Security Requirements for Radiological Sabotage

Docket ID: NRC-2009-0558
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)

The staff is currently evaluating the scope and timing of this rulemaking due to expressed commercial interest in establishing consolidated interim spent fuel storage facilities.

The proposed rule would amend the Commission's regulations to revise the existing security requirements that apply during the storage of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) at an independent spent fuel storage installation (ISFSI), and during the storage of SNF and high-level waste at a Monitored Retrievable Storage Installation (MRS). This rule would require conforming changes to the ISFSI and MRS licensing requirements. The specific objectives of this rule are to update the ISFSI security requirements to improve the consistency and clarification of the security requirements for both types of ISFSI licensees (i.e., general and specific); make generically applicable requirements similar to those imposed on ISFSI licensees by the post September 11, 2001, security orders; and use a risk-informed, performance-based structure in ISFSI and MRS security regulations.  This rulemaking would also address Issue 11 of PRM 72-6 filed by Ms. Sandra Gavutis, Executive Director for C-10 Research and Education Foundation Inc.  Issue 11 requested that the NRC require Hardened On-Site Storage at all nuclear power plants as well as away-from-reactor dry cask storage sites; and that all nuclear industry interim on-site or off-site dry cask storage installations or ISFSIs be fortified against terrorist attack.  In addition, the petitioner requested that all sites should be safeguarded against accident and age-related leakage.

RIN: 3150-AI78
Impacts and Effects: None
CFR Citation: 10 CFR 72; 10 CFR 73
Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant
UA and Regulatory Plan Information open glossary dialog  
Publication Period: Fall 2015
Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: PreRule
Major Rule: Undetermined
Legal Authorities: 42 U.S.C. 2201; 42 U.S.C. 5841
Legal Deadlines: None
Government Levels Affected: No
Unfunded Mandates: No
Requires Regulatory Flexibility Analysis: No
Small Entities Affected: No
International Impacts: No
Included in Regulatory Plan: No
ActionDateFR Citation
Regulatory Basis12/00/2015
Docket Details open glossary dialog  
Related RINs: None
Related Dockets: None
Keyword(s): HLW, SNF, 10 CFR Part 72, 10 CFR Part 73
Type: Rulemaking

Primary Documents

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Comment Period Closed
Jan 31, 2010 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 12/16/2009
ID: NRC-2009-0558-0001
Comment Period Closed
Posted: 12/31/2013
ID: NRC-2009-0558-0021
Comments Not Accepted
Proposed Rule
Posted: 12/24/2013
ID: NRC-2009-0558-0020
Comment Period Closed
Posted: 11/02/2012
ID: NRC-2009-0558-0019
Comment Period Closed
Proposed Rule
Posted: 10/18/2012
ID: NRC-2009-0558-0018

Supporting Documents

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Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 07/07/2011
ID: NRC-2009-0558-0013
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 07/07/2011
ID: NRC-2009-0558-0014
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 04/27/2011
ID: NRC-2009-0558-0011


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Comments Received*