The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or the Commission) is amending its regulations to make requirements for distributors of byproduct material clearer, less prescriptive, and more risk-informed and up to date. The rulemaking also redefines some categories of devices to be used under exemption from licensing requirements, adds explicit provisions regarding the sealed source and device registration process, and adds flexibility to the licensing of users of sealed sources and devices. This action was primarily intended to make licensing processes more efficient and effective. These changes will affect manufacturers and distributors of sources and devices containing byproduct material and future users of some products currently used under a general or specific license. The NRC has prepared interim guidance to address implementation of the final regulations. This document announces the availability of the implementation guidance document for public comment.
Agency Contact: Shirley Xu, Office of Federal and State Materials and Environmental Management Programs, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, telephone: 301-415- 7640, email: Shirley.Xu@nrc.gov.
This is a proposed regulation. Comments were due on September 24, 2012.