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impracticable for the party to avoid $ 2.909 Rearrangement or suspension of the introduction of Restricted Data or proceedings. National Security Information into
In any proceeding subject to this the proceeding, the party shall state in
part where a party gives a notice of the answer a notice of intent to intro
intent to introduce Restricted Data or duce Restricted Data or National Se
other National Security Information, curity Information into the proceed
and the presiding officer determines ing.
that any other interested party does (c) If, at any later stage of a proceed not have required security clearances, ing, it appears to any party that it will the presiding officer may in his discrebe impracticable to avoid the introduc- tion: tion of Restricted Data or National Se (a) Rearrange the normal order of curity Information into the proceed the proceeding in a manner which ing, the party shall give to the other gives such interested parties an opporparties prompt written notice of intent tunity to obtain required security to introduce Restricted Data or Na clearances with minimum delay in the tional Security Information into the conduct of the proceeding. proceeding.
(b) Suspend the proceeding or any (d) Restricted Data or National Se- portion of it until all interested parties curity Information shall not be intro have had opportunity to obtain reduced into a proceeding after publica quired security clearances. No proceedtion of a notice of hearing unless a ing shall be suspended for such reanotice of intent has been filed in ac- sons for more than 100 days except cordance with § 2.908, except as per- with the consent of all parties or on a mitted in the discretion of the presid determination by the presiding officer ing officer when it is clear that no that further suspension of the proparty or the public interest will be pre
ceeding would not be contrary to the judiced.
(c) Take such other action as he de$ 2.908 Contents of notice of intent to in termines to be in the best interest of
troduce restricted data or other nation all parties and the public. al security information.
§ 2.910 Unclassified statements required. (a) A party who intends to introduce Restricted Data or other National Se
(a) Whenever Restricted Data or curity Information shall file a notice
other National Security Information is of intent with the Secretary. The
introduced into a proceeding, the notice shall be unclassified and, to the
party offering it shall submit to the extent consistent with classification
presiding officer and to all parties to requirements, shall include the follow
the proceeding an unclassified stateing:
ment setting forth the information in (1) The subject matter of the Re
the classified matter as accurately and
completely as possible. stricted Data or other National Security Information which it is anticipat
(b) In accordance with such proce
dures as may be agreed upon by the ed will be involved;
parties or prescribed by the presiding (2) The highest level of classification
officer, and after notice to all parties of the information (confidential,
and opportunity to be heard thereon, secret, or other);
the presiding officer shall determine (3) The stage of the proceeding at
whether the unclassified statement or which he anticipates a need to intro
any portion of it, together with any duce the information; and
appropriate modifications suggested (4) The relevance and materiality of
by any party, may be substituted for the information to the issues on the the classified matter or any portion of proceeding.
it without prejudice to the interest of (b) In the discretion of the presiding any party or to the public interest. officer, such notice, when required by (c) If the presiding officer deter§ 2.907(c), may be given orally on the mines that the unclassified statement, record.
together with such unclassified modi
dence such weight as is appropriate under the circumstances, taking into consideration any lack of opportunity to rebut or impeach the evidence.
$ 2.913 Review of Restricted Data or other
National Security Information received
in evidence. At the close of the reception of evidence, the presiding officer shall review the record and shall direct that any Restricted Data or other National Security Information be expunged from the record where such expunction would not prejudice the interests of a party or the public interest. Such directions by the presiding officer will be considered by the Commission in the event of review of the determinations of the presiding officer. APPENDIX A-STATEMENT OF GENERAL POLICY AND PROCEDURE: CONDUCT OF PROCEEDINGS FOR THE ISSUANCE OF CONSTRUCTION PERMITS AND OPERATING LICENSES FOR PRODUCTION AND UTILIZATION FACILITIES FOR WHICH A HEARING IS REQUIRED UNDER SECTION 189A OF THE ATOMIC ENERGY ACT OF 1954, AS AMENDED*
fications as he finds are necessary or appropriate to protect the interest of other parties and the public interest, adequately sets forth information in the classified matter which is relevant and material to the issues in the proceeding, he shall direct that the classified matter be excluded from the record of the proceeding. His determination will be considered by the Commission as a part of the decision in the event of review.
(d) If the presiding officer determines that an unclassified statement does not adequately present the information contained in the classified matter which is relevant and material to the issues in the proceeding, he shall include his reasons in his determination. This determination shall be included as part of the record and will be considered by the Commission in the event of review of the determination.
