NRC Posts Additional CA BTP Implementation Questions & Answers

On August 29, 2016, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) announced that additional questions and answers (Nos. 22, 23, and 24) regarding implementation of the revised Branch Technical Position on Concentration Averaging and Encapsulation (CA BTP) have been posted to the NRC public website at http://www.nrc.gov/waste/llw-disposal/llw-pa/llw-btp.html. Overview The regulatory requirements for licensing a low-level radioactive…

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Senators Express Concern in Response to GAO Audit on Source Security

By letter dated August 22, 2016, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein expressed concern to U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chair Stephen Burns regarding the findings in a July 2016 U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report titled, “Nuclear Security:  NRC Has Enhanced the Controls of Dangerous Radioactive Materials, but Vulnerabilities Remain.”  NRC Chair Burns responded by letter…

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GAO Releases Report re Security of Sealed Sources

On July 15, 2016, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released GAO-16-330 titled, “Nuclear Security:  NRC Has Enhanced the Controls of Dangerous Radioactive Materials, but Vulnerabilities Remain.”  The report examines the steps that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the 37 states it permits to grant licenses for radioactive materials—called Agreement States—have taken to ensure…

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NRC Releases Results of Byproduct Material Financial Scoping Study

Staff Recommends Expanding Financial Assurance Requirements to Category 1 and 2 Radioactive Sealed Sources that are Tracked in National Source Tracking System On April 27, 2016, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) released SECY-16-0046, Results of the Byproduct Material Financial Scoping Study, to provide the Commission with the results of the staff’s byproduct material financial…

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NRC Issues RIS 2015-15 re Specific Exemption in Requirements for Physical Protection of Category 1 and 2 Quantities of Radioactive Material

On December 4, 2015, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued Regulatory Issue Summary (RIS) 2015-15 to provide information regarding the guidance in NUREG-2155, Rev. 1, Implementation Guidance for 10 CFR Part 37, Physical Protection of Category 1 and Category 2 Quantities of Radioactive Material, and in the questions and answers concerning the application  of 10…

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