United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Nuclear Byproduct Material Risk Review (NUREG-1712, Final Report)

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Publication Information

Manuscript Completed: February 2000
Date Published: April 2000

Prepared by:
D. Serig, J. Lubinski, E. Ullrich, J. Randall, N. Daugherty*

*State of Colorado
Department of Public Health and Environment
8100 Lowry Boulevard
Denver, CO 80220-6928

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

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Abstract

This project responded to NRC's Direction Setting Issue 12, Risk-Informed, Performance-Based Regulation. Its scope was limited to nuclear byproduct materials as defined in Section 1 1.e(l) of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 and Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Section 30.4. 10 CFR Parts 30 through 36 and 39 address regulation of those materials. The goal was to confirm and augment information on nuclear byproduct material systems obtained from other sources. The process involved (1) use of a list of nuclear byproduct material systems based on how the nuclear byproduct material was used, (2) a survey of NRC and Agreement State materials licensing and inspection personnel concerning typical annual doses to workers for the various systems, safety of each system under various conditions, the types and frequencies of incidents occurring at each system, definitions of safety, and opinions about the appropriate bases for regulatory decision making, and (3) summarization of the respondent's answers to those questions.

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