United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Health Physics Questions and Answers - Question 430

Question 430: Question 373 concerns the minimum requirements for height and access restrictions of barriers used to prevent entry to locked high radiation areas (HRAs) and very high radiation areas (VHRAs) at nuclear power plants. Does this question and answer also apply to non-power reactors?

Answer: No. The answer to Question 373 and Regulatory Guide 8.38 which is referred to in the answer were all written to address conditions at nuclear power plants and are not necessarily adaptable to all situations at non-power reactors, materials, or fuel cycle facilities. Furthermore, the answer to Question 373 states that, in general, there are no prescriptive, specific minimum height requirements for barriers used to prevent entry to locked HRAs and VHRAs.

(Reference: 10 CFR 20.1601, 10 CFR 20.1602)

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