United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

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Nuclear Reactors COVID-19 Activities:
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Guidance for Resident Inspectors

The NRC places the health and safety of our employees as a top priority. With that in mind, we provided guidance to our resident inspectors during this time so that they can protect their own health and safety, support the nation’s efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, and provide onsite NRC inspection when needed.

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  • The NRC continues to have a modified onsite inspection presence at operating reactors to protect the health of inspectors and site personnel, while maintaining oversight that supports reasonable assurance of adequate protection of public health and safety.

  • Inspectors are able to maintain awareness of unit safety performance such as plant conditions and planned activities (e.g., outage work, maintenance activities) from the resident and regional inspectors’ remote work locations via remote access to licensee databases and communications between inspectors and licensee personnel.

  • The Reactor Oversight Program provides flexibility in adjusting the baseline inspection program as needed to focus on safety significant issues during this Coronavirus Disease 2019 Public Health Emergency.

  • The NRC is implementing this guidance to ensure oversight is maintained and to ensure inspectors are prepared to respond quickly if a safety or security event develops.

Related Communication

  • May 28, 2020 Guidance for Resident Inspectors – "Inspection Guidance During Transition From COVID-19 Mandatory Telework" – The purpose of this memorandum is to provide guidance for the regional offices to increase the level of Reactor Oversight Process (ROP) inspection activities as COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease across the country. This memorandum supplements the April 6, 2020, memorandum, "Updated Implementation of Resident Inspector Site Coverage During COVID-19."

  • April 6, 2020 Guidance for Resident Inspectors – "Updated Implementation of Resident Inspector Site Coverage During COVID-19" – This memorandum provides guidance on resident office site coverage and baseline inspection during maximum teleworking for COVID-19. The purpose of this guidance remains to protect the health of inspectors and site personnel, while maintaining oversight that supports reasonable assurance of adequate protection of public health and safety.

  • March 27, 2020 Inspection Manual Chapter 2515, Appendix E – "PANDEMICS, EPIDEMICS, AND OTHER WIDESPREAD ILLNESSES OR DISEASES" – This inspection manual chapter provides inspection guidance for modifying the baseline inspection program in the event of a pandemic, epidemic, or other widespread illnesses or diseases.

  • May 25, 2010 Regulatory Information Summary (RIS 2010-04) – "Monitoring the Status of Regulated Activities during a Pandemic" – During a pandemic, the NRC is interested in maintaining situational awareness of the status of its regulated activities and requests that licensees voluntarily inform the staff of any potential impacts on those activities.

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Page Last Reviewed/Updated Monday, June 01, 2020