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Information Notice No. 91-33: Reactor Safety Information for States During Exercises and Emergencies
UNITED STATES NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION OFFICE OF NUCLEAR REACTOR REGULATION WASHINGTON, D.C. 20555 May 31, 1991 Information Notice No. 91-33: REACTOR SAFETY INFORMATION FOR STATES DURING EXERCISES AND EMERGENCIES Addressees: All holders of operating licenses or construction permits for nuclear power reactors. Purpose: This information notice is intended to alert addressees to recent enhanced efforts on the part of the Office for Analysis and Evaluation of Operational Data (AEOD) of the NRC to interact with State decisionmakers on operational plant data during the early stages of an accident at a nuclear power plant, including both emergency response exercises and actual events. It is expected that recipients will review the information for applicability to their facilities and consider actions, as appropriate. However, suggestions contained in this information notice do not constitute NRC requirements; therefore, no specific action or written response is required. Description of Circumstances: The NRC is prepared to provide an analysis of plant conditions to the States during exercises and emergencies. State receipt and use of this information for decisionmaking is on a voluntary basis. The NRC, licensees, and State and local governments are all well aware that during the first few hours of an accident at a nuclear power facility, critical decisions may be necessary concerning public protective actions and that plant conditions are the major determining factors in early protective action recommendations. Important roles of the NRC in an emergency are to confirm the utility's protective action recommendations and to support the State and local officials in their decisions regarding protective action implementation. NRC has traditionally focused on protective measures communications (i.e., radiological releases, meteorological conditions) when interfacing with States during exercises and actual emergencies. The NRC has extensive expertise in reactor safety and in protective measures areas. The NRC staff is trained to respond to plant emergencies and has a range of technical tools to assist in understanding the significance of events and to project consequences. 9105230062 . IN 91-33 May 31, 1991 Page 2 of 2 The NRC intends to increase its efforts to interact with offsite officials to assure they are aware of and confident in the NRC's ability to support them during the early stages of an accident. The NRC will accomplish this through increased NRC Headquarters participation in exercises so that offsite officials can factor the NRC operational and analytical information into their decisionmaking processes. The NRC is planning to increase interactions in additional ways such as emergency response workshops that describe NRC assessment tools and response capabilities, federally sponsored accident assessment courses, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA's) Emergency Education Network (EENET) broadcasts. It is the intention of the NRC to strengthen the existing relationship between utilities and States in recommending and implementing protective actions. State and local governments can rely on the NRC to provide them with independent reactor safety assessment capability. Nevertheless, the early protective actions in the event of a rapid accident sequence should be considered based on licensee recommendations and must not await or be delayed by NRC assessments. We hope through increased NRC efforts, States will have greater confidence in both the utility's ability and the NRC's ability to assist them in protecting the health and safety of the public. This information notice requires no specific action or written response. If you have any questions about the information in this notice, please contact the technical contact listed below or the appropriate NRR project manager. Charles E. Rossi, Director Division of Operational Events Assessment Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation Technical Contact: Eric W. Weinstein, AEOD (301) 492-7836 Attachment: List of Recently Issued NRC Information Notices .
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