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Information Notice No. 91-76: 10 CFR Parts 21 and 50.55(e) Final Rules
UNITED STATES NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION OFFICE OF NUCLEAR REACTOR REGULATION WASHINGTON, D.C. 20555 November 26, 1991 NRC INFORMATION NOTICE 91-76: 10 CFR PARTS 21 AND 50.55(e) FINAL RULES Addressees All holders of operating licenses or construction permits and vendors for nuclear power reactors. Purpose The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing this information notice to inform addressees that the NRC has amended its regulations regarding the reporting of safety defects under Parts 21 and 50.55(e) of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR Parts 21 and 50.55(e)), as published in the Federal Register (56 FR 36081) on July 31, 1991. The changes became effective on October 29, 1991. It is expected that recipients will review the information for applicability to their facilities and consider actions, as appropriate. However, no specific action or written response is required. Discussion The 10 CFR Parts 21 and 50.55(e) final rules incorporate the Commission's experience with the existing regulations. The final rules apply to the Com- mission's licensees and to nonlicensees who construct facilities for, or supply basic components to facilities or activities licensed by the Commission. The major changes to the 10 CFR Parts 21 and 50.55(e) rules include the following: 1. Reduced duplication in reporting or evaluation among Parts 21, 50.55(e), 50.72, 50.73, and 73.71. 2. Established uniform time limits for initial notifications and followup written notifications for Parts 21 and 50.55(e). 3. Established a time limit for transferring information from vendors to purchasers or affected licensees for purposes of performing evaluations of deviations and determining reportability under Part 21. 4. Established a consistent definition of "defect" in Parts 21 and 50.55(e). 5. Established consistent standards for the content of Parts 21 and 50.55(e) reports. 9111200118 . IN 91-76 November 26, 1991 Page 2 of 2 6. Clarified the definition of "basic component" in Parts 21 and 50.55(e). 7. Clarified the requirements in Parts 21 and 50.55(e) for retaining records. 8. Established time limits for evaluating potential defects and failures to comply for Parts 21 and 50.55(e). 9. Established channels of communication for the Parts 21 and 50.55(e) initial verbal notifications as the NRC Operations Center and for the Parts 21 and 50.55(e) followup written notifications as the Document Control Desk, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, D.C. 20555. 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 Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation (NRR) project manager. Charles E. Rossi, Director Division of Operational Events Assessment Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation Technical contact: Nancy Campbell, NRR (301) 492-0836 Attachment: List of Recently Issued NRC Information Notices .
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