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NRC Releases Regulatory Issue Summary Related to Regulatory Requirements for Withholding of Proprietary Information from Public Disclosure

The NRC has issued a regulatory issue summary, RIS 2014-03 (dated March 13, 2014), “Notice of 10 CFR Part 37 Implementation Deadline for NRC Licensees,” to remind addressees that the new Part 37 of Title 10 of the CFR, “Physical Protection of Category 1 and Category 2 Quantities of Radioactive Material” has a compliance date of March 19, 2014 and to identify sources of reference information available to assist in compliance . This RIS requires no action or written response on the part of an addressee.

In a final rule published in the Federal Register on March 19, 2013, the NRC added a new Part 37 to its regulations, and made conforming changes to other parts of NRC regulations regarding radioactive materials. The new regulation, which became effective on May 20, 2013, establishes physical security requirements for the possession and use of Category 1 and Category 2 quantities of radioactive material. The NRC considers Category 1 and Category 2 quantities of radioactive material to be risk significant. These requirements are in addition to existing physical security requirements for special nuclear material in 10 CFR Part 73, “Physical Protection of Plants and Materials”, and also apply to shipments of small amounts of irradiated reactor fuel.

For RIS 2014-03, click here.