Summary and Categorization of Public Comments on the Major Revision of 10 CFR Part 71 (NUREG/CR-6712)

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Manuscript Completed: February 2001
Date Published: April 2002

Prepared by:
D. Hammer, K. Blake, L. Massar, S. Matheson, E. Piendak

ICF Consulting, Inc.
9300 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22031-1207

N. Tanious, NRC Project Manager

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Division of Industrial and Medical Nuclear Safety
Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

NRC Job Code J5236

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This report presents, in digest form, all comments the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) received on its issues paper to modify 10 CFR Part 71 requirements pertaining to the packaging and transport of radioactive materials, including fissile materials. NRC first published the issues paper in the Federal Register (65 FR 44360) on July 17, 2000. The NRC proposed rulemaking is intended to: (1) harmonize transportation regulations found in 10 CFR Part 71 with the most recent transportation standards established by the International Atomic Energy Agency, and the U.S. Department of Transportation's requirements at 49 CFR; and (2) address the Commission's goals for risk-informed regulations and eliminating inconsistencies between Part 71 and other parts of 10 CFR. As part of its enhanced public participatory process, NRC invited written comments on the issues paper, established an interactive web site, and held public meetings during August and September 2000 in Oakland, CA; Atlanta, GA; and Rockville, MD. Extensive and wide-ranging comments were received from almost 100 members of the public and industry at these public meetings and during the 75-day public comment period. (All comments received after the comment period ended were included in both the decision-making process and this digest.) This report synthesizes those comments into a publicly accessible digest form without analyzing or otherwise responding to the comments. The issues paper is included in this report as an Appendix.

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