Informal "legislative hearings" in which the Commission (or a designated presiding officer), at its discretion, may conduct oral hearings on two specified types of matters: (1) fact-finding related to issuance of rules for standard design certifications for nuclear power plants; and (2) certification by an Atomic Safety Licensing Board panel that a party to a proceeding has made a prima facie case that exemption from, or exception to, an NRC rule or regulation in that proceedings is warranted on the ground that special circumstances make application of such rule/regulation would not serve its underlying purpose. (See 10 CFR Part 2, Subpart O). Legislative hearings are conducted by the Commission, or, at its discretion, a designated presiding officer (unspecified).
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