United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Health Physics Questions and Answers - Question 25

Question 25: Does the definition of a "member of the public" mean "all" individuals? If so why is the exception statement added to the definition?

Answer: No. A particular individual can be a "member of the public" at some times and not at others. For example, an individual who works at a nuclear power plant and receives an "occupational dose" is not a member of the public while at work, but is a "member of the public" during off-hours at home.

(Reference: 10 CFR 20.1003)

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