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IN79018 July 5, 1979 MEMORANDUM FOR: B. H. Grier, Director, Region I J. P. O'Reilly, Director, Region II J. G. Keppler, Director, Region III K. V. Seyfrit, Director, Region IV R. H. Engelken, Director, Region V FROM: Norman C. Moseley, Director, ROI:IE SUBJECT: Information Notice No. 79-18 - SKYLAB REENTRY The subject Information is transmitted for issuance on July 6, 1979. The Information Notice should be issued to all holders of Reactor Operating Licenses. Enclosed is a draft copy of the transmittal letter for this purpose Norman C. Moseley, Director Division of Reactor Operations Inspection Office of Inspection and Enforcement Enclosure: 1. IE Information Notice No. 79-13 2. Draft Transmittal Letter CONTACT: G. Klinger, IE 49-28019 . (Draft letter to all holders of Reactor Operating Licenses) IE Information Notice No. 79-18 Addressee: This Information Notice is provided as an early notification of a possibly significant matter. It is expected that recipients will review the information for possible applicability to their facilities. No specific action or response is requested at this time. If you have questions regarding this matter, please contact the Director of the appropriate NRC Regional Office. Signature (Regional Director) Enclosure: IE Information Notice No. 79-18 . UNITED STATES NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION OFFICE OF INSPECTION AND ENFORCEMENT WASHINGTON, D.C. 20555 July 6, 1979 Information Notice No. 79-18 SKYLAB REENTRY Description of Circumstances: The most recent dates for reentry of Skylab are July 10 to 14, 1979, with July 12, as the most probable date. Recognizing that a hit on a nuclear power plant would be highly unlikely by Skylab debris, the NRC believes it would be prudent for licensees to review their, contingency plans in case such an event should actually occur. The NRC is in communication with the Department of Energy (DOE), and will receive notification from them as soon as the reentry corridor can be established. This notification may occur within 1 to 2 hours before reentry actually occurs. If it is determined that there are any licensed nuclear power plants in the reentry corridor, the plants will receive notification from their respective Regional Office via the dedicated phone line. This Information Notice is provided as an early notification of a possibly significant matter. It is expected that recipients will review the information for possible applicability to their facilities. No specific action or response is requested at this time. If further NRC evaluations so indicate, an IE Circular or Bulletin will be issued to recommend or request specific licensee actions. If you have questions regarding the matter, please contact the Director of the appropriate NRC Regional Office. No written response to this information notice is required.
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