business information.
• Information that would not be subject to disclosure.
• The type of information that would best satisfy the new requirements.
• Redundancy of reporting and data requirements.
• The degree to which impacted companies would
have new reporting requirements.
• The burden, including cost estimates, represented by requirements for companies to collect and report new information both initially and for annual updates.
The announcement appeared in the Federal Register, Vol. 67, No. 224, on November 20, 2002. Comments are due to the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry Security by January 21, 2003.