[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 102 (Tuesday, May 28, 2013)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 31821-31822]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-12600]



10 CFR Part 73

[NRC-2010-0340; NRC-2009-0163]
RIN 3150-AI64

Physical Protection of Shipments of Irradiated Reactor Fuel

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: NUREG; issuance.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing 
Revision 2 of NUREG-0561, ``Physical Protection of Shipments of 
Irradiated Reactor Fuel.'' This revised document sets forth means, 
methods, and procedures that the NRC staff considers acceptable for 
satisfying the requirements for the physical protection of spent 
nuclear fuel (SNF) during transportation by road, rail, and water; and 
for satisfying the requirements for background investigations of 
individuals granted unescorted access to SNF during transportation.

DATES: Revision 2 of NUREG-0561 is effective on August 19, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2010-0340 when contacting the 
NRC about the availability of information regarding this document. You 
may access information related to this document, which the NRC 
possesses and is publicly available, using any of the following 
     Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2010-0340. Address 
questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301-492-
3668; email: [email protected]. For technical questions, contact 
the individuals listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section 
of this document.
     NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System 
(ADAMS): You may access publicly available documents online in the NRC 
Library 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 [email protected]. The ADAMS Accession number 
for Revision 2 of NUREG-0561 is ML13120A230.
     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.
     NRC's Public Web site: Go to http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/ and search for NUREG-0561 under ``NUREG-Series 
    The NRC's NUREGs are not copyrighted, and NRC approval is not 
required to reproduce them.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: R. Clyde Ragland, Office of Nuclear 
Security and Incident Response, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 
Washington, DC 20555-0001; telephone: 301-415-7008; or email: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The NRC published a final rule in the 
Federal Register on May 20, 2013 (78 FR 29519) (RIN 3150-AI64), that 
amended its security regulations for the transport of irradiated 
reactor fuel at Sec.  73.37 of Title 10 of the Code of Federal 

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(10 CFR), ``Requirements for Physical Protection of Irradiated Reactor 
Fuel in Transit,'' and added a new Sec.  73.38, ``Personnel Access 
Authorization Requirements for Irradiated Reactor Fuel in Transit.'' 
The final rule will be effective on August 19, 2013. Documents related 
to the final rule can be found at http://www.regulations.gov by 
searching on Docket ID NRC-2009-0163.
    Guidance to a licensee or applicant for implementation of 
Sec. Sec.  73.37 and 73.38 is provided in Revision 2 of NUREG-0561. 
This NUREG is intended for use by applicants, licensees, and NRC staff. 
Specifically, NUREG-0561 describes methods acceptable to the NRC staff 
for implementing the requirements in Sec. Sec.  73.37 and 73.38. 
Methods and solutions different from those described in the document 
are acceptable if they meet the requirements in Sec. Sec.  73.37 and 
73.38, as applicable.
    Draft Revision 2 of NUREG-0561 was made available for public 
comment on November 3, 2010 (75 FR 67636). The NRC received comments 
from eight commenters during the comment period. Two of the commenters 
requested extensions to the comment period and one supported the 
proposed rule and the revisions to the NUREG. The other five commenters 
requested clarification and/or changes, but the requested 
clarifications/changes related to the proposed rule, not the NUREG. 
Those comments requesting changes to the rule language were also 
submitted during the proposed rule comment period and were addressed in 
the final rule.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 20th day of May, 2013.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Michael E. Rodriguez,
Acting Chief, Fuel Cycle and Transportation Security Branch, Division 
of Security Policy, Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response.
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