United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

CRGR Charter

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the current CRGR Charter, Revision 9, in June 2018. In particular, this revision includes various major process changes and establishes some new CRGR roles and responsibilities:

  • The EDO will continue to appoint the CRGR Chairman and members.  The Committee will have one member each from the Offices of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, Nuclear Regulatory Research (RES), New Reactors, Nuclear Security and Incident Response, Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards (NMSS), and General Counsel (OGC) and one of the regions on a rotational basis.  The CRGR Chairman will report directly to the EDO about CRGR activities.  New CRGR members will be appointed as the need arises.  RES will continue to provide the CRGR with technical and administrative support. 

  • Except for proposed generic requirements that become immediately effective (e.g., those requiring immediate action by the licensing office because they may involve adequate protection issues), the CRGR will continue to review selected nuclear materials items at the recommendation of the Director of NMSS, or at the EDO's request.  The CRGR will also continue to review new and revised power-reactor-related regulatory requirements, generic correspondence, and regulatory guidance, as well as selected NRC staff guidance related to licensing, inspection, assessment, and enforcement that could impose a backfit to new and operating reactors.  Rulemakings will only be reviewed at the request of the proposing office, based on the criteria and guidance provided in Appendix D to the "Committee to Review Generic Requirements Procedures and Internal Administrative Process" or as directed by the EDO. 

  • The CRGR will continue to review the NRC's administrative backfit controls to determine whether they are sufficient and whether the staff guidance is comprehensive and clear.

  • The program offices and regional management will continue to ensure that the staff follows the agency's backfit procedures and will maintain a backfit point of contact who will be responsible for the respective office or regional procedures and processes specific to relevant backfit activities.

  • As part of the committee's responsibility for monitoring the overall effectiveness of NRC's generic backfit management process, CRGR members will continue to engage licensees in matters of backfitting while visiting nuclear power reactors and nuclear materials facilities and will hold meetings with stakeholders as appropriate.

  • This charter revision clarifies and formalizes the process for requests regarding CRGR engagement from external stakeholders to address an unresolved backfitting claim raised during document development for new or revised requirements.  This excludes the rulemaking's public comment phase, as a review process already exists for the stakeholders to raise backfit issues.  In this review process, the CRGR will first engage the staff before holding any potential public meetings with external stakeholders.

  • The charter includes additional text to highlight the new Commission guidance on compliance, adequate protection, and the use of general design criteria in backfitting.  Additional clarification has been provided for the review of staff proposed relaxations.

  • The CRGR Charter was revised to clarify the CRGR's role in reviewing facility-specific backfitting positions, as well as generic backfitting.

  • The CRGR procedures clarify the committee's review processes and meeting documentation (minutes), and the charter now requires the inclusion of formal comments of a minority opinion or disagreement. 

  • The CRGR may now review rulemaking in the early phase of its development per SECY-15-0129, "Commission Involvement in Early Stages of Rulemaking," October 19, 2015 (ADAMS Accession No. ML15267A759).  To facilitate this review, Appendix D to the "Committee to Review Generic Requirements Procedures and Internal Administrative Process" includes new criteria and guidance to enable the staff to decide when to request CRGR rulemaking review.

  • The CRGR review types were changed from "informal" or "formal" review to the review "categories" of Routine Review (Category 1), Complex Review (Category 2), and Complex Review with External Participation (Category 3).  The new Category 3 review facilitates more openness and transparency, as it provides the industry with an opportunity to discuss backfitting concerns with the CRGR.

  • A new internal CRGR SharePoint Backfit Knowledge Management Community of Practice portal in SharePoint has been created to provide current and relevant knowledge management material.

  • The new Appendix E to the "Committee to Review Generic Requirements Procedures and Internal Administrative Process" describes each review "category," and the new Appendices G, H, and I describe the procedure for each category.

  • Appendix J to the "Committee to Review Generic Requirements Procedures and Internal Administrative Process" clarifies which agency guidance, positions, and documents that require CRGR review or can be reviewed by request. 

  • The CRGR will continue to perform special tasks at the EDO's request.

For more information, Contact Us About The Committee To Review Generic Requirements (CRGR).

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Page Last Reviewed/Updated Tuesday, September 18, 2018