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Summary and Analysis of Public Comments Received on Proposed Revisions to 10 CFR Part 26 – Fitness for Duty Programs – Comments received between August 26, 2005 and May 10, 2007 (NUREG-1912)

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Manuscript Completed: September 2009
Date Published: December 2010

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Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

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Abstract

On August 26, 2005, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published proposed amendments to the NRC's regulations for Fitness for Duty (FFD) programs in the Federal Register for public comment. The proposed amendments would have revised and updated the FFD regulations that the NRC established in 1989, and would, among other things, have required nuclear power plant licensees and other entities to strengthen the effectiveness of their FFD programs in controlling the use of substances that may affect the trustworthiness, reliability, and performance of workers and to limit worker fatigue by establishing clear and enforceable fatigue management requirements. They also would have increased consistency with other Federal rules and guidelines and with the NRC's access authorization requirements. This report provides a detailed summary of the public comments on the proposed amendments received by the NRC and provides the NRC’s resolution of the issues raised by those comments.

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