On February 03, 2020 (85 FR 6000), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published a notice in the federal register requesting comment on a new proposed collection of information to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. The information collection is entitled, “Requests to Federally Recognized Indian Tribes for Information.” NRC actions and NRC-regulated activities may affect Indian Tribes and their current or ancestral Tribal lands. On January 9, 2017, the NRC published a Tribal Policy Statement (82 FR 2402). In its Tribal Policy Statement, the NRC indicted that it recognizes the Federal Trust Relationship with Indian Tribes and will uphold its Trust Responsibility to Indian Tribes. In its policy statement, the NRC indicated that it recognizes and is committed to a government-togovernment relationship with Indian Tribes. The NRC also indicated that it will engage in timely consultations with Indian Tribes. The NRC is requesting OMB approval of a plan for a generic collection of information. The need and practicality of the collection can be evaluated, but the details of the specific individual collections will not be known until a later time. The information collected will include voluntary requests for information that would allow the NRC to more effectively involve Indian Tribes in the NRC’s regulatory activities and to enable the NRC to plan the NRC’s Tribal outreach and consultation activities. Please submit comments by March 4, 2020. Comments received after this date will be considered if it is practical to do so, but the Commission is able to ensure consideration only for comments received on or before this date.
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