[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 59 (Thursday, March 27, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 17194-17195]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-06785]


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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[NRC-2011-0266]


Evaluations of Uranium Recovery Facility Surveys of Radon and 
Radon Progeny

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Revised draft interim staff guidance; request for comment.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff is issuing 
for public comment Interim Staff Guidance (ISG) FSME-ISG-01, 
``Evaluations of Uranium Recovery Facility Surveys of Radon and Radon 
Progeny in Air and Demonstrations of Compliance with 10 CFR 20.1301.'' 
This ISG provides guidance to the NRC staff for evaluating uranium 
recovery (UR) licensee demonstrations of compliance with the public 
dose limits.

DATES: Submit comments by May 27, 2014. Comments received after this 
date will be considered if it is practical to do so, but the Commission 
is able to ensure consideration only for comments received before this 
date.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods 
(unless this document describes a different method for submitting 
comments on a specific subject):
     Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2011-0266. Address 
questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301-287-
3422; email: Carol.Gallagher@nrc.gov. For technical questions, contact 
the individual(s) listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section 
of this document.
     Mail comments to: Cindy Bladey, Chief, Rules, 
Announcements, and Directives Branch (RADB), Office of Administration, 
Mail Stop: 3WFN-06-44M, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, 
DC 20555-0001.
    For additional direction on accessing information and submitting 
comments, see ``Accessing Information and Submitting Comments'' in the 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Duane Schmidt, Office of Federal and 
State Materials and Environmental Management Programs, telephone: 301-
415-6919; email: Duane.Schmidt@nrc.gov; U.S. Nuclear Regulatory 
Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Accessing Information and Submitting Comments

A. Accessing Information

    Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2011-0266 when contacting the NRC 
about the availability of information regarding this document. You may 
access publicly-available information related to this document by any 
of the following methods:
     Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2011-0266.
     NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System 
(ADAMS): You may access publicly available documents online in the 
ADAMS Public Documents collection at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. To begin the search, select ``ADAMS Public Documents'' and 
then select ``Begin Web-based ADAMS Search.'' For problems with ADAMS, 
please contact the NRC's Public Document Room (PDR) reference staff at 
1-800-397-4209, 301-415-4737, or by email to pdr.resource@nrc.gov. The 
revised draft ISG, FSME-ISG-01, ``Evaluations of Uranium Recovery 
Facility Surveys of Radon and Radon Progeny in Air and Demonstrations 
of Compliance with 10 CFR 20.1301,'' is available in ADAMS under 
accession no. ML13310A198. The initial version of the draft ISG is 
available in ADAMS under accession no. ML112720481.
     NRC's PDR: You may examine and purchase copies of public 
documents at the NRC's PDR, Room O1-F21, One White Flint North, 11555 
Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852.

B. Submitting Comments

    Please include Docket ID NRC-2011-0266 in the subject line of your 
comment submission, in order to ensure that the NRC is able to make 
your comment submission available to the public in this docket.
    The NRC cautions you not to include identifying or contact 
information that you do not want to be publicly disclosed in you 
comment submission. The NRC will post all comment submissions at http://www.regulations.gov as well as enter the comment submissions into 
ADAMS. The NRC does not routinely edit comment submissions to remove 
identifying or contact information.
    If you are requesting or aggregating comments from other persons 
for submission to the NRC, then you should inform those persons not to 
include identifying or contact information that they do not want to be 
publicly disclosed in their comment submission. Your request should 
state that the NRC does not routinely edit comment submissions to 
remove such information before making the comment submissions available 
to the public or entering the comment submissions into ADAMS.

II. Discussion

    Uranium recovery facility licensees, including in-situ recovery 
facilities and conventional uranium mills, are required to perform 
surveys of radiation levels in unrestricted and controlled areas, and 
to perform surveys of radioactive materials in effluents released to 
unrestricted and controlled

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areas to demonstrate compliance with the dose limits for individual 
members of the public provided in section 20.1301 of Title 10 of the 
Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR). The NRC regulations in 10 CFR 
20.1302 permit the use of alternative approaches to demonstrate 
compliance with the public dose limits.
    This ISG is being developed to document the criteria to be used by 
the NRC staff to review radon and radon progeny surveys and evaluations 
of dose to members of the public submitted by licensees under 10 CFR 
20.1302 to demonstrate compliance with the NRC public dose limits of 10 
CFR 20.1301. Specifically, when finalized, this ISG will provide 
guidance to the NRC staff for reviewing licensee evaluations of doses 
to members of the public from radon-222 and radon-222 progeny from UR 
facilities including: (1) Surveys of environmental and effluent radon 
and radon progeny in air; and (2) radon-related aspects of 
demonstrations of compliance with the NRC's public dose limits of 10 
CFR 20.1301. When finalized, this ISG may also be used by the NRC staff 
in evaluating portions of license applications, renewals, or amendments 
dealing with radon and radon progeny surveys and compliance. The NRC 
published an initial draft version of this ISG for public comment on 
November 21, 2011 (76 FR 72006). The NRC staff considered the public 
comments in preparing the revised draft report.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 20th day of March 2014.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Andrew Persinko,
Deputy Director, Decommissioning and Uranium Recovery Licensing 
Directorate, Division of Waste Management and Environmental Protection, 
Office of Federal and State Materials and Environmental Management 
Programs.
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