United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Environmental Assessment of Major Revision of 10 CFR Part 71, Final Rule (NUREG/CR-6711)

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Manuscript Completed: December 2003
Date Published: 2004

Prepared by:
D. Hammer, K. Blake

ICF Consulting, Inc.
9300 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22031-1207

N. Tanious, NRC Project Manager

Prepared for:
Division of Industrial and Medical Nuclear Safety
Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

NRC Job Code J5236

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Abstract

This report presents the environmental assessment of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC or Commission) rulemaking that modifies 10 CFR Part 71 requirements pertaining to the packaging and transport of radioactive materials, including fissile materials. The rulemaking is intended to: (1) harmonize transportation regulations found in 10 CFR Part 71 with the most recent transportation standards established by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) requirements at 49 CFR; and (2) address the Commission’s goals for risk-informed regulations and eliminating inconsistencies between Part 71 and other parts of 10 CFR. The purpose of this assessment is to evaluate the potential environmental, health, and safety impacts associated with the regulatory changes as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This report includes: (1) a summary of the findings, (2) a discussion of the regulatory options analyzed, (3) an assessment of the estimated values and impacts identified for each regulatory option, (4) a rationale for the determination of the preferred option, and (5) supplementary information and analyses used in the development of this report. Based on this analysis, none of the 19 potential changes evaluated are expected to result in significant environmental impact.

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