[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 181 (Monday, September 21, 2009)]
[Pages 48105-48106]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-22603]




Withdrawal of Regulatory Guide 7.2

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Withdrawal of Regulatory Guide 7.2


Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, telephone: 301-251-
7447 or e-mail to [email protected].


I. Introduction

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is withdrawing 
Regulatory Guide (RG) 7.2, ``Packaging and Transportation of 
Radioactively Contaminated Biological Materials.'' Regulatory Guide 7.2 
was published in June 1974. It provides guidance on meeting the 
Department of Transportation (DOT) requirements for Type A shipments of 
radioactively contaminated biological materials. It also recommends 
appropriate packaging and limits on the radioactive contents for any 
single package of this type of material, marking and labeling of 
packages, and limitations on storage of the packaged material before, 
during, and after transport. The NRC is withdrawing RG 7.2 because the 
guidance it provides is outdated.
    The regulations for transport of hazardous materials are currently 
in 49 CFR Part 173 Subpart I. The DOT's

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regulations have been revised several times since RG 7.2 was issued. 
However, neither RG 7.2 nor the American National Standards Institute 
(ANSI) guidance was revised to keep current with the changing 
regulations. The ANSI guidance referenced in this RG, which was issued 
as Standard N14.3-1973, ``Packaging and Transportation of Radioactively 
Contaminated Biological Materials'' by the N14.3 subcommittee, has been 

II. Further Information

    The withdrawal of RG 7.2 does not alter any prior or existing 
licensing commitments based on its use. The guidance provided in this 
regulatory guide is neither necessary nor current. Regulatory guides 
may be withdrawn when their guidance is superseded by congressional 
action or no longer provides useful information.
    Regulatory guides are available for inspection or downloading 
through the NRC's public Web site under ``Regulatory Guides'' in the 
NRC's Electronic Reading Room at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections. Regulatory guides are also available for inspection at the 
NRC's Public Document Room (PDR), Room O-1 F21, One White Flint North, 
11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852-2738. The PDR's mailing 
address is US NRC PDR, Washington, DC 20555-0001. You can reach the PDR 
staff by telephone at 301-415-4737 or 800-397-4209, 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 14th day of September, 2009.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Andrea D. Valentin,
Chief, Regulatory Guide Development Branch, Division of Engineering, 
Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research.
[FR Doc. E9-22603 Filed 9-18-09; 8:45 am]