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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NRC COMMISSIONER BURNS ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE

Plans to Leave When Term Ends on June 30, 2019 On January 28, 2019, Commissioner Stephen Burns told U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff earlier that he will leave the Commission when his term expires on June 30, 2019. Burns announcement came during the annual NRC all-employee meeting. Overview The NRC Commission operates as a…

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TEXAS COMPACT FACILITY LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT REPORT RELEASED

On December 1, 2018, the Joint Compact Facility Legislative Oversight Committee (Joint Committee) submitted its report on the Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact (Texas Compact) facility to the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Economic Development and the House Committee on Environmental Regulation.   The Joint Committee was established pursuant to House Bill (HB) 2662,…

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DOE EXTENDS PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD RE INTERPRETATION OF HIGH-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTE

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has agreed to extend the public comment period on the Department’s interpretation of the definition of the statutory term “high-level radioactive waste” (HLW) as set forth in the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 and the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982.  (See LLW Notes, September/October 2018, pp. 1, 28-31.) …

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