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Regulations and Standard Review Plan Concerning Radiation Protection for New Reactors

Regulations issued by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) are found in Chapter I of Title 10, "Energy," of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Chapter I is divided into Parts 1 through 199. Among these, all NRC licensees are required to implement the regulations in 10 CFR Part 20, "Standards for Protection Against Radiation," to protect the public, occupational workers, and the environment from ionizing radiation associated with licensed activities. Consequently, the NRC staff will thoroughly review all new reactor applications to ensure that applicants are in compliance with these standards and all associated radiation protection regulations. For information about other regulations associated with radiation protection programs, as well as the applicable sections of the NRC's "Standard Review Plan for the Review of Safety Analysis Reports for Nuclear Power Plants" (NUREG-0800), see the following topics on this page:


  • 10 CFR Part 19, "Notices, Instructions and Reports to Workers: Inspection and Investigations"
  • 10 CFR Part 20, "Standards for Protection Against Radiation"
  • 10 CFR Part 20, Appendix B, "Annual Limits on Intake (ALIs) and Derived Air Concentrations (DACs) of Radionuclides for Occupational Exposure; Effluent Concentrations; Concentrations for Release to Sewerage"
  • 10 CFR Part 20, Appendix G, "Requirements for Transfers of Low-Level Radioactive Waste Intended for Disposal at Licensed Land Disposal Facilities and Manifests"
  • 10 CFR Part 30, "Rules of General Applicability to Domestic Licensing of Byproduct Material"
  • 10 CFR Part 40, "Domestic Licensing of Source Material"
  • 10 CFR 50.34, "Contents of Applications; Technical Information"
  • 10 CFR 50.34a, "Design Objectives for Equipment To Control Releases of Radioactive Material in Effluents - Nuclear Power Reactors" 11.1-17 Draft Revision 4 - August 2014
  • 10 CFR 50.36a, "Technical Specifications on Effluents from Nuclear Power Reactors"
  • 10 CFR Part 50, Appendix A, "General Design Criteria for Nuclear Power Plants"
  • 10 CFR Part 50, Appendix B, "Quality Assurance Criteria for Nuclear Power Plants and Fuel Reprocessing Plants"
  • 10 CFR Part 50, Appendix E, "Emergency Planning and Preparedness for Production and Utilization Facilities"
  • 10 CFR Part 50, Appendix I, "Numerical Guides for Design Objectives and Limiting Conditions for Operation to Meet the Criterion 'As Low as is Reasonably Achievable' for Radioactive Material in Light-Water-Cooled Nuclear Power Reactor Effluents"
  • 10 CFR Part 51, "Environmental Protection Regulations for Domestic Licensing and Related Regulatory Functions"
  • 10 CFR Part 52, "Licenses, Certifications, and Approvals for Nuclear Power Plants"
  • 10 CFR Part 61.55, "Waste Classification"
  • 10 CFR Part 61.56, "Waste Characteristics"
  • 10 CFR Part 70, "Domestic Licensing of Special Nuclear Material"
  • 10 CFR Part 71, "Packaging and Transportation of Radioactive Material"
  • 10 CFR Part 71, Appendix A, "Determination of A1 and A2"
  • 10 CFR Part 100, "Reactor Site Criteria"
  • 29 CFR 1910.134, "Occupational Safety and Health Standards"
  • 40 CFR Part 190, "Environmental Radiation Protection Standards for Nuclear Power Operations"
  • 49 CFR Part 171, "General Information, Regulations, and Definitions," through 49 CFR Part 180, "Continuing Qualification and Maintenance of Packagings"

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Standard Review Plan

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  • Chapter 7, BTP 7-10, "Guidance on Application of Regulatory Guide 1.97"of NUREG-0800, "Standard Review Plan for the Review of Safety Analysis Reports for Nuclear Power Plants: LWR Edition - Instrumentation and Controls (NUREG-0800, Chapter 7)"
  • Chapter 11, "Radioactive Waste Management"
    • Section 11.1, "Source Terms"
    • Section 11.2, "Liquid Waste Management System"
    • Section 11.3, "Gaseous Waste Management System"
    • Section 11.4, "Solid Waste Management System"
    • Section 11.5, "Process and Effluent Radiological Monitoring Instrumentation and Sampling Systems"
  • Chapter 12, "Radiation Protection"
    • Section 12.1, "Assuring that Occupational Radiation Exposures Are As Low As Is Reasonably Achievable"
    • Section 12.2, "Radiation Sources"
    • Section 12.3 - 12.4, "Radiation Protection Design Features"
    • Section 12.5, "Operational Radiation Protection Program"

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