[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 83 (Wednesday, April 29, 2020)]
[Page 23870]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-09053]




Plant Security Force Duties

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Regulatory guide; withdrawal.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is withdrawing 
Regulatory Guide (RG) 5.43, ``Plant Security Force Duties.'' RG 5.43 
was published in January 1975 to provide guidance to applicants and 
licensees subject to NRC regulations on the organization of plant 
security forces and the duties of guards, watchmen, and other 
individuals responsible for security, as described in their facilities' 
security plans. RG 5.43 is being withdrawn because it contains 
regulatory guidance that is out of date and is no longer the preferred 
method for these applicants and licensees to use to meet the 
requirements. Future applicants and licensees may use several other 
more relevant regulatory guidance documents to meet those regulatory 

DATES: The withdrawal of RG 5.43 takes effect on April 29, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2020-0087 when contacting the 
NRC about the availability of information regarding this document. You 
may obtain publicly-available information related to this document 
using any of the following methods:
     Federal Rulemaking website: Go to https://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2020-0087. Address 
questions about NRC docket IDs in regulations.gov to Jennifer Borges; 
telephone: 301-287-9127; email: [email protected]. For technical 
questions, contact the individuals listed in the FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document.
     NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System 
(ADAMS): You may obtain publicly-available documents online in the 
ADAMS Public Documents collection at https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. To begin the search, select ``Begin Web-based ADAMS 
Search.'' For problems with ADAMS, please contact the NRC's Public 
Document Room (PDR) reference staff at 1-800-397-4209, 301-415-4737, or 
by email to [email protected]. The ADAMS accession number for each 
document referenced (if it available in ADAMS) is provided the first 
time that a document is referenced. The basis for withdrawal of RG 5.43 
is available in ADAMS under Accession No. ML20048A081.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joseph Willis, Office of Nuclear 
Security Incident Response, telephone: 301-287-3667, email: 
[email protected], and Mekonen Bayssie, Office of Nuclear 
Regulatory Research, telephone: 301-415-1669, email: 
[email protected]. Both are staff of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory 
Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001.


I. Background

    The NRC is withdrawing RG 5.43, ``Plant Security Force Duties,'' 
because the guide no longer provides NRC staff-preferred methods for 
certain applicants and licensees to meet the NRC's regulatory 
requirements in section 73.50 of title 10 of the Code of Federal 
Regulations (CFR), ``Requirements for physical protection of licensed 
activities,'' and 73.60, ``Additional requirements for physical 
protection at nonpower reactors.'' Furthermore, the NRC staff has 
issued several other more relevant regulatory guidance documents that 
applicants and licensees may use to meet 10 CFR 73.50 and 73.60. The 
basis for withdrawal of RG 5.43 is available in ADAMS under Accession 
No. ML20048A081.

II. General Consideration

    The withdrawal of RG 5.43 does not alter any prior or existing NRC 
licensing approvals, or the acceptability of licensee commitments made 
regarding the withdrawn guidance. Although RG 5.43 is withdrawn, 
current licensees referencing this RG may continue to do so, and 
withdrawal does not affect any existing licenses or agreements. 
However, by withdrawing RG 5.43, the NRC no longer approves use of the 
guidance in future requests or applications for NRC licensing actions.

    Dated: April 23, 2020.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Thomas H. Boyce,
Chief, Regulatory Guidance and Generic Issues Branch, Division of 
Engineering, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research.
[FR Doc. 2020-09053 Filed 4-28-20; 8:45 am]