United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Question 62: With 10 CFR 20.1101 (b) making ALARA a

requirement ("shall" instead of a "should"), does the NRC

staff plan or anticipate any significant change in

inspection program focus or in enforcement activity with

respect to ALARA for occupational exposure at nuclear power


Answer: No. In general, the recent performance of the

nuclear power reactor industry has been good with respect

to efforts to achieve occupational doses that are ALARA.

Collective doses (person-rem) for both PWRs and BWRs have

been declining since the early 1980s. The NRC staff is not

planning any significant change in the depth or scope of

inspections with respect to ALARA and, therefore, no

significant change in the inspection program and

procedures. NRC headquarters does plan to review all draft

notices of violation of 10 CFR 20.1101 (b) in order to

monitor proposed enforcement actions in this area to ensure

that a reasonably consistent approach is established.

Consistent with current and past policy, the NRC Regional

Offices will continue to allocate increased inspection

resources (e.g., ALARA team inspections) to inspections of

poor ALARA performers. (References: 10 CFR 20.1101 (b))

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