(e) The presiding officer may postpone all or part of the procedures established in this section until the reception of all other evidence has been completed. Service of the unclassified statement required in paragraph (a) of this section shall not be postponed if any party does not have access to Restricted Data or other National Security Information. 8 2.911 Admissibility of restricted data or
other national security information. A presiding officer shall not receive any Restricted Data or other National Security Information in evidence unless:
(a) The relevance and materiality of the Restricted Data or other National Security Information to the issues in the preceeding, and its competence, are clearly established; and
(b) The exclusion of the Restricted Data or other National Security Information would prejudice the interests of a party or the public interest. 8 2.912 Weight to be attached to classified
evidence. In considering the weight and effect of any Restricted Data or other National Security Information received in evidence to which an interested party has not had opportunity to receive access, the presiding officer and the Commission shall give to such evi
The following statement of general policy and procedure explains in detail the procedures which the Nuclear Regulatory Commission expects to be followed by atomic safety and licensing boards in the conduct of proceedings relating to the issuance of construction permits for nuclear power and test reactors and other production or utilization facilities for which a hearing is mandatory under section 189a of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (the Act and the Energy Reorganization Act of 1974). ' The provisions are also applicable to proceedings for the issuance of operating licenses for such facilities, except as the context would otherwise indicate, or except as indicated in section VIII. Section VIII sets out the procedures specifically applicable to operating license proceedings. The Statement reflects the Commission's intent that such proceedings be conducted expeditious
*In the event of any conflict between the provisions of this appendix and any section of this part, the section governs.
'Except as the context may otherwise indicate, this statement is also generally applicable to licensing proceedings of the type described in the statement which may be conducted by a hearing examiner as the presiding officer.
CFR 2.722(a)(3) should not be confused with the use of the term “alternate" in 10 CFR 2.721(b). In the latter situation the “alternate" is a substitute for a member of a Board who becomes unavailable. As a spe. cial assistant, the “alternate" sits with the three-member Board and not instead of the Board or any of its members.
ly and its concern that its procedures maintain sufficient flexibility to accommodate that objective. This position is founded upon the recognition that fairness to all the parties in such cases and the obligation of administrative agencies to conduct their functions with efficiency and economy, require that Commission adjudications be con ducted without unnecessary delays. These factors take on added importance in nuclear power reactor licensing proceedings where the growing national need for electric power and the companion need for protecting the quality of the environment call for decision making which is both sound and timely. The Commission expects that its responsibilities under the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and other applicable statutes, as set out in the statement which follows, will be carried out in a manner consistent with this position in the overall public interest.
Atomic safety and licensing boards are appointed from time to time by the Commission or the Chairman of the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel to conduct hearings in licensing cases under the authority of section 191 of the Act. Section 191 authorizes the Commission to establish one or more atomic safety and licensing boards to conduct public hearings and to make intermediate or final decisions in administrative proceedings relating to granting, suspending, revoking or amending licenses issued by the Commission. It requires that each board consist of one member who is qualified in the conduct of administrative proceedings and two members who have such technical or other qualifications as the Commission deems appropriate to the issues to be decided. Members of each board may be appointed by the Commission or by the Chairman of the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel from a panel selected from private life, the staff of the Commission or other Federal agencies.
An Atomic Safety and Licensing Board may at its discretion appoint special assistants to the Board from the membership of the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel established by the Commission. These special assistants are to be employed to facilitate the hearing process and improve the quality of the record produced for review. The special assistants may serve as technical interrogators in their individual fields of expertise, alternate Atomic Safety and Licensing Board members to sit with the Board and participate in the evidentiary sessions on the issue for which the alternate members were designated, Special Masters to hear evidentiary presentations by the parties on specific technical matters upon the consent of all parties, or informal consultants to brief the board prior to the hearing on the general technical background of subjects involving complex issues. The term "alternate board member" as a "special assistants within the meaning of 10
I. PRELIMINARY MATTERS (a) A public hearing is announced by the issuance of a notice of hearing, published in the FEDERAL REGISTER as soon as practicable after the application has been docketed, signed by the Secretary of the Commission stating the nature of the hearing and the issues to be considered. The time and place of the first prehearing conference pursuant to $ 2.751a will ordinarily be stated in the notice of hearing. Unless the initial notice of hearing states the time and place of the hearing, and the Chairman and other members of the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board that will conduct the hearing, those matters will be the subject of further notice in the FEDERAL REGISTER after publication of the initial notice of hearing. It is the Commission's policy and practice to begin the evidentiary hearing in the vicinity of the site of the proposed facility. The notice of hearing also states the procedures whereby persons may seek to intervene or make a limited appearance and explains the differences between those forms of participation in the proceeding, and states the times and places of the availability, in an appropriate office near the site of the proposed facility, of the notice of hearing, an updated copy of the application, the report of the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS), the staff safety evaluation, the applicant's environmental report, the Commission's detailed statement on environmental considerations, the proposed construction permit or operating license and the transcripts of the prehearing conference and the hearing.
