The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the current CRGR Charter, Revision 8, in March 2011. In particular, this revision includes various major process changes and establishes some new CRGR roles and responsibilities:
The CRGR membership and the CRGR Chairman will continue to be appointed by the EDO. The Committee will have one member each from the Offices of Nuclear Reactor Regulation (NRR), Nuclear Regulatory Research (RES), Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards (NMSS), and General Counsel (OGC); one of the regions on a rotational basis; and one member each from the program offices formed since the issuance of the last CRGR charter (NSIR, NRO, FSME). The CRGR Chairman will report directly to the EDO about CRGR activities. New CRGR members will be appointed as the need arises, as was the case, for example, with the creation of the three new program offices. RES will continue to provide the technical and administrative support for the CRGR.
Except for proposed generic requirements that become immediately effective (e.g., those requiring immediate action by the licensing office because they may involve adequate protection issues), the CRGR will continue to review selected nuclear materials items at the recommendation of the Director of NMSS or the Director of FSME, or at the EDO's request. The CRGR will also continue to review new and revised power-reactor-related regulatory requirements, generic correspondence, and regulatory guidance, as well as selected U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff guidance related to licensing, inspection, assessment, and enforcement that could impose a backfit pertaining to new and operating reactors. Rulemakings will only be reviewed at the request of the proposing office or as directed by the EDO. The CRGR will now review documents for which the non-concurrence process has been evoked related to a backfit issue. The CRGR will continue to formally review Generic Letters and Bulletins and will be available for the review of other documents upon request.
The CRGR will continue to review NRC's administrative generic backfit controls to determine if they are sufficient and the staff guidance is comprehensive and clear.
The program offices and regional management will ensure that the staff continues to follow the agency's backfit procedures and will maintain a backfit POC who will be responsible for their respective office/regional procedures and processes specific to relevant backfit activities.
As part of the Committee's responsibility for monitoring the overall effectiveness of NRC's generic backfit management process, the CRGR members will continue to engage licensees in matters of backfitting while visiting nuclear power reactors and nuclear materials facilities and will hold meetings with stakeholders as appropriate.
The CRGR no longer requires the program offices to provide a list of items expected to be submitted for CRGR review and endorsement to the CRGR Chairman because the volume of items requiring CRGR review has diminished.
The CRGR now performs "informal" reviews of various generic documents such as Regulatory Issue Summaries. The CRGR technical staff conducts these reviews and provides recommendations to the CRGR Chairman and members. If concerns exist or unintended backfitting requires further discussion, then a "formal" review will entail the staff appearing before the CRGR members in a formal meeting.
In the effort to streamline the development and revision of agency regulatory guides, the CRGR will review draft regulatory guides at the request of the staff. However, the staff is required to engage the CRGR if there has been a valid documented backfit claim made during the public comment phase. This interaction may result in a formal CRGR review.
The sponsoring division director is no longer required to provide a closeout memorandum to the CRGR indicating agreement with the CRGR recommendations. The discussions within the CRGR meeting are captured by the meeting minutes that document the staff's position. However, in instances of disagreements, the sponsoring division director will submit a memorandum to the EDO for resolution.
The CRGR will review requests regarding a backfit claim from external stakeholders to address an unresolved backfit claim raised in the public comment phase of document development pertaining to new or revised generic requirements (this excludes the rulemaking's public comment phase as a review process already exists for the stakeholders to raise backfit issues). In this review process, the CRGR will first engage the staff before any potential public meetings of the CRGR with external stakeholders.
The CRGR will continue to perform special tasks upon the EDO's request.
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