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NRC OKs rule for packaging, transport of radioactive materials

NRC OKs rule for packaging, transport of radioactive materials

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved a final rule for the packaging and transporting of radioactive materials.
 
The current transportation rules are based, in part, on standards developed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The final rule makes several changes to improve consistency with IAEA standards and revises a fissile material exemption to further reduce the very low chance that uranium with very low enrichment could inadvertently begin a chain reaction. NRC is also changing requirements for quality assurance programs to make the commission’s oversight more efficient.
 
Other changes to the rule clarify the requirements for obtaining a general license, the responsibilities of general licensees, and the roles of applicants for a certificate of compliance, certificate holders, and users of certified transport packages.
 
The NRC updated its own regulations to be compatible with the IAEA’s 2009 standards and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s regulations. It published proposed changes to the rule for public comment in May 2013.
 
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