[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 14 (Friday, January 22, 2010)]
[Pages 3760-3761]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-1197]




Draft Regulatory Guide: Issuance, Availability

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of Issuance and Availability of Draft Regulatory Guide, 
DG-8037, Information Relevant to Ensuring that Occupational Radiation 
Exposures at Medical Institutions Will be as Low as is Reasonably 


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mohammad Saba, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory 
Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, telephone: (301) 251-7558 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, ``Information Relevant 
to Ensuring that Occupational Radiation Exposures at Medical 
Institutions Will be as Low as is Reasonably Achievable,'' is 
temporarily identified by its task number, DG-8037, which should be 
mentioned in all related correspondence. DG-8037 is a proposed Revision 
2 of Regulatory Guide 8.18, dated October 1982.
    This guide is directed specifically toward medical licensees and 
recommends methods that the staff of the NRC considers acceptable to 
maintain occupational exposures as low as is reasonably achievable 
(ALARA) in medical institutions. In a medical institution, certain 
persons other than employees are exposed to radiation from licensed 
radioactive material. These persons include visitors, as well as 
patients other than those being treated with radioactive material. This 
guide addresses the protection of these individuals. The content of 
this guide is also applicable to veterinary medical institutions, 
insofar as specific diagnostic or therapeutic procedures are performed. 
Similar protection practices are applicable for keeping employee and 
visitor exposures ALARA, whether the patients are animal or human.

II. Further Information

    The NRC staff is soliciting comments on DG-8037. Comments may be 
accompanied by relevant information or supporting data and should 
mention DG-8037 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).

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any one of the following methods. 
Please include Docket ID NRC-2010-0018 in the subject line of your 
comments. Comments submitted in writing or in electronic form will be 
posted on the NRC website and on the Federal rulemaking Web site 
Regulations.gov. 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 disclosed.
    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.
    Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and 
search for documents filed under Docket ID NRC-2010-0018. Address 
questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher 301-492-3668; e-mail 
[email protected].
    Mail comments to: Michael T. Lesar, Chief, Rulemaking and 
Directives Branch (RDB), Office of Administration, Mail Stop: TWB-05-
B01M, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, or 
by fax to RDB at (301) 492-3446.
    You can access publicly available documents related to this notice 
using the following methods:
    NRC's Public Document Room (PDR): The public may examine and have 
copied for a fee publicly available documents at the NRC's PDR, Room O1 
F21, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland.
    NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS): 
Publicly available documents created or received at the NRC are 
available electronically at the NRC's Electronic Reading Room at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. From this page, the public can gain 
entry into ADAMS, which provides text and image files of NRC's public 
documents. If you do not have access to ADAMS or if there are problems 
in accessing the documents located in ADAMS, contact the NRC's PDR 
reference staff at 1-800-397-4209, 301-415-4737, or by e-mail to 
[email protected]. DG-8037 is available electronically under ADAMS 
Accession Number ML091940170 . In addition, electronic copies of DG-
8037 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/.
    Federal Rulemaking Web site: Public comments and supporting 
materials related to this notice can be found at http://www.regulations.gov by searching on Docket ID: NRC-2010-0018.
    Requests for technical information about DG-8037 may be directed to 
the NRC contact, Mohammad Saba at (301) 251-7558 or e-mail to 
[email protected].
    Comments would be most helpful if received by March 19, 2010. 
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 
guides currently being developed or improvements in all published 
guides are encouraged at any time.

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    Regulatory guides are not copyrighted, and Commission approval is 
not required to reproduce them.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 12th day of January 2010.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Andrea D. Valentin,
Chief, Regulatory Guide Development Branch, Division of Engineering, 
Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research.
[FR Doc. 2010-1197 Filed 1-21-10; 8:45 am]