United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Quality Assurance Inspections for Shipping and Storage Containers (NUREG/CR-6314, INEL-95/0061)

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Publication Information

Manuscript Completed: March 1996
Date Published:
April 1996

Prepared by:
H.M. Stromberg, G.D. Roberts, J.H. Bryce

Risk & Reliability Assessment Department
Idaho National Engineering Laboratory
Lockheed Idaho Technologies Company
P.O. Box 1625
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83415-3850

D.G. Reid, NRC Technical Monitor

Prepared for:
Spent Fuel Project Office
Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards
Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

NRC Job Code L1179

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Abstract

This document is a guide for conducting quality assurance inspections of transportation packaging and dry spent fuel storage system suppliers. Suppliers are defined as designers, fabricators, distributors, users, or owners of transportation packagings and dry storage systems for radioactive materials. This document may be used during an inspection to determine regulatory compliance with Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 71, Subpart H; Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 72, Subpart G; Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 21; and supplier's quality assurance program commitments. This guide was developed to provide a structured and consistent approach to inspections. The guidance described in this document provides a framework for the evaluation of transportation packaging and dry spent fuel storage systems quality assurance programs. Inspectors are provided with the flexibility to adapt the methods and concepts to meet the inspection requirements for the particular facility. The method used in this document treats each activity at a facility as a separate performance element, and combines the activities within the framework of an "inspection tree." The method separates each performance element into several areas for inspection and identifies guidelines, based on regulatory requirements, to qualitatively evaluate each area. This document also serves as a field manual to facilitate the quality assurance inspection activities. This document replaces an earlier document, NUREG/CR-5717, "Packaging Supplier Inspection Guide." NUREG/CR-5717 contains a methodology for the quality assurance inspection activities of transportation packagings. This replacement document enhances the inspection activities for transportation packagings, and adds the dry spent fuel storage system quality assurance inspection activities.

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