Society News Archive

3 June 2013
Potential Rulemaking to Address Prompt Remediation of Residual Radioactivity During the Operational Phase of Licensed Material Sites and Nuclear Reactors

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is seeking input from the public, licensees, Agreement States, non-Agreement States, and other stakeholders on a potential rulemaking to address prompt remediation of residual radioactivity during the operational phase of licensed material sites and nuclear reactors. Currently, NRC has no regulations that require licensees to promptly remediate radiological contamination (but they can exert lots of pressure to remediate based on other regulations or license conditions, e.g. loss of control of radioactive material and dose rates to the public). To enhance stakeholder engagement in finalizing a regulatory basis as a precursor to a proposed rule, the NRC staff developed a revised Draft Regulatory Basis (ML13109A281) to facilitate discussion with, and to solicit input from, interested stakeholders. More information can be found in the Federal Register (

To facilitate the understanding of the public and other stakeholders of these issues and the submission of comments, the NRC staff has scheduled a public Webinar for Tuesday 4 June 2013, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EDT). Webinar participants will be able to view the presentation slides prepared by the NRC and electronically submit comments over the Internet. Participants must register to participate in the Webinar.