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Criteria for Preparation and Evaluation of Radiological Emergency Response Plans and Preparedness in Support of Nuclear Power Plants: Guidance for Protective Action Recommendations for General Emergencies (NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1, Supplement 3, Revision 1, SAND2010-0293, Draft Report for Comment)

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Publication Information

Manuscript Completed: February 2010
Date Published: March 2010

Prepared by: R. Sullivan, J. Jones1, and F. Walton1

1Sandia National Laboratories
P.O. Box 5800
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185-0748
Operated by Sandia Corporation
for the U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
Under Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL85000

R. Sullivan, NRC Technical Lead

Prepared for:
Division of Preparedness and Response
Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

Federal Emergency Management Agency
Washington, DC 20472

Availability Notice


The guidance in this updated Supplement 3 to Revision 1 of NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1, “Criteria for Preparation and Evaluation of Radiological Emergency Response Plans and Preparedness in Support of Nuclear Power Plants,” supersedes previous guidance on the development of protective action recommendation (PAR) logic for nuclear power plant accidents. The guidance suggests that nuclear power plant licensees and the offsite response organizations (OROs) responsible for implementing protective actions discuss and agree to various elements and criteria of the PAR logic diagram contained in the attachment to this supplement. This diagram should be used to develop a site-specific PAR logic diagram for use by the licensee’s emergency response organization. The NRC expects that nuclear power plant licensees will develop PAR procedures that embody ORO input at the various decision points as identified in the guidance, and that such input will guide criteria used in the PAR logic diagram.  This supplement also provides guidance regarding consideration of precautionary protective actions, assessment of wind persistence, determination of PARs for rapidly progressing release scenarios, and termination of protective actions.  The appendix to this supplement provides information and guidance regarding effective communication with the public to support emergency preparedness and response.

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