[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 117 (Friday, June 19, 2009)]
[Pages 29243-29244]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-14422]




Final Regulatory Guide: Issuance, Availability

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of Issuance and Availability of Regulatory Guide (RG) 
1.21, Revision 2.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steven Garry, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory 
Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, telephone: (301) 415-2766 or e-
mail [email protected].


I. Introduction

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing a guide in 
the agency's ``Regulatory Guide'' series. This series was developed to 
describe and make available to the public information such as methods 
that are acceptable to the NRC staff for implementing specific parts of 
the agency's regulations, techniques that the staff uses in evaluating 
specific problems or postulated accidents, and data that the staff 
needs in its review of applications for permits and licenses.
    RG 1.21, Rev. 2, ``Measuring, Evaluating, and Reporting Radioactive 
Material in Liquid and Gaseous

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Effluents and Solid Waste,'' was issued with a temporary identification 
as Draft Regulatory Guide, DG-1186. This guide describes a method that 
the staff of the NRC considers acceptable for use in measuring, 
evaluating, and reporting plant-related radioactivity (excluding 
background radiation) in effluents and solid radioactive waste 
shipments. The regulatory guide also provides guidance on determining 
and reporting the public dose from nuclear power plant operations.
    This guide incorporates the risk-informed principles of the Reactor 
Oversight Process. A risk-informed, performance-based approach to 
regulatory decision-making combines the ``risk-informed'' and 
``performance-based'' elements discussed in the staff requirements 
memorandum on SECY-98-144, ``White Paper on Risk-Informed and 
Performance-Based Regulation,'' dated March 1, 1999.

II. Further Information

    In November 2008, DG-1186 was issued for public comment. The public 
comment period closed on January 30, 2009. The staff's responses to the 
public comments received are located in the NRC's Agencywide Documents 
Access and Management System under Accession Number ML091170117. 
Electronic copies of RG 1.21, Rev. 2 are available through the NRC's 
public Web site under ``Regulatory Guides'' at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/.
    In addition, regulatory guides are available for inspection at the 
NRC's Public Document Room (PDR) located at 11555 Rockville Pike, 
Rockville, Maryland. The PDR's mailing address is USNRC PDR, 
Washington, DC 20555-0001. The PDR can also be reached by telephone at 
(301) 415-4737 or (800) 397-4205, by fax at (301) 415-3548, and by e-
mail to [email protected].
    Regulatory guides are not copyrighted, and Commission approval is 
not required to reproduce them.

    Dated at Rockville, MD, this 10th day of June 2009.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
R.A. Jervey,
Acting Chief, Regulatory Guide Development Branch, Division of 
Engineering, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research.
[FR Doc. E9-14422 Filed 6-18-09; 8:45 am]