Generic Issues Program
Through our assessment of plant operation, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has identified certain issues involving public health and safety, the common defense and security, or the environment that could affect multiple entities under NRC jurisdiction. We document and track resolution of these generic issues (GIs). The generic issues program (GIP) includes five distinct stages that may be exercised: Identification, Acceptance Review, Screening, Safety/Risk Assessment, and Regulatory Assessment. In addition, the GIP tracks and reports the GI status and resolutions to Congress and the public. The resolution of these issues may involve new or revised rules, new or revised guidance, or revised interpretation of rules or guidance that affect nuclear power plant licensees, nuclear material certificate holders, or holders of other regulatory approvals. Congress requires the NRC to maintain this program [see Section 210 of the 1974 Energy Reorganization Act (Public Law 95-209)].
For details regarding generic issues identified since 1978, see NUREG-0933 - Resolution of Generic Safety Issues.