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IN79021 SEP 05 1979 MEMORANDUM FOR: B. H. Grier, Director, RI J. P. O'Reilly, Director, RII J. G. Keppler, Director, RIII K. V. Seyfrit, Director, RIV R. H. Engelken, Director, RV FROM: J. H. Sniezek, Director, Division of Fuel Facility and Materials Safety Inspection, IE SUBJECT: Information Notice No. 79-21 - "TRANSPORTATION AND COMMERCIAL BURIAL OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS" Information Notice No. 79-21 is being sent to all licensees as supplemental information to IE Bulletin Nos. 79-19 and 79-20. This Notice has two enclosures : The DOT publication, A Review of the Department of Transportation (DOT) Regulations for Transportation of Radioactive Materials and a summary of waste burial criteria. The distribution for material licensees and fuel facilities is being handled by ADM at Headquarters to minimize impact on the Regional Offices. The distribution to all power and research reactors with operating licenses is to be handled through your office as we do not have automated addressing capabilities for these licensees. Under separate cover, we are forwarding the DOT publication. J. H. Sniezek, Director Division of Fuel Facility and Materials Safety Inspection Office of Inspection and Enforcement Enclosures: 1. Draft letter to Reactor Licensees 2. Information Notice No. 79-21 CONTACT: G. H. Bidinger, IE 49-28188 . (Draft letter to all power and research reactors with OL's) Information Notice No. 79-21 Gentlemen: Enclosed is Information Notice No. 79-21, "Transportation and Commerical Burial of Radioactive Material," which provides information on packaging and disposal of radioactive material. Sincerely, Signature (Regional Director) Enclosures: 1. IE Information Notice No. 79-21 2. List of Information Notices Issued in Last Six Months . UNITED STATES NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION WASHINGTON, D.C. 20555 September 7, 1979 Information Notice No. 79-21 Gentlemen: Enclosed is Information Notice No. 79-21 , "Transportation and Commerical Burial of Radioactive Material," which provides information on transportation and disposal of low-level radioactive waste. James H. Sniezek, Director Division of Fuel Facility and Materials Safety Inspection Office of Inspection and Enforcement Enclosure: Information Notice 79-21 . Accession No: 7908220108 SSINS: 6870 UNITED STATES NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION OFFICE OF INSPECTION AND ENFORCEMENT WASHINGTON, D.C. 20555 September 7, 1979 Information Notice No. 79-21 TRANSPORTATION AND COMMERCIAL BURIAL OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL On July 10, 1979, the Governors of the Agreement States of Nevada, South Carolina and Washington notified NRC Chairman Hendrie of the serious and repeated disregard for the rules governing the shipments of low-level radioactive wastes to their burial facilities. The problems causing the Governors' concern may be summarized as contaminated packages; improper loading of packages which results in unnecessary radiation exposure; packages containing liquids when liquids or free-standing water are not authorized to be buried; leaking packages; improper labeling of packages; and improper paperwork for shipments. Recently, you should have received either IE Bulletin No. 79-19 or 79-20 on this subject. The enclosures to this Notice provide information regarding the regulatory requirements for the packaging, transportation and disposal of radioactive material. The requirements for packaging and transport referenced herein are applicable to shipments of all radioactive material. The enclosed summary of radioactive waste burial criteria defines the current burial-site license and State requirements on waste form and packaging. A summary of the requirements for transportation is in the enclosed DOT publication, "A Review of the DOT Regulations for Transportation of Radioactive Materials." The enclosures are intended only as a convenient reference; they are neither a substitute for the actual regulations nor a copy of the burial site license or other burial site documents. The DOT regulatory requirements can be found in 49 CFR Parts 170-179 (Oct. 1, 1977). The NRC requirements are in 10 CFR Part 71. To conduct your waste disposal operations properly you must comply with NRC and DOT requirements for packaging and transportation, and the waste packaged for eventual disposal at any of the three operating waste-burial sites must be in a form authorized in the particular burial-site license and State requirements. To assure that the latter requirements are met, you should coordinate your waste disposal activities with the waste collection companies and/or the waste burial site operators. The sites receiving wastes for burial are operated either by the Nuclear Engineering Co., Inc. (502-426-7160), or Chem-Nuclear Systems, Inc. (206-827-0711). Questions about licensing requirements for NRC packages can be addressed to the NRC's Transportation Branch (301-427-4122). Questions about DOT packaging and transport requirements can be addressed to the Materials Transportation Bureau of DOT (202-426-2311). Questions about the IE Bulletins or this Information Notice can be addressed to the appropriate NRC Regional Office listed in 10 CFR Part 20, Appendix D. . Information Notice No. 79-21 September 7, 1979 Page 2 of 2 No written response to this Information Notice is required. Enclosures: 1. Burial Criteria 2. DOT Publication .
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