Information Notice No. 89-37:Proposed Amendments to 40 CFR Part 61, Air Emission Standards for Radionuclides
NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION
OFFICE OF NUCLEAR MATERIAL SAFETY AND SAFEGUARDS
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20555
April 4, 1989
Information Notice No. 89-37: PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO 40 CFR PART 61,
AIR EMISSION STANDARDS FOR RADIONUCLIDES
All U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) licensees.
This information notice is provided to inform licensees that the Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) has published a proposed rule (53 FR 9612) to amend
the air emission standards for radionuclides in 40 CFR Part 61. Licensees may
wish to review this information for applicability to their programs,
distribute the notice to responsible radiation safety staff, and consider
actions, if appro-priate, to assess the impact of the proposed rule on licensee
operations and the need for comments to EPA. However, suggestions contained
in this infor-mation notice do not constitute new NRC requirements, and no
written response is required.
Description of Circumstances:
On March 7, 1989, a proposed rule on radionuclide emissions under the
authority of the Clean Air Act was published on the Federal Register, Vol. 54,
No. 43, pp. 9612 to 9668. NRC licensees constitute one category of sources
covered by the proposed rule. A copy of that portion of the statement of
considerations dealing with NRC-licensed, Agreement State-licensed, and
non-DOE Federal faci-lities (including fuel cycle facilities) is provided as
Attachment 1 of this information notice. The proposed rule also sets
standards for mill tailings sites.
Comments on the proposed rule must be received by EPA on or before May 15,
1989. Public hearings will be held in Washington, D.C. on April 10 and 11,
1989, and in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 13 and 14, 1989. Comments should be
submitted (in duplicate, if possible) to: Central Docket Section (A-130),
Environmental Protection Agency, Attn: Docket No. A-79-11, Washington, D.C.,
The Federal Register Notice discusses four approaches to establish a health
and safety standard for radionuclide air emissions. The final standard will
be determined after public comments have been considered. Proposed procedures
for determining compliance may require historical meteorological data,
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sampling, and use of computer codes developed by EPA. Licensees should
consider obtaining a complete copy of the proposed rule and assessing the
impact of en-suring compliance on their operations.
Licensee comments on the potential impact of the various options under consi-
deration and the methods for determining and demonstrating compliance would be
of use to EPA. For more information, contact: James M. Hardin,
Environmental Standards Branch, Criteria and Standards Division (ANR-460),
Office of Radiation Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, Washington,
D.C., 20460, (202) 475-9610.
No written response is required by this information notice. If you have any
questions about this matter, please contact the appropriate NRC Regional
Offices or this office.
Richard E. Cunningham, Director
Division of Industrial and
Medical Nuclear Safety, NMSS
Technical Contact: Kevin M. Ramsey, NMSS
1. Pages 9628-9632 of 54 FR 9612
2. List of Recently Issued NMSS Information Notices
3. List of Recently Issued NRC Information Notices
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LIST OF RECENTLY ISSUED
NRC INFORMATION NOTICES
Information Date of
Notice No._____Subject_______________________Issuance_______Issued to________
89-36 Excessive Temperatures 4/4/89 All holders of OLs
in Emergency Core Cooling or CPs for nuclear
System Piping Located power reactors.
88-86, Operating with Multiple 3/31/89 All holders of OLs
Supp. 1 Grounds in Direct Current or CPs for nuclear
Distribution Systems power reactors.
89-35 Loss and Theft of Un- 3/30/89 All U.S. NRC
secured Licensed Material byproduct, source
89-34 Disposal of Americium 3/30/89 All holders of an
Well-Logging Sources NRC specific
89-33 Potential Failure of 3/23/89 All holders of OLs
Westinghouse Steam or CPs for PWRs.
89-32 Surveillance Testing 3/23/89 All holders of OLs
of Low-Temperature or CPs for PWRs.
89-31 Swelling and Cracking 3/22/89 All holders of OLs
of Hafnium Control Rods or CPs for PWRs
89-30 High Temperature 3/15/89 All holders of OLs
Environments at or CPs for nuclear
Nuclear Power Plants power reactors.
89-29 Potential Failure of 3/15/89 All holders of OLs
ASEA Brown Boveri or CPs for nuclear
Circuit Breakers power reactors.
During Seismic Event
OL = Operating License
CP = Construction Permit
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