United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Addressing Correspondence to the NRC

	 
                                 UNITED STATES
                         NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION
                     OFFICE OF NUCLEAR REACTOR REGULATION
                            WASHINGTON, D.C.  20555

                               December 15, 1994


NRC ADMINISTRATIVE LETTER 94-17:  ADDRESSING CORRESPONDENCE TO THE NRC


Addressees

All holders of operating licenses or construction permits for nuclear power
reactors.

Purpose

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing this administrative
letter to remind addressees of the requirement pertaining to correspondence in 
Part 50.4(a) of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR).  This
administrative letter does not transmit or imply any new or changed
requirements or staff positions.  No specific action or written response is
required.

Background

The NRC staff regulations, including 10 CFR 50.4(a), require that the signed
original of all written communications to the NRC be addressed to the U.S.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission, ATTN:  Document Control Desk, Washington, DC
20555.  Some exceptions to this NRC requirement are explicitly stated in other
sections of 10 CFR Part 50 (e.g., 10 CFR 50.54(cc)(1)).  

The NRC staff has noted several instances in which the signed original was not
sent to the Document Control Desk as required.  Instead, the original was
addressed to an NRC staff member.  This occurred most often when the
correspondence (e.g., correspondence supporting enforcement discretion)
required a quick response.

As a result, some licensee documents were not entered in the NRC Nuclear
Document Control System (NUDOCS).  Additionally, these documents were not
available to the public.

Discussion

Licensees are reminded to send the signed original of all written
correspondence to the Document Control Desk (unless explicitly instructed to
do otherwise).  The Document Control Desk personnel ensure that the incoming
documents receive the proper internal distribution and are placed in the
public document rooms and are entered in NUDOCS.





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This requirement does not preclude licensees from transmitting copies of the
signed originals directly to the appropriate NRC staff member(s).

This administrative letter requires no specific action or written response. 
If you have any questions about this letter, please contact the person listed
below or the appropriate Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation (NRR) project
manager.

                                    /s/'d by BKGrimes


                                    Brian K. Grimes, Director
                                    Division of Project Support
                                    Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation

Contact:  Stephen Dembek, NRR
          (301) 504-1401

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