U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
10 CFR 50.72, Applicability of Notification Requirement to Non-Power Reactors
Title: 10 CFR 50.72, Applicability of Notification
Requirement to Non-Power Reactors
See the memorandum from R. L. Nimitz to Radiation Support
Section dated April 8, 1981. The requirements of 10 CFR
50.72 do not apply to non-power reactors even though they
may be licensed under 10 CFR 50.21.
During an inspection at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
(RPI) Critical Facility, the question arose whether the
licensee was required to report occurrences at their
facility in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72. The wording of
50.72 indicates that it applies to "... each licensee of a
nuclear power reactor licensed under 50.21 or 50.22 ...."
The Critical Facility at RPI is licensed and is about a
1-watt training and research facility.
Although the facility is not a nuclear power reactor used
for generating electricity, it is a nuclear reactor and the
licensee did not wish to be in noncompliance with this
requirement for failing to report an occurrence meeting 10
CFR 50.72 requirements. IE Headquarters was contacted and
it was their opinion that the 10 CFR 50.72 requirements did
not apply to non-power reactors, but a review is underway
to determine if the 10 CFR 50.72 requirements should apply
to these non-power reactor facilities. Therefore, based on
this discussion, the 10 CFR 50.72 requirements do not apply
to non-power reactor facilities even though they may be
licensed under 10 CFR 50.21.
Regulatory references: 10 CFR 50.21, 10 CFR 50.72
Subject codes: 2.3, 12.1
Applicability: Non-Power Reactors