(b) In fixing the time and place of any conference, including prehearing conferences, or of any adjourned session of the evidentiary hearing, due regard shall be had for the convenience and necessity of the parties, petitioners for leave to intervene, or the representatives of such persons, as well as of the Board members, the nature of such conference or adjourned session, and the public interest. Adjourned sessions of hearings may be held in the Washington, D.C. area if all parties so stipulate. If the parties disagree, and any party considers that there are valid reasons for holding such session in the Washington, D.C. area, the matter should be referred to the Atomic Safety and Licensing Appeal Board for reso
(c)(1) The Commission or the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board may, consider on their own initiative, or a party may request the Commission or the board to con
the board. The board should refer the challenged ruling to the Commission for a final decision if, in its judgment, a prompt decision is necessary to prevent detriment to the public interest or unusual delay or expense, This authority should be exercised sparing. ly, and only when deemed essential in fairness to the parties or the public.
sider, a particular issue or issues separately from, and prior to, other issues relating to the effect of the construction and/or operation of the facility upon the public health and safety, the common defense and security, and the environment or in regard to antitrust considerations. If the Commission or the Board determines that a separate hearing should be held, the notice of hearing or other appropriate notice will state the time and place of the separate hearing on such issue or issues. The board designated to conduct the hearing will issue an ini. tial decision, if deemed appropriate, which will be dispositive of the issue(s) considered at the hearing, in the absence of an appeal or Commission or Appeal Board review pursuant to $ $ 2.760 and 2.762, before the hearing on, and consideration of, the remaining issues in the proceeding.
(2) In a proceeding relating to the issuance of a construction permit for a facility which is subject to the environmental impact statement requirements of section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, and Part 51 of this chapter, and which is a utilization facility for industrial or commercial purposes or is a testing facility, separate hearings may be held and decisions may be issued on National Environmental Policy Act and site suitability issues and other specified issues as provided by Subpart F and $ 2.761a.
(d) Prior to a hearing, board members should review and become familiar with: The record of any relevant prior proceedings in the case, including initial decisions and Commission orders, the application, the ACRS report, the staff safety evaluation, the applicant's environmental report, the Commission's detailed statement on environmental considerations, all other papers filed in the proceeding, the Commission's rules of practice, and other regulations or published statements of policy of the Commission as may be pertinent to the proceed
II. PREHEARING CONFERENCES (a) A special prehearing conference will be held, within ninety (90) days after the notice of hearing has been published, or such other time as the Commission or the Board may deem appropriate, in addition to the standard prehearing conference provided by $ 2.752. The special prehearing conference, authorized by $ 2.751a, should be used to permit identification of key issues; take steps necessary for further identification of the issues; consider all intervention petitions to allow preliminary or final determination as to the parties; and establish a schedule for further actions in the proceeding.
(b) Within sixty (60) days after discovery has been completed,” or such other time as the presiding officer or the Commission deems appropriate, a second prehearing conference-the prehearing conference provided by $ 2.752-is held to consider simplification, clarification, and specification of the issues; consider amendments to the pleadings; obtain stipulations and admissions of facts and of the contents and authenticity of documents to avoid unnecessary proof; identification of witnesses; the setting of a hearing schedule; and such other matters as may aid in the orderly disposition of the hearing.
(c) A transcript of each prehearing conference will be prepared. The board will issue an order after the conclusion of the special prehearing conference which recites the action taken at the conference and agreements by the parties, identifies the key issues in controversy, makes a preliminary or final determination as to the parties, and provides for submission of status reports on discovery by the parties. The board will also issue an order after the conclusion of the second prehearing conference that specifies the issues in controversy in the proceeding. Each order shall be served upon all parties to the proceeding. Objections to such order may be filed by a party within five (5) days,
(e) At any time when a board is in existence but is not actually in session, the chair man has all the powers of the board to take action on procedural matters. The chairman may have occasion, when the board is not in session, to dispose of preliminary procedural requests including, among other things, motions by parties relating to the conduct of the hearing. He may wish to discuss such requests with the other members of the board before ruling on them. No interlocutory appeal? may be taken by a party as a matter of right from a ruling of the chairman or
? An interlocutory appeal means an appeal to the Commission from a ruling made by the board during the time between the issuance of a notice of hearing and the issuance of the initial decision.
