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Enforcement Policy

The Enforcement Policy was last revised on July 9, 2013, to reflect the Permanent Implant Brachytherapy Medical Event Reporting Interim Enforcement Policy and is available through the NRC's Agencywide Document Access and Management System (ADAMS) at ML13228A199. Whereas the Enforcement Policy explains the NRC's overall policies and procedures for initiating enforcement actions, the medical event reporting interim enforcement policy specifically allows the staff to exercise enforcement discretion for certain violations of 10 CFR 35.3045.

(Note:  For cross-reference and historical purposes, the previous version of the Enforcement Policy, dated January 28, 2013, is available in ADAMS at ML12340A295.)

The Enforcement Policy is applicable to enforcement matters involving the radiological health and safety of the public, including employee health and safety, the common defense and security, and the environment.  However, the medical event reporting interim enforcement policy applies only to medical events occurring under an NRC licensee’s permanent implant brachytherapy program.

In a notice published in the Federal Register on March 16, 2005, the Commission announced its intent to use the NRC public Web site and the NRC's Agencywide Document Access and Management System (ADAMS) to communicate its "General Statement of Policy and Procedure for NRC Enforcement Actions - Enforcement Policy," to discontinue publication of the paper document, NUREG-1600, and to simplify the official policy statement title. The NRC is taking these actions because the policy statement is available electronically on the NRC public Web site and is widely known as the "NRC Enforcement Policy."

The following links are to recent proposed revisions of the Enforcement Policy, which the NRC issued for public comment and NRC's responses to the public's comments:

Comments on draft updates of the Enforcement Policy may be submitted electronically via Regulations.gov. See Documents for Comment page.

The following links are to recent revisions of the Enforcement Policy:

For previous revisions of the Enforcement Policy, see History of Enforcement Policy.

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