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Information Notice No. 93-60: Reporting Fuel Cycle and Materials Events to the NRC Operations Center
UNITED STATES NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION OFFICE OF NUCLEAR MATERIAL SAFETY AND SAFEGUARDS WASHINGTON, D.C. 20555 August 4, 1993 NRC INFORMATION NOTICE 93-60: REPORTING FUEL CYCLE AND MATERIALS EVENTS TO THE NRC OPERATIONS center Addressees All fuel cycle and materials licensees. Purpose The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is issuing this information notice to alert addressees to recent problems with personnel reporting safety-related events to the NRC Operations Center that are not prepared to provide necessary information. It is expected that recipients will review the information for applicability to their facilities and consider actions, as appropriate, to avoid similar problems. However, suggestions contained in this information notice are not NRC requirements; therefore, no specific action nor written response is required. Description of Circumstances Changes to the incident reporting requirements in 10 CFR Parts 30, 40, and 70 (56 FR 40757), and the emphasis on criticality safety controls (NRC Bulletin 91-01) have increased the number of event reports to the NRC Operations Center from fuel cycle and materials licensees. This is in addition to the numerous reports made by reactor licensees pursuant to 10 CFR Part 50. The Headquarters Operations Officers (HOOs) who receive reports at the NRC Operations Center are responsible for documenting each report and determining whether the immediate attention of the NRC technical staff is required. In several cases, callers have not been prepared to answer HOO questions about the facility or the event. Discussion HOOs are engineers who have received extensive training in emergency response procedures and reactor operations, but they are not familiar with every facility licensed by NRC. Therefore, licensees should avoid industry jargon and technical terms (beyond generally accepted engineering terms) when reporting events to the NRC Operations Center. Personnel reporting events should be prepared to answer questions about licensee operations, equipment functions, and the safety significance of events to workers and the public. Licensees may wish to verify that personnel responsible for reporting events are properly trained and sufficiently knowledgeable of licensee operations to explain the events completely and correctly. 9307290112. IN 93-60 August 4, 1993 Page 2 of 2 Personnel reporting events should be prepared to answer questions similar to the following: 1. What type of facility (or operation) is involved? 2. What chemical process or physical operations are involved? 3. What is the chemical form and physical form of the material involved? 4. At what point in the process did the event occur? 5. What is the safety significance of the event? 6. Have releases occurred and are future releases possible? 7. What safety systems (including safeguards systems) are affected? 8. What corrective actions are being taken? NRC has developed forms to help HOOs document safety-related event reports. An example of the form for fuel cycle and materials incidents is attached for your information. This information notice requires no specific action nor 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 regional office. ORIGINAL SIGNED BY Robert F. Burnett, Director Carl J. Paperiello, Director Division of Fuel Cycle Safety Division of Industrial and and Safeguards Medical Nuclear Safety Office of Nuclear Material Safety Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards and Safeguards Technical contacts: Kevin M. Ramsey, NMSS (301) 504-2534 C. N. (Mike) Smith, NMSS (301) 504-3497 Attachments: 1. Fuel Cycle and Materials Event Notification Worksheet 2. List of Recently Issued NMSS Information Notices 3. List of Recently Issued NRC Information Notices .
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