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UNITED STATES NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION OFFICE OF NUCLEAR REACTOR REGULATION & OFFICE OF NUCLEAR MATERIAL SAFETY AND SAFEGUARDS WASHINGTON, D.C. 20555 May 12, 1992 NRC INFORMATION NOTICE 92-38: IMPLEMENTATION DATE FOR THE REVISION TO THE EPA MANUAL OF PROTECTIVE ACTION GUIDES AND PROTECTIVE ACTIONS FOR NUCLEAR INCIDENTS Addressees All holders of operating licenses or construction permits for nuclear power reactors, non-power reactors and materials licensees authorized to possess large quantities of radioactive material. Purpose The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing this information notice to notify addressees of a recent Commission decision that will affect the implementation date for the revised U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Manual of Protective Action Guides and Protective Actions for Nuclear Incidents. 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 are not NRC requirements; therefore, no specific action or written response is required. Description of Circumstances On November 19, 1991, and January 23, 1992, the NRC issued Information Notices 91-72, "Issuance of a Revision to the EPA Manual of Protective Action Guides and Protective Actions for Nuclear Incidents" and 92-08, "Revised Protective Action Guidance for Nuclear Incidents," respectively, to notify licensees of a revision to EPA's Manual of Protective Action Guides and Protective Actions for Nuclear Incidents. EPA revised this manual to incorporate the current health physics practice for dose units and to expand the applicability of the guidance to include nuclear incidents for both commercial and Federal facilities. The NRC agreed with EPA's recommendation to implement the manual revision concurrently with the revised Part 20 of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The original dates for implementing the revised Part 20 were January 1, 1993, for NRC licensees, and January 1, 1994, for Agreement States. On February 12, 1992, the Commission informed the NRC staff of its decision to delay the required implementation date of 10 CFR Part 20 for a period of 1 year to January 1, 1994. The staff has initiated the necessary rulemaking to reflect this delay. To be consistent with the change in the date for implementing 10 CFR Part 20, the addressees may delay for up to 1 year their implementation of the revision to EPA's Manual of Protective Action Guides and Protective 9205050256 . IN 92-38 May 12, 1992 Page 2 of 2 Actions for Nuclear Incidents. The Federal Emergency Management Agency agrees with the new date for implementing the revised EPA manual. This information notice requires no specific action or written response. If you have any questions about the information in this notice, please contact one of the technical contacts listed below, or the appropriate NRC project manager. Charles E. Rossi, Director Richard E. Cunningham, Director Division of Operational Events Assessment Division of Industrial and Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation Medical Nuclear Safety Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards Technical contacts: Aby Mohseni, NRR (301) 504-2925 Kevin M. Ramsey, NMSS (301) 504-2534 Attachments: 1. List of Recently Issued NRC Information Notices 2. List of Recently Issued NMSS Information Notices .
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