United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Estimates for Evacuation of Various Areas Around Nuclear Power Reactors (Generic Letter 79-67)



GL79067 

                              UNITED STATES 
                      NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION 
                          WASHINGTON, D.C. 20555 

                            November 29, 1979 

ALL POWER REACTOR LICENSEES 

Gentlemen: 

This letter, which is being sent to all licensees authorized to operate a 
nuclear power reactor and to all applicants for a license to operate a power
reactor (FSAR docketed), is a request for information regarding estimates 
for evacuation of various areas around nuclear power reactors. The requested
infomation is in addition to that requested by the October 10, 1977 letter 
to all power reactor licensees from Darrell G. Eisenhut, Acting Director, 
Division of Operating Reactors, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation. 

Although evacuation time estimates are expected to be prepared in the course
of the upgrading of the state of emergency preparedness as specified in the 
October 10, 1979 letter, submission of these estimates to the NRC is being 
requested on an dccelerated time scale so that the NRC can identify those 
instances in which unusual evacuation constraints exist and special planning
measures should be considered. In some cases of extreme difficulty where a 
large population is at risk, special facility modifications may also be 
appropriate. The requested infomation will also enable the NRC to be 
responsive to a recommendation from the Environment, Energy and Natural 
Resources Subcommittee of the House Committee on Government Operations. The 
information requested in the enclosure should be submitted no later than 
January 31, 1980. 

The October 10, 1979 letter indicated that efforts to develop a model plan 
were continuing. It now appears that the model plan will not be completed on
a schedule which will be of use in developing upgraded plans for the 
requested January 1, 1980 submittal. The upgraded plan development should 
therefore proceed on a site-specific basis. 

                                        Sincerely,  


                                        Brian K. Grimes, Director 
                                        Emergency Preparedness Task Group 
                                        Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation

Enclosure:
Request for Evacuation Time Estimates 

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