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Consolidated Guidance About Materials Licenses: Program-Specific Guidance About Self-Shielded Irradiator Licenses (NUREG-1556, Volume 5)

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Manuscript Completed: October 1998
Date Published:
October 1998

Prepared by:
P.C. Vacca, D.J. Collins, M.W. Mitchell, W.H. Radcliffe, M.E. Schwartz

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

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As part of its redesign of the materials licensing process, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is consolidating and updating numerous guidance documents into a single comprehensive repository as described in NUREG-1539, "Methodology and Findings of the NRC's Materials Licensing Process Redesign," dated April 1996, and draft NUREG-1541, "Process and Design for Consolidating and Updating Materials Licensing Guidance," dated April 1996. NUREG - 1556, Vol. 5, "Consolidated Guidance about Materials Licenses: Program-Specific Guidance about Self-Shielded Irradiator Licenses," dated October 1998, is the fifth program-specific guidance developed for the new process and is intended for use by applicants, licensees, and NRC staff and will also be available to Agreement States. This document supersedes the guidance found in Regulatory Guide (RG) 10.9, Revision (Rev.) 1, "Guide for the Preparation of Applications for Licenses for the Use of Self-Contained Dry Source-Storage Gamma Irradiators," dated December 1988, and in NMSS Policy and Guidance Directive (P&GD) FC 84-16, Rev. 1, "Standard Review Plan for Applications for Use of Self-Contained Dry Source-Storage Gamma Irradiators," dated January 26, 1989. This final report takes a more risk-informed, performance-based approach to licensing self-shielded irradiators, and reduces the information (amount and level of detail) needed to support an application to use these devices. It incorporates suggestions received during the comment period on draft NUREG-1556, Vol. 5. When published, this final report should be used in preparing self-shielded irradiator license applications. NRC staff will use this final report in reviewing these applications.

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