[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 132 (Monday, July 11, 2011)]
[Page 40755]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-17308]




Impact of Reduced Dose Limits on NRC Licensed Activities; 
Solicitation of Public Comment

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Solicitation of public comment.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or Commission) is 
seeking public comment on NUREG/CR-6112, ``Impact of Reduced Dose 
Limits on NRC Licensed Activities,'' published in May 1995 (ADAMS 
Accession No. ML110960355). This document is being revised to support 
the technical basis development for possible changes to NRC's radiation 
protection regulations, as appropriate and where scientifically 
justified, to achieve greater alignment with the 2007 recommendations 
of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) 
contained in ICRP Publication 103.

DATES: Comments must be filed no later than August 19, 2011. Comments 
received after this date will be considered, if it is practical to do 
so, but the Commission is able to ensure consideration only for 
comments received on or before this date.

ADDRESSES: Please include Docket ID NRC-2009-0279 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, http://www.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. You may submit comments by any one of the following 
     Federal Rulemaking Web Site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for documents filed under Docket ID NRC-
2009-0279. Address questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher, 
telephone: 301-492-3668; e-mail: [email protected].
     Mail comments to: Cindy Bladey, Chief, Rules, 
Announcements, and Directives Branch (RADB), Office of Administration, 
Mail Stop: TWB-05-B01M, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, 
DC 20555-0001.
     Fax comments to: RADB 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, O1-F21, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, 
Maryland 20852.
     NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System 
(ADAMS): Publicly available documents created or received at the NRC 
are available online in the NRC Library 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 the 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]. 
NUREG/CR-6112, ``Impact of Reduced Dose Limits on NRC Licensed 
Activities,'' published in May 1995, is available electronically under 
ADAMS Accession No. ML110960355.
    Background: As part of the technical basis development, the Office 
of Nuclear Regulatory Research (RES) staff entered into a contract with 
Sandy Cohen & Associates (SC&A) to revise NUREG/CR-6112. The revision 
of this document would include updated information regarding potential 
impacts, burdens, and benefits of reduced occupational limits on NRC- 
and Agreement State-licensed activities.
    Discussion: The Commission believes that the current NRC regulatory 
framework continues to provide adequate protection of health and safety 
of workers, the public, and the environment. To ensure that NRC is well 
informed of all the benefits and burdens associated with further 
alignment of NRC's current radiation protection regulations with ICRP 
Publication 103, NRC is seeking input from stakeholders and interested 
parties on NUREG/CR-6112. Specifically, public comments should address 
impacts to NRC- and Agreement State-licensed activities regarding: (1) 
Changes to the current occupational dose limit of 50 mSv/yr (5 rem/yr); 
(2) changes to the current dose limit for declared pregnant workers of 
5 mSv (0.50 rem); (3) an increase or decrease in collective worker dose 
(person-mSv); (4) the need for expanded exposure control efforts; and 
(5) economic costs that may be incurred to achieve compliance with 
potential reduced occupational dose limits. Stakeholders and interested 
parties also may provide comments on other options, issues, or 
information for NRC's consideration. The NRC staff and SC&A will use 
this feedback in developing the revised NUREG/CR-6112 report.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 29th day of June 2011.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Terry Brock,
Acting Branch Chief, Division of Systems Analysis, Office of Nuclear 
Regulatory Research.
[FR Doc. 2011-17308 Filed 7-8-11; 8:45 am]