United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Licensing of Medical, Industrial, and Academic Uses of Nuclear Materials

NRC issues specific licenses for possession and use of byproduct, source, and special nuclear material. After the initial license is granted, the license may be modified during amendment or renewal to reflect changes in circumstances affecting the operations after the license was issued. Licensees can go to the toolkit page to obtain specific information on regulatory guidance, forms, and fees by area of interest.

Cesium Chloride Draft Policy Statement and Public Meeting 2010

The NRC published a notice on June 29, 2010, in the Federal Register (75 FR 37483) issuing the NRC Draft Policy Statement on the Protection of Cesium-137 Chloride (CsCl) Sources for public comment and announcing the upcoming Public Meeting to solicit public input on major issues associated with the draft policy statement regarding the current use of certain forms of Cs-137 sources used by NRC- and Agreement State-licensees.

The NRC has confirmed that the Public Meeting will be held on November 8-9, 2010 (not on November 16-17, 2010, as tentatively scheduled in the Federal Register) at The Universities at Shady Grove Conference Center, 9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, MD 20850-5822. Through this website, you can find information about nearby hotel accommodations as well as access to public transportation. Shortly, we will publish a second notice in the Federal Register to announce the meeting agenda and an Issues Paper which will list the discussion points for each session of the meeting. Nominations for participation in the roundtable discussions of the Public Meeting will be accepted until October 8, 2010. We encourage you to keep checking this web page for the most current information and links to subsequent documents as they become available.

The Public Meeting will cover the Draft Policy Statement and the following issues:

  • The NRC's role in ensuring security for radioactive materials
  • Statement of Policy
  • Security and control of radioactive sources
  • Uses of CsCl sources
  • Ensuring secure disposal for disused CsCl sources
  • NRC's perspective on further security enhancements

The NRC published a second notice on September 29, 2010, in the Federal Register (75 FR 60149) announcing the location and new date of the public meeting on November 8-9, 2010. In addition, an Issues Paper which lists the discussion points for each session of the public meeting is included.

The full text of the first Notice containing the text of the Draft Policy Statement, and the second Notice containing the text of the Issues Paper, are available in the traditional print of the Federal Register at the respective hyperlinks.

NRC encourages all interested parties to participate either in person and/or by submitting written comments to the NRC. Comments on the draft policy statement should be submitted by December 17, 2010. Comments received after this date will be considered if it is practical to do so, but the NRC is able to assure consideration only for comments received on or before this date.

Documents relevant to the draft policy statement and public meeting will be continually posted on this site.

If you need further information, please contact John P. Jankovich at (301) 415-7904, or Cynthia G. Jones at (301) 415-0298.

To access documents relevant to the issues in the Draft Policy Statement and the Public Meeting see the following:

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Date Description
04/11/2011 Summary of Comments on the CsCl Draft Policy Statement and Staff Resolutions – Submitted in Response to the Federal Register Notice (FRN) and at the November 8-9, 2010 Public Meeting (PM)
11/12/2010 List of Public Meeting Participants
11/12/2010 List of Public Meeting Panel Members
11/08-09/2010 Public Meeting Presentations (slides)
11/09/2010 Transcript - Day 2, November 9, 2010 – Public Meeting on the Draft Policy Statement on Cesium-137 Chloride Sources
11/08/2010 Transcript - Day 1, November 8, 2010 – Public Meeting on the Draft Policy Statement on Cesium-137 Chloride Sources
10/28/2010 AGENDA - Public Meeting on the Draft Policy Statement on Cesium-137 Chloride Sources
10/05/2010 No. 10-176 Press Release: NRC to hold Public Workshop on Cesium Chloride Policy Statement Nov. 8-9 in Rockville, MD
08/11/2010 2010 Radiation Source Protection and Security Task Force Report
06/28/2010 No. 10-117 Press Release: NRC Seeks Public Comment on Draft Policy Statement on Protection of Cesium Chloride Radiation Sources
05/24/2010 SRM-COMSECY-09-0029 Draft Policy Statement on the Protection of Cesium-137 Chloride Sources
11/24/2008 SECY-08-0184 Strategy for the Security and Use of Cesium-137 Chloride Sources

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Cesium Workshop 2008

The NRC published a notice on July 31, 2008, in the Federal Register on the upcoming Workshop on the Security and Continued Use of Cesium-137 Chloride (CsCl) Sources. The Notice (1) solicits comments from stakeholders and (2) requests participation in the Workshop scheduled for September 29-30, 2008, at the Bethesda north Marriott Hotel (near the NRC). The Notice also contains an Issues Paper which delineates the topics of discussion grouped into five major areas: alternative CsCl sources, alternative technologies, phase-out of CsCl, additional enhanced security, and potential future requirements.

