Transition Issues for NRC Regulation of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


M. Schoonover


Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) is a multi-program national laboratory managed and operated by the University of California under contract to the U.S. Department of Energy. The Radiation Protection Program at LBNL has been developed to be similar to that of a broad-scope, externally licensed academic/research facility with an authorization program for radiation uses and a Radiation Safety Committee that reviews radiation uses and oversees the program. During the pilot, the NRC performed a technical review of LBNL's Radiation Protection Program to compare it with NRC requirements and to determine whether the NRC could license LBNL. Although several issues were identified that must be resolved prior to licensing, the NRC concluded that LBNL's program was sufficient to protect public health and worker safety. No safety issues requiring immediate corrective actions were identified during the pilot period. Resolution of the issues and issuance of an NRC license was determined to be possible with procedure modifications.


This abstract was presented at the 32nd Annual Midyear Meeting, "Creation and Future Legacy of Stockpile Stewardship Isotope Production, Applications, and Consumption", External Regulation of DOE Facilities Session, 1/24/1999 - 1/27/1999, held in Albuquerque, NM.

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