United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Health Physics Questions and Answers - Question 79

Question 79: Many existing reactor Technical Specifications require commercial power plant licensees to provide statistical personnel dose summary to NRC annually. The old Part 20 contained provisions for such reports, but no corresponding requirement carried over to the revised rule. Why?

Answer: The statement above confuses Technical Specification requirements with Part 20 Requirements.

Under the old Part 20, power reactor licensees (and other licensees) were required, by Part 20, to submit both annual "statistical summary" reports (in accordance with 10 CFR 20.407) and "termination" reports (in accordance with 10 CFR 20.408). In addition to these two Part 20 reporting requirements, power reactor licensees are required by their Technical Specifications to submit annual reports that include a tabulation of workers receiving exposures greater than 100 mrem/y and their associated collective dose according to work and job functions.

Under the revised Part 20, the statistical summary and termination reports of the old Part 20 are eliminated and replaced by a new annual report on the results of individual monitoring of occupational exposure (10 CFR 20.2206). The revised Part 20 has no effect on the annual report required by Technical Specifications. There are no plans to change this reporting requirement in the Technical Specifications.

(References: 10 CFR 20.2206, Reactor Technical Specifications)

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