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Regulations, Guidance, and Communications

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Regulations

NRC's regulations are found in Chapter I of Title 10, "Energy," of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Chapter I is divided into Parts 1 through 199. The following regulations are most applicable to safeguards:

  • Part 11 - Criteria and Procedures for Determining Eligibility for Access to or Control Over Special Nuclear Material
  • Part 25 - Access Authorization for Licensee Personnel
  • Part 26 - Fitness for Duty
  • Part 37 - Physical Protection of Category 1 and Category 2 Quantities of Radioactive Material
  • Part 70.51 - Material balance, inventory, and records requirements
  • Part 73 - Physical Protection of Plants and Materials
  • Part 74 - Material Control and Accounting of Special Nuclear Material
  • Part 76 - Certification of Gaseous Diffusion Plants
  • Part 95 - Facility Security Clearance and Safeguards of National Security Information and Restricted Data

Through NRC's Rulemaking-RuleForum, you may view and comment on proposed rulemakings and petitions for rulemaking. You may view final rules at this site for 90 days after they are published in the Federal Register.

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Guidance

Regulatory guides are issued in 10 divisions and are intended to aid licensees in implementing regulations. A complete list of guides most applicable to safeguards are in Division 5, Material and Plant Protection.

Web (HTML) versions of some regulatory guides are available for viewing or downloading. Those available are highlighted in blue in the index to our Regulatory Guides Document Collection. All active final and draft guides are also available in NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS).

LISTING BY SUBJECT
The following lists regulatory guidance documents under physical protection subjects or topics. Note that some regulatory guides are labeled Official Use Only-Security Related Information, Safeguards Information, or Classified. Any Regulatory Guidance labeled with of these markings will not be listed. This list has been compiled, in part based on NUREG/BR-0252.

Security Organization

Training and Qualification of Security Personnel at Nuclear Power Reactor Facilities
Training, Equipping; and Qualifying of Guards and Watchmen
Plant Security Force Duties

Barriers and Designated Areas

General Use of Locks in the Protection and Control of Facilities and Special Nuclear Material

Access Controls, Subsystems, and Procedures

Special Nuclear Material Control and Accounting Systems for Nuclear Power Plants
Entry/Exit Control for Protected Areas, Vital Areas, and Material Access Areas, Rev. 1

Detection, Surveillance, and Alarm Subsystems

Special Nuclear Material Doorway Monitors
Perimeter Intrusion Alarm Systems, Rev. 3

Contingency Response Plans and Procedures

Reporting of Physical Security Events, Rev. 1

Transportation

Specially Designed Vehicle with Armed Guards for Road Shipment of Special Nuclear Material, Rev. 1
Shipping and Receiving Control of Strategic Special Nuclear Material, Rev. 1
Physical Protection for Transient Shipments

Evaluation Criteria/Standard Format and Content Guides

Standard Format and Content of a Licensee Physical Protection Plan for Strategic Special Nuclear Material at Fixed sites (Other Than Nuclear Power Plants), Rev. 3
Standard Format and Content of Safeguards Contingency Plans for Fuel Cycle Facilities
Standard Format and Content of Safeguards Contingency Plans for Transportation
Standard Format and Content for Licensee Physical Security Plans for the Protection of Special Nuclear Material of Moderate of Low Strategic Significance, Rev. 1
Standard Format and Content of a Licensee Physical Protection Plan for Strategic Special Nuclear Material in Transit
Intent and Scope of the Physical Protection Upgrade Rule Requirements for Fixed Sites

Personnel Security/Fitness for Duty

Guidance for Implementation of 10 CFR 50.59, Changes, Tests, and Experiments
Access Authorization Program for Nuclear Power Plants
Fatigue Management for Nuclear Power Plant Personnel
Managing the Safety/Security Interface
Fitness-For-Duty Programs at Nuclear Reactor Construction Sites
Insider Mitigation Program

Cyber Security

Cyber Security Programs for Nuclear Facilities
Cyber Security Event Notifications

Other reference documents that may be useful to licensees and other stakeholders are:

Physical Protection

  • NUREG-0908
Acceptance Criteria for the Evaluation of Power Reactor Security Plans
  • NUREG-1322
Acceptance Criteria for the Evaluation of Category I Fuel Cycle Facility Physical Security Plans
  • NUREG-1456
An Alternative Format for Category I Fuel Cycle Facility Physical Protection Plans
Behavioral Observation Program – Best Practices
Characterizing Explosive Effects on Underground Structures
Implementation Guidance for 10 CFR part 37, Physical Protection of Category 1 and 2 Quantities of Radioactive Material
Intrusion Detection Systems and Subsystems: Technical Information for NRC Licensees
Nuclear Power Plant Security Assessment Format and Content Guide
  • NUREG-1504
Review Criteria for the Physical Fitness Training Requirements in 10 CFR Part 73
Secure Network Design
Standard Review Plan for Physical Protection Plans for the Independent Storage of Spent Fuel and High-Level Radioactive Waste
The U.S. NRC Cyber Security Framework for Nuclear Power Reactors

Material Control and Accounting

Category I SNM – Standard Format and Content Acceptance Criteria for the Material Control and Accounting (MC&A) Reform Amendment
Category III SNM – Acceptable Standard Format and Content for the Fundamental Nuclear Material Control Plan Required for Low-Enriched Uranium Facilities
DFC Acceptable Standard Format and Content for the Material Control and Accounting Plan Required for Special Nuclear Material of Low Strategic Significance (Draft)
DFC Acceptable Standard Format and Content for the Material Control and Accounting Plan Required for Strategic Special Nuclear Material (Draft)
Enrichment facilities - Recommendations to the NRC on Acceptable Standard Format and Content for the Fundamental Nuclear Material Control (FNMC) Plan Required for Low-Enriched Uranium Enrichment Facilities
Errata for Instructions for the Preparation and Distribution of Material Status Reports (DOE/NRC Forms 742 and 742C)
Instructions for Completing Nuclear Material Transfer Reports (DOE/NRC Forms 741 and 740M)
Instructions for the Preparation and Distribution of Material Status Reports (DOE/NRC Forms 742 and 742C)
Recommendations to the NRC on Acceptable Standard Format and Content for FNMC Plan Required for Low-Enriched Uranium Enrichment Facilities

NEI Documents

Endorsed

Security Frequently Asked Question Process

Acceptable for Use

Cyber Security Plan for Nuclear Power Reactors
Guidance for Submitting Security Plan Changes
Regulatory Assessment Performance Indicator Guideline

Web (HTML) versions of some guidance documents are available in NRC Formal Publication Collection. Some are also are available in ADAMS (see our table listing for their availability).

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Communications

Generic communications are NRC's primary method of sending information to specific classes of licensees. There are several types:

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Page Last Reviewed/Updated Tuesday, November 29, 2016