United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Question 381: (a) For nuclear power facilities does

conformance with Regulatory Guides 8.8 and 8.10 fully meet

the requirements of 20.1101 (b) regarding ALARA programs?

(b) If not, does the NRC plan to update these Regulatory

guides to conform to new requirements?

Answer: No, to both questions. (a) Regulatory Guide 8.8

Rev. 3 is now (in 1993) 15 years old, the second proposed

revision to this guide is now 11 years old, and Regulatory

Guide 8.10 is 16 years old. These guides do not adequately

cover all the means that the nuclear power industry has

developed and shown to be practical and cost-effective for

maintaining occupational doses ALARA. For example, these

guides do not recognize the importance of water chemistry

controls and radiation source and field controls for

maintaining doses that are ALARA.

(b) The NRC staff has not yet established a schedule for

updating these guides. The staff did issue Draft

Regulatory Guide DG-8004, "Radiation Protection Programs

for Nuclear Power Plants," to provide guidance on

compliance with 10 CFR 20.1101, "Radiation Protection

Programs," including guidance on the ALARA requirements of

10 CFR 20.1101 (b). However, representatives of the

nuclear power industry stated that this guide was not

needed and it has been withdrawn. (Reference: 10 CFR


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