[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 155 (Thursday, August 13, 2009)]
[Pages 40854-40855]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-19458]




Draft Regulatory Guide: Issuance, Availability

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of Issuance and Availability of Draft Regulatory Guide, 
DG-5029, ``Pressure-Sensitive and Tamper-Indicating Device Seals for 
Material Control and Accounting Use.''


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steven Ward, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory 
Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, telephone: (301) 492-3426 or e-
mail to [email protected].


I. Introduction

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing for public 
comment a draft guide in the agency's ``Regulatory Guide'' series. This 
series was developed to describe and make available to the public such 
information as methods that are acceptable to the NRC staff for 
implementing specific parts of the NRC'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.
    The draft regulatory guide (DG), entitled, ``Pressure-Sensitive and 
Tamper-Indicating Device Seals for Material Control and Accounting 
Use,'' is temporarily identified by its task number, DG-5029, which 
should be mentioned in all related correspondence. The NRC requires 
certain licensees to use tamper-indicating devices (TIDs) for material 
control and accounting (MC&A) and for physical security of special 
nuclear material (SNM). Title 10, part 70, ``Domestic Licensing of 
Special Nuclear Material,'' of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR 
part 70) requires, in part, that no person subject to the regulations 
in 10 CFR part 70 may receive title to, own, acquire, deliver, receive, 
possess, use, or transfer SNM, except as authorized in a license issued 
by the NRC.
    This regulatory guide (RG) replaces the existing RG 5.10, 
``Selection and Use of Pressure-Sensitive Seals on Containers for 
Onsite Storage of Special Nuclear Material,'' issued July 1973 and the 
existing RG 5.15, ``Tamper-Indicating Seals for the Protection and 
Control of Special Nuclear Material,'' issued March 1997, with a new 
title, ``Pressure-Sensitive and Tamper-Indicating Device Seals for MC&A 
Use.'' RG 5.10 refers to a pressure-sensitive (PS) seal that is no 
longer in general use and may no longer be commercially available. RG 
5.15 refers to tamper-indicating devices (TID) including PS seals. As a 
replacement, this guide describes a number of improved TIDs and PS 
seals developed in recent years primarily in response to commercial 
interests outside the nuclear industry.

II. Further Information

    The NRC staff is soliciting comments on DG-5029. Comments may be 
accompanied by relevant information or supporting data and should 
mention DG-5029 in the subject line. Comments submitted in writing or 
in electronic form will be made available to the public in their 
entirety through the NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management 
System (ADAMS).
    Because your comments will not be edited to remove any identifying 
or contact information, the NRC cautions you against including any 
information in your submission that you do not want to be publicly 
    The NRC requests that any party soliciting or aggregating comments 
received from other persons for submission to the NRC inform those 
persons that the NRC will not edit their comments to remove any 
identifying or contact information, and therefore, they should not 
include any information in their comments that they do not want 
publicly disclosed. You may submit comments by any of the following 
    1. Mail comments to: Rulemaking and Directives Branch, Mail Stop: 
TWB-05-B01M, Office of Administration, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory 
Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001.
    2. Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov 
and search for documents filed under Docket ID [NRC-2009-0353]. Address 
questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher, 301-492-3668; e-mail 
[email protected].
    3. Fax comments to: Rulemaking and Directives Branch, Office of 
Administration, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission at (301) 492-3446.
    Requests for technical information about DG-5029 may be directed to 
the NRC contact, Steven Ward at (301) 492-3426 or e-mail to 
[email protected].
    Comments would be most helpful if received by October 13, 2009. 
Comments received after that date will be considered if it is practical 
to do so, but the NRC is able to ensure consideration only for comments 
received on or before this date. Although a time limit is given, 
comments and suggestions in connection with items for inclusion in

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guides currently being developed or improvements in all published 
guides are encouraged at any time.
    Electronic copies of DG-5029 are available through the NRC's public 
Web site under Draft Regulatory Guides in the ``Regulatory Guides'' 
collection of the NRC's Electronic Reading Room at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/. Electronic copies are also available in 
ADAMS (http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html), under Accession No. 
    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, Maryland, this 6th day of August, 2009.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
John N. Ridgely,
Acting Chief, Regulatory Guide Development Branch, Division of 
Engineering, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research.
[FR Doc. E9-19458 Filed 8-12-09; 8:45 am]