***Discovery", for this purpose, does not include production of the ACRS report, the staff's safety evaluation, or the detailed statement on environmental considerations prepared by the Director of Nuclear Reactor Regulation or Director of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards, as appropriate, or his designee.
or, in the case of the staff, within ten (10) days. The board may revise the order in the light of the objections presented and, as permitted by $ 2.718(i), may certify for determination to the Commission or the Appeal Board, as appropriate, such matters raised in the objections as it deems appropriate. As specified in $ 2.752, the order shall control the subsequent course of the proceeding unless modified for good cause.
(d) Prehearing conferences are open to the public except under exceptional circumstances involving such matters as classified information and certain privileged information not normally a part of the hearing record.
(e) The applicant, the staff and other parties are required to provide each other and the board with copies of prepared testimony in advance of its being offered at the hearing. A schedule may be established at the second prehearing conference for exchange of prepared testimony. Prepared testimony is filed in the Commission's public document room and is available for public inspection. When the staff has reached its conclusions with respect to the application and prepared a safety evaluation, the safety evaluation will be made available-a point of time which may or may not be prior to the hearing.
ing of a petition for leave to intervene does not operate to enlarge the issues, or become a basis for receipt of evidence, with respect to matters beyond the jurisdiction of the Commission.
(2) Petitions for leave to intervene which are not filed within the time specified in the notice of hearing will not be granted unless the board determines that the petition should be granted based upon paragraph (a)(1) of this section and upon a balancing of (i) good cause, if any, for petitioner's failure to file on time, (ii) the availability of other means whereby the petitioner's interest will be protected, (iii) the extent to which petitioner's participation may reasonably be expected to assist in developing a sound record, (iv) the extent to which peti. tioner's interest will be represented by existing parties, and (v) the extent which the petitioner's participation will broaden the issues or delay the proceedings.
(3) Those permitted to intervene become parties to the proceeding, subject to any limitations in the order granting leave to intervene, and have all the rights of the applicant to participate fully in the conduct of the hearing, such as the examination and cross-examination of witnesses, with respect to their contentions related to the matters at issue in the proceeding.
(4) If more than one person who has been granted leave to intervene has substantially the same kind of interest that may be affected by the proceeding, and raises the same basic questions, the board or the Commission may order those persons to consolidate their presentation of evidence, crossexamination, briefs, proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law and argument, unless such consolidation cannot be accomplished without prejudice to the rights of a party.
(b) A person who does not wish to, or is not qualified to become a party may be permitted at the discretion of the board, to make a limited appearance pursuant to $2.715. Persons permitted to make limited appearances do not become parties, but should be permitted to make statements at such stage of the proceeding as the board may consider appropriate. A person making a limited appearance may only make an oral or written statement on the record, and may not participate in the proceeding in any other way. The board may wish to limit the length of oral statements. A member of the public does not have the right to participate unless he has been granted the right to intervene as a party or the right of limited appearance for the purpose of making a statement.
III. INTERVENTION AND LIMITED APPEARANCES
(a)(1) As required by $ 2.714, a person who wishes to intervene must set forth, in a petition for leave to intervene, his interest in the proceeding and how the interest may be affected by Commission action. Petitions for leave to intervene shall, as a basis for enabling the board or the Commission to determine how the petitioner's interest may be affected by the proceeding, set forth (i) the nature of his right under the Act to be made a party to the proceeding, (ii) the nature and extent of the interest that may be affected by the proceeding, and (iii) the effect of any order which may be entered in the proceeding on the petitioner's interest. The petition must identify the specific aspects as to which the petitioner wishes to intervene and set forth with particularity the facts pertaining to his interest. The petitioner must file a supplement to his petition containing his contention(s) and basis therefor not later than fifteen (15) days prior to the holding of the special prehearing conference pursuant to $ 2.75la. After consideration of any answers to the petition, the board will rule on the petition. If the board finds that the petitioner's interest is limited to one or more of the issues in the proceeding, the intervenor's participation will be limited to those issues.
Petitions and supplements thereto which set forth contentions relating only to matters outside the jurisdiction of the Commission will be denied. In any event, the grant
IV. DISCOVERY (a) Once the key issues in controversy are identified in the special prehearing confer.