TEXAS GOVERNOR VETOES SB 1804 DUE TO UNRELATED AMENDMENT SEEKING TO DELAY INCREASE IN FACILITY SURCHARGES AND FEES PAID BY WCS

On June 5, 2019, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) vetoed a widely supported domestic violence bill due to the inclusion of a late amendment related to radioactive waste disposal. Abbott called the measure, Senate Bill (SB) 1804, a “laudable effort” that lost his support when “someone slipped in an ill-considered giveaway to a radioactive waste disposal facility.”…

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DOE ASSISTANT SECRETARY ANNE WHITE RESIGNS

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Mark Gilbertson Reassigned According to local news reports, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management (EM) Anne White has submitted her resignation.  White’s resignation, which is reportedly detailed in a department announcement signed off with the names of Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and the Deputy Secretary of…

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NCRP ISSUES REPORT RE RADIATION SAFETY OF SEALED RADIOACTIVE SOURCES

On April 25, 2019, the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) announced the release of NCRP Report No. 182 titled, Radiation Safety of Sealed Radioactive Sources. NCRP Report No. 182 is intended to serve as “cradle to grave” guidance for sealed radioactive sources. Interested stakeholders may purchase NCRP Report No. 182 at https://ncrponline.org/shop/reports/report-no-182-radiation-safety-of-sealed-radioactive-sources-2019/….

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U.S. NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION (NRC) TERMINATES RULEMAKING RE SPECIAL NUCLEAR MATERIAL ACCOUNTING

In April 2019, it was announced that all five members of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) voted unanimously to terminate a decade-long, multimillion dollar program to update federal regulations on material control and accounting (MC&A) of special nuclear materials. “The Commission has disapproved the draft final rule,” stated NRC Commission Secretary Annette Vietti-Cook in…

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NCRP RELEASES GUIDANCE FOR RADIATION PROTECTION IN THE UNITED STATES

On February 4, 2019, the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) announced the newest guidance for radiation protection in the United States with the publication of Report No. 180 titled, Management of Exposure to Ionizing Radiation: Radiation Protection Guidance for the United States (2018). The report is intended to serve as a tool…

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