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Rules on Packaging and Transport of Radioactive Materials Proposed for Update

Thursday, May 16, 2013
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is accepting comments through July 30 on a proposed rule that would amend its regulations on the packaging and transportation of radioactive material. These amendments would conform NRC regulations to revisions to the International Atomic Energy Agency regulations for the international transportation of radioactive material and maintain consistency with Department of Transportation regulations.

According to the NRC, the proposed rule would make the regulation of quality assurance programs more efficient by (a) allowing changes that do not alter quality assurance approval holder commitments to be made without prior NRC approval and (b) extending the duration of quality assurance program approvals. These changes would clarify the responsibilities of general licensees and further limit the shipping of fissile material under a general license.

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