NRC encourages all interested parties to participate either in person or by writing to the NRC. We are also asking for interest to serve as panel member to lead the round-table discussions.

The full text of the Notice is available either in the traditional print of the Federal Register, or in regular text format through the direct link to the Workshop announcement.

Documents relevant to the Workshop will also be continually posted on this site.

If you need further information, please contact John P. Jankovich at (301) 415-7904.

To access documents relevant to the issues discussed in the stakeholder Workshop on the Security and Continued Use of Cesium-137 Chloride Sources see the following:

Date Description
12/12/2008 08-223 Press Release: NRC Staff Recommends Security Over Replacement of Cesium Chloride Radiation Sources
11/24/2008 SECY-08-0184 Strategy for the Security and Use of Cesium-137 Chloride Sources
10/02/2008 List of Workshop Panel Members
10/02/2008 List of Workshop Participants
09/30/2008 Transcript, Day 2, September 30, 2008 - Stakeholder Workshop on the Security and Continued Use of Cesium-137 Chloride Sources
09/29-30/2008 Workshop Presentations (Slides)
09/29-30/2008 Summary of Public Workshop on the Security and Continued Use of Cesium-137 Chloride Sources
09/29/2008 Transcript, Day One, September 29, 2008 - Stakeholder Workshop on the Security and Continued Use of Cesium-137 Chloride Sources
09/23/2008 AGENDA - Stakeholder Workshop on the Security and Continued Use of Cesium-137 Chloride Sources
08/23/2006 The Radiation Source Protection and Security Task Force Report
05/2013 Radiation Source Security and Replacement Fact Sheet

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Process for New Licenses

A company that wishes to obtain a license to use nuclear materials must submit an application to NRC. This application must demonstrate how the use of these materials will meet the safety requirements in NRC regulations found in 10 CFR Parts 19-21 and 30-39. Applicants must provide information on the type, form, and intended quantity of available facilities, qualifications of users, and radiation protection programs.

NRC reviews the application according to procedures and criteria documented in our Standard Review Plans for these license applications. If NRC approves the application, a license is issued. The license may contain certain conditions imposed by the NRC and agreed to by the licensee.

Applications for possession and use are submitted to NRC's regional offices while applications for distribution of consumer products are submitted to NRC Headquarters. Each region is responsible for applications within its jurisdiction: Region I for the northeast, Region II for the southeast, Region III for the midwest, and Region IV for the west and southwest.

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License Amendment Process

Over time circumstances or regulations may require change in the materials operation, and a licensee may request that the NRC approve a change to its license. Amendments may include changes in users, changes in materials use, or transfer of licenses.

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License Renewal Process

When the original license for materials use is nearing its expiration date, licensees may apply to renew their license. The new license and renewal license period varies depending upon the type of license and is explained in the licensee Toolkit for each type of materials use listed under What We Regulate on this page.

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General Licenses

NRC issues licenses for ownership of byproduct material and for possession and use of byproduct material contained in certain items. They are effective without the filing of applications on the issuance of licensing documents to particular persons.

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License Fees

The fees charged by the NRC to applicants for an NRC license and to holders of NRC licenses and the associated requirements are found in 10 CFR Part 170 and 10 CFR Part 171. See in particular 10 CFR 170.20 and 170.31, and 10 CFR 171.16 and 171.17(b) for sections directly applicable to fees for medical, industrial, and academic use licenses. Also see 10 CFR 170.11 and 10 CFR 171.11 for exemptions from the fee requirements. For more information about fees, see our License Fees page and 10 CFR 170 and 10 CFR 171.

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Public Involvement

To learn how stakeholders can participate in our licensing process, see Public Involvement in Licensing.

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Page Last Reviewed/Updated Wednesday, November 12, 2014