United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Question 12: How will the revised Regulatory Guides be

used in determining acceptability of a licensee's

implementation of the revised Part 20?



Answer: In determining the acceptability of a licensee's

implementation of the revised Part 20, new regulatory

guides will be used in the same way existing guides have

been used in determining acceptability of a licensee's

implementation of the old Part 20 in cases in which there

is no licensee commitment to the guide in a license

application. As stated in virtually every guide,

Regulatory Guides are not regulations and compliance with

them is not required, unless the guide has been made a

specific condition of a license (a common practice for

materials licensees who are licensed by NRC's Office of

Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards). Also, as

indicated in every guide, alternatives to methods described

in the guide may be acceptable. (Reference: Regulatory

Guides)









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