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UNITED STATES NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION OFFICE OF NUCLEAR MATERIAL SAFETY AND SAFEGUARDS WASHINGTON, D.C. 20555 October 8, 1993 Information Notice No. 93-80: IMPLEMENTATION OF THE REVISED 10 CFR PART 20 Addressees All byproduct, source, and special nuclear material licensees. Purpose The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is issuing this information notice to emphasize the upcoming deadline for implementation of the revised 10 CFR Part 20 and to encourage licensees to prepare for the revised Part 20 immediately. PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOUR MANAGEMENT AND RADIATION SAFETY STAFF, SUCH AS RADIATION SAFETY OFFICER AND RADIATION SAFETY COMMITTEE MEMBERS, REVIEW THIS DOCUMENT. It is expected that licensees will review this information for applicability to their operation, distribute it to appropriate staff, and consider actions to prepare for, and incorporate, these changes. However, suggestions contained in this information notice are not new NRC requirements; therefore, no specific action nor written response is required. Description of Circumstances The revised Part 20, "Standards for Protection Against Radiation," becomes effective for all NRC licensees on January 1, 1994. In recent meetings NRC has held with byproduct material licensees, NRC has become aware that some licensees are not knowledgeable about and have done little, if anything, to prepare for the revised Part 20, even though the implementation date is less than 3 months away. On January 1, 1994, NRC will begin inspecting against and enforcing the regulations in the revised Part 20 for all licensees. Discussion Licensees who have not yet prepared to implement the revised Part 20 regulations are late. Licensees who are not even knowledgeable about the new regulations will have difficulty in meeting the January 1, 1994, implementation date and risk being out of compliance with the regulations once they become effective for all licensees. All NRC licensees should be taking action as soon as possible to develop procedures for implementing the revised Part 20. 9310040360. IN 93-80 October 8, 1993 Page 2 of 2 The final rule for the revised Part 20 was published in the Federal Register on May 21, 1991 (56 FR 23360), with an original implementation date of January 1, 1993. Subsequently, the implementation date was extended to January 1, 1994 (57 FR 38588). Licensees were sent copies of the new regulations and were informed of the revised Part 20 in an information notice (IN 93-03). Licensees have had over 2 years to prepare for the new regulations. The revised Part 20 makes fundamental changes in the standards for protection against radiation. These changes require corresponding changes in licensees' radiation protection programs. Licensees who are just now beginning to look at the new regulations and consider their impact are sorely behind in preparing for implementation. If licensees find themselves in this situation, NRC encourages them to immediately review the regulations, associated regulatory guides, and related guidance documents, and begin to prepare to implement the revised Part 20. Copies of the revised Part 20 and the regulatory guides may be obtained in accordance with the directions in Attachment 1. 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. /s/'d by Carl J. Paperiello Carl J. Paperiello, Director Division of Industrial and Medical Nuclear Safety Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards Technical contacts: Cynthia G. Jones, NMSS (301) 504-2629 Joseph E. DeCicco, NMSS (301) 504-2067 Catherine T. Haney, NMSS (301) 504-2628 Scott W. Moore, NMSS (301) 504-2514 Sami Sherbini, NMSS (301) 504-3680 Attachments: 1. Addresses for Obtaining Part 20 Documents 2. List of Recently Issued NMSS Information Notices 3. List of Recently Issued NRC Information Notices .
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