[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 54 (Monday, March 22, 2010)]
[Page 13599]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-6196]




Draft Regulatory Guide: Issuance, Availability

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of issuance and availability of Draft Regulatory Guide, 
DG-8040, ``Health Physics Surveys During Enriched Uranium-235 
Processing and Fuel Fabrication.''


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tyrone Naquin, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory 
Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, telephone: (301) 492-3187 or e-
mail [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) is temporarily identified by its 
task number, DG-8040, which should be mentioned in all related 
correspondence. DG-8040 is proposed Revision 2 of Regulatory Guide 
8.24, dated October 1979. This guide specifies the types and 
frequencies of surveys that are acceptable to the staff of the NRC for 
the protection of workers in plants licensed by the NRC to process 
enriched uranium and fabricate uranium fuel.
    Title 10, Section 20.1501(a), of the Code of Federal Regulations 
(10 CFR 20.1501(a)) requires that each licensee make or cause to be 
made such surveys as may be necessary for it to comply with the 
regulations in that part. As used in 10 CFR Part 20, ``Standards for 
Protection Against Radiation,'' the term ``survey'' refers to an 
evaluation of the radiation hazards incident to the production, use, 
release, disposal, or presence of radioactive materials or other 
sources of radiation under a specific set of conditions.
    This guide does not relate to the processing of uranium-233, nor 
does it deal specifically with the following aspects of an acceptable 
occupational health physics program that are closely related to 
surveys: (1) The number and qualification of the health physics staff, 
(2) instrumentation, including types, numbers of instruments, 
limitations of use, accuracy, and calibration, (3) personnel dosimetry, 
and (4) bioassay. Guidance on bioassay for uranium appears in 
Regulatory Guide 8.11, ``Applications of Bioassay for Uranium.''

II. Further Information

    The NRC staff is soliciting comments on DG-8040. Comments may be 
accompanied by relevant information or supporting data and should 
mention DG-8040 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).
    Comments would be most helpful if received by May 3, 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.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any one of the following methods. 
Please include Docket ID NRC-2010-0115 in the subject line of your 
comments. Comments submitted in writing or in electronic form will be 
posted on the NRC Web site 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-2010-0115. 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-8040 is available electronically under ADAMS 
Accession Number ML092150040. In addition, electronic copies of DG-8040 
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-2010-0115.
    Regulatory guides are not copyrighted, and Commission approval is 
not required to reproduce them.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 10th day of March 2010.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Andrea D. Valentin,
Chief, Regulatory Guide Development Branch, Division of Engineering, 
Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research.
[FR Doc. 2010-6196 Filed 3-19-10; 8:45 am]