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FERC Issues Order on Proposed Clarification Regarding Application of CIP Reliability Standards to Nuclear Facilities

On September 18, 2008, FERC issued an order proposing to clarify that the facilities within a nuclear generating plant that are not regulated by the NRC are subject to compliance with the eight mandatory Reliability Standards for Critical Infrastructure Protection that were approved in Order No. 706.  In its explanation, FERC indicated its understanding that NRC does not regulate all facilities within a nuclear plant, and proposes to close this "gap" in the regulatory process.  Comments on FERC’s proposed clarification are due within 30 days of Federal Register notice.  To read FERC’s summary fact sheet on the proposed clarification, click here.  To read FERC’s order on proposed clarification in its entirety, click here.