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UNITED STATES NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION OFFICE OF NUCLEAR MATERIAL SAFETY AND SAFEGUARDS WASHINGTON, D.C. 20555 April 4, 1989 Information Notice No. 89-37: PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO 40 CFR PART 61, AIR EMISSION STANDARDS FOR RADIONUCLIDES Addressees: All U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) licensees. Purpose: This information notice is provided to inform licensees that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a proposed rule (53 FR 9612) to amend the air emission standards for radionuclides in 40 CFR Part 61. Licensees may wish to review this information for applicability to their programs, distribute the notice to responsible radiation safety staff, and consider actions, if appro-priate, to assess the impact of the proposed rule on licensee operations and the need for comments to EPA. However, suggestions contained in this infor-mation notice do not constitute new NRC requirements, and no written response is required. Description of Circumstances: On March 7, 1989, a proposed rule on radionuclide emissions under the authority of the Clean Air Act was published on the Federal Register, Vol. 54, No. 43, pp. 9612 to 9668. NRC licensees constitute one category of sources covered by the proposed rule. A copy of that portion of the statement of considerations dealing with NRC-licensed, Agreement State-licensed, and non-DOE Federal faci-lities (including fuel cycle facilities) is provided as Attachment 1 of this information notice. The proposed rule also sets standards for mill tailings sites. Comments on the proposed rule must be received by EPA on or before May 15, 1989. Public hearings will be held in Washington, D.C. on April 10 and 11, 1989, and in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 13 and 14, 1989. Comments should be submitted (in duplicate, if possible) to: Central Docket Section (A-130), Environmental Protection Agency, Attn: Docket No. A-79-11, Washington, D.C., 20460. Discussion: The Federal Register Notice discusses four approaches to establish a health and safety standard for radionuclide air emissions. The final standard will be determined after public comments have been considered. Proposed procedures for determining compliance may require historical meteorological data, emissions 8903290257 . IN 89-37 April 4, 1989 Page 2 of 2 sampling, and use of computer codes developed by EPA. Licensees should consider obtaining a complete copy of the proposed rule and assessing the impact of en-suring compliance on their operations. Licensee comments on the potential impact of the various options under consi- deration and the methods for determining and demonstrating compliance would be of use to EPA. For more information, contact: James M. Hardin, Environmental Standards Branch, Criteria and Standards Division (ANR-460), Office of Radiation Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C., 20460, (202) 475-9610. No written response is required by this information notice. If you have any questions about this matter, please contact the appropriate NRC Regional Offices or this office. Richard E. Cunningham, Director Division of Industrial and Medical Nuclear Safety, NMSS Technical Contact: Kevin M. Ramsey, NMSS (301) 492-0534 Attachments: 1. Pages 9628-9632 of 54 FR 9612 2. List of Recently Issued NMSS Information Notices 3. List of Recently Issued NRC Information Notices . Attachment 3 IN 89-37 April 4, 1989 Page 1 of 1 LIST OF RECENTLY ISSUED NRC INFORMATION NOTICES _____________________________________________________________________________ Information Date of Notice No._____Subject_______________________Issuance_______Issued to________ 89-36 Excessive Temperatures 4/4/89 All holders of OLs in Emergency Core Cooling or CPs for nuclear System Piping Located power reactors. Outside Containment 88-86, Operating with Multiple 3/31/89 All holders of OLs Supp. 1 Grounds in Direct Current or CPs for nuclear Distribution Systems power reactors. 89-35 Loss and Theft of Un- 3/30/89 All U.S. NRC secured Licensed Material byproduct, source and special nuclear material licensees. 89-34 Disposal of Americium 3/30/89 All holders of an Well-Logging Sources NRC specific license authorizing well- logging activities. 89-33 Potential Failure of 3/23/89 All holders of OLs Westinghouse Steam or CPs for PWRs. Generator Tube Mechanical Plugs 89-32 Surveillance Testing 3/23/89 All holders of OLs of Low-Temperature or CPs for PWRs. Overpressure-Protection Systems 89-31 Swelling and Cracking 3/22/89 All holders of OLs of Hafnium Control Rods or CPs for PWRs with Hafnium control rods. 89-30 High Temperature 3/15/89 All holders of OLs Environments at or CPs for nuclear Nuclear Power Plants power reactors. 89-29 Potential Failure of 3/15/89 All holders of OLs ASEA Brown Boveri or CPs for nuclear Circuit Breakers power reactors. During Seismic Event _____________________________________________________________________________ OL = Operating License CP = Construction Permit ..
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