United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Implementation of 10 CFR 73.55 Requirements and Status of Research for Physical Protection of Licensed Activities in Nuclear Power Reactors against Industrial Sabotage (Generic Letter 78-12)


                                                              GL 78-12
                                UNITED STATES 
                        NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION 
                            WASHINGTON, D.C. 20555 

                                        April 14, 1978 

All Power Reactor Licensees

Gentlemen:

This letter is being sent to all licensees authorized to operate a nuclear
power reactor and to all applicants with applications for a license to operate
a power reactor (FSAR docketed) to advise you that the Nuclear Regulatory
commission has forwarded to the FEDERAL REGISTER a notice of meeting, subject
"Implementation of 10 CFR 73.55 Requirements and Status of Research for
Physical Protection of Licensed Activities in Nuclear Power Reactors against
Industrial Sabotage" to be held May 11-12, 1978 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 
This meeting will be open to the public.

The first day of the meeting will be taken up with presentations by Sandia
Laboratories and Los Alamos Scientific Laboratories (LASL) covering their
physical security research efforts.  Sandia has extensive experience in the
analysis barriers, intrusion alarms, vital area identification and analysis,
and security systems design, modeling and evaluation.  Additionally, Sandia
provides consultant services to DOE and NRC in most facets of safeguards. 
LASL has considerable experience in explosives and detection systems research. 
LASL also provides consultant services to the NRC and is currently assisting
the NRC in the review of nuclear power plants physical security plans.

The second day will begin with an address by Mr. Victor Stello, Jr., Director
Regulation.  The theme for this day will be safeguards issues and answers in
the implementation of 10 CFR 73.55.  Discussions of the major issues that have
surfaced during physical security plan reviews will be moderate by Mr. James
R. Miller, Assistant Director for Reactor Safeguards, Division of Operating
Reactors, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.  These discussions will
provide for an exchange between licensee representatives and NRC Safeguards
personnel on questions related to implementation of the requirements of 
10 CFR 73.55.





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All Power Reactor Licensees         - 2 -                  April 14, 1978


If you have any safeguards questionsthat you would like discussed at the
meeting, please let us know and we will modify the enclosed agenda if time
permits.  For any further information or comments, please contact Frank Pagano
of my staff (301-492-7846).

                                      Sincerely,



                                      Edson G. Case, Acting Director
                                      Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation

Enclosure:
Agenda

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                   INDUSTRY MEETING - ALBURQUERQUE MAY 11-12

                              Status of Research

                         Meeting Agenda - May 11, 1978

8:30 - 8:45    - Introduction to the conference - Opening Remarks by James R.
                 Miller, Assitant Director for Reactor Safeguards, DOR,NRR,NRC

8:45 - 9:00    - Overview of effectiveness assessment methodology - William M.
                 Murphy, Chief, Technical Support Branch, DSFER, RES, NRC

9:00 - 9:45    - Facility characterization and target identification - Sandia
                 Laboratories

9:45 - 10:00   - Break

10:00 - 10:45  - Detection of unauthorized access by stealth or deceit - 
                 Lawrence Livermore Laboratories

10:45 - 11:30  - Encounter probability - Sandia Laboratories

11:30 - 12:15  - Engagement outcome probability - Sandia Laboratories

12:15 - 2:15   - Lunch

2:15 - 3:00    - Design to protect against reactor sabotage - Sandia
                 Laboratories

3:00 - 3:30    - Catalog of physical protection equipment - H. Michael
                 Hawkins, Chief, Operational Support Branch, DSFER, RES, NRC

3:30 - 3:45    - Break

3:45 - 4:30    - DOE safeguards R&D program - Division of Safeguards and
                 Security, DOE/Sandia Laboratories

4:30 - 5:00    - Explosion detection - Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory

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                        Implementation of 10 CFR 73.55

                         Meeting Agenda - May 12, 1978

9:00 - 9:30     - NRC Safeguards responsibilities - an opening address by
                  Victor Stello, Jr., DOR, NRR, NRC

9:30 - 9:50     - Actions to be taken by NRC if an unsatisfactory SPER results

9:50 - 10:10    - 10 CFR 21/10 CFR 73.55 relationships

10:10 - 10:30   - Equipment acceptance/Alarms/Locks/etc.

10:30 - 10:50   - Break

10:50 - 11:10   - Vital Areas/Activity control

11:10 - 11:30   - Threat/Insider/General performance requirements

11:30 - 12:00   - Screening/Search/Package control/Escorts

12:00 - 2:00    - Lunch

2:00 - 2:20     - Use of deadly force/Guard qualification/Response force

2:20 - 2:50     - Overal physical security program performance

2:50 - 3:10     - Review procedure: Security plan - Security Workbooks - SPER

3:10 - 3:30     - August 24 date - extension of time/10 CFR 50.54(p) changes/
                  Licensee amendment fees

3:30 - 3:50     - Break

3:50 - 4:10     - New & Proposed rules/Contingency Planning/Guard Training/
                  Clearance/Upgrade

4:10 - 4:30     - I&E/NRR relationship with respect to inspection after
                  August 24

4:30 - 5:00     - Closing remarks - NRC expectations, etc.- Victor Stello, Jr.

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