Remarks Presented (Questions/Answers Discussed) at Public Regional Meetings to Discuss Regulations (10 CFR Part 21) for Reporting of Defects and Noncompliance: July 12 - 26, 1977 (NUREG-0302, Revision 1)

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Manuscript Completed: September 1977
Date Published: October 1977

Office of Inspection and Enforcement
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

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In enacting the Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, Congress included Section 206 which requires the reporting of defects and noncompliances directly to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). This congressional action required that the NRC promulgate rules and regulations, as necessary, to assure appropriate implementation of Section 206. In response to this mandate, the NRC drafted a new regulation. Following a period of public comment and revision, the regulation identified as 10 CFR Part 21, Reporting Defects and Noncompliance, was published in a Federal Register Notice on June 6, 1977.

To assist NRC licensees and other firms and organizations covered by the new Part 21 regulation, public regional meetings were conducted by staff representatives to explain the rule. At these meetings the staff presented prepared remarks and answered questions on the meaning and application of the rule. Staff remarks contained in the original publication of this document were also provided to those in attendance. At each meeting the staff received a request for the questions and answers discussed by the staff to be made available for use as guidance by the nuclear industry covered by the rule. It was announced that a consolidation of the staff position question/answer guidance would be made available to each organization or firm attending these meetings and for others where a request is made in accordance with the directions printed inside the front cover of this document. The staff will be guided in its implementation and enforcement of Part 21 by the positions set forth in this document.

This revision of NUREG-0302 includes the following three parts relating to 10 CFR Part 21: 1) remarks presented by staff representatives; 2) Federal Register Notice material; and 3) a consolidation of questions and answers from the public regional meetings.

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