United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Clarification of Access Control Procedures for Law Enforcement Visits (Generic Letter No. 83-21)


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

                                May 11, 1983

TO ALL LICENSEES OF OPERATING NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS, APPLICANTS FOR OPERATING
LICENSES AND HOLDERS OF CONSTRUCTION PERMITS 

Gentlemen: 

Subject:  Clarification of Access Control Procedures for Law Enforcement 
          Visits (Generic Letter No. 83-21 ) 

Experience has indicated that there is some misunderstanding at licensee 
facilities concerning the application of access control procedures as they 
relate to bona fide law enforcement officers. 

The intent of 10 CFR Part 73.55 (d)(1) is to detect unauthorized materials. 
Licensees need not require on-duty U.S., state, and local, law enforcement 
officers to leave their firearms and ammunition outside the protected areas,
provided that positive identification of bona fide law enforcement status is
made prior to entry. 

                                   Sincerely, 


                                   Darrell G. Eisenhut, Director 
                                   Division of Licensing  
                                   Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation 

8305110034 
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