Physical Security Best Practices for the Protection of Risk-Significant Radioactive Material (NUREG-2166)

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Manuscript Completed: May 2014
Date Published:
May 2014

Prepared by:
A. Gaudreau1, P. Goldberg1, S. Hawkins1, J. Katanic1,
W. Lee1, G. Purdy2, D. White2, F. Pavlechko3, A. True3,
C. Gordon4, R. Ragland4, K. Lambert5, and J. Thompson6
1Office of Federal and State Materials and Environmental Management Programs
2Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response
3Office of Chief Human Capital Officer Training and Development
4Region I
5Region III
6Region IV

Duane White, NRC Project Manager

Office of Federal and State Materials and Environmental Management Programs
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

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This document provides guidance to U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) licensees or applicants on developing and implementing a physical protection program for the protection of risk-significant radioactive materials (e.g., category 1 and category 2 quantities of radioactive material). The intent of this information is to provide NRC licensees or applicants guidance with specific emphasis on physical security best practices. The approaches and methods in this document are not requirements; however, the NRC considers them to be acceptable for complying with the requirements in Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR) Part 37, "Physical Protection of Category 1 and Category 2 Quantities of Radioactive Material."

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