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Tribal Advance Notification

The map above displays participating Federally Recognized Tribal governments that have opted to receive Advanced Notification when shipments of irradiated reactor fuel and certain types of nuclear waste pass within or across their reservation boundaries.

Currently there are no tribes that have met the prerequisites required to receive advance notifications.

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Advance Notification Rule Definition

The purpose of the Rule is to inform Tribes that choose to receive advance notification of shipments of irradiated reactor fuel and other nuclear wastes passing across their reservation.  The rule recognizes Tribal sovereignty and the Tribal governments’ interest in being informed of activities occurring on Tribal reservations.

Advance Notification Rule Policy

Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulations governing the packaging and transportation of radioactive material and physical protection of plants and materials were recently amended.  When shipments of irradiated reactor fuel and certain nuclear wastes pass through Federally recognized Tribal reservations, licensees must now provide advance notification to Tribal governments.

In addition, the regulations extend to Tribal officials, designees, and law enforcement personnel relief from fingerprinting requirements required for access to Safeguards Information (SGI). However, the participating Tribal government is required to protect the shipment information as SGI.

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Page Last Reviewed/Updated Tuesday, June 04, 2013