NRC Issues Notice of Public Meeting and Request for Comments on Radiation Protection Regulations and Guidance

September 27, 2010

NRC Issues Notice of Public Meeting and Request for Comments on Radiation Protection Regulations and Guidance

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has announced that it is conducting a series of public meetings, in the format of facilitated roundtable workshops, to solicit early public input on major issues associated with potential updates to NRC’s radiation protection regulations and guidance in light of recommendations presented in the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) Publication 103 (2007). To aid in that process, the NRC is requesting comments on the issues discussed in the September 27, 2010 Federal Register notice. The NRC has not initiated rulemaking on this subject, and is seeking early input and views on the benefits and impacts of options to be considered before making any decision on whether to proceed with a rulemaking. Each meeting will include a panel of participants, selected in a convening process to represent the diversity of stakeholders for these issues, including the various uses of radioactive materials licensed by the NRC. In addition to the panel, the NRC is encouraging observation and participation by all interested individuals. The meeting agenda will specifically include opportunities for viewpoints to be expressed from individuals in attendance who are not members of the panel. The NRC plans to transcribe the meetings.

Comments on this notice should be submitted by January 31, 2011.

Public Meeting Dates: The NRC will take public comments on the issues raised in this notice at a series of three 2-day public meetings that will be held during the weeks of October 25, 2010 (Washington, DC); November 1, 2010 (Los Angeles, California) and November 8, 2010 (Houston, Texas). The meeting in Washington DC will also include a third day of discussions, focused more specifically on the issues associated with power reactor licensees, as described in Section IV of the notice. Specific locations and dates will be announced on the NRC public Web site at http://www.nrc.gov/public-involve/public-meetings/index.cfm.