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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GTCC DRAFT REGULATORY BASIS DECOUPLED FROM PART 61 RULEMAKING

On October 23, 2018, a Staff Requirements Memorandum (SRM) was issued that directs U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff to “decouple to the extent practicable the issuance of the draft Regulatory Basis directed in SRM-SECY-15-0094, ‘Historical and Current Issues Related to Disposal of Greater-than-Class C Low-Level Radioactive Waste,’ from Commission action on Part 61.” The SRM states, “This decoupling…

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THE 2018 RADIATION SOURCE PROTECTION AND SECURITY TASK FORCE REPORT

In October 2018, The 2018 Radiation Source Protection and Security Task Force Report (2018 Task Force Report) was submitted to the President and the U.S. Congress by the Chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) as required under Public Law 109-58, The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Energy Policy Act). Overview Like the reports that precede it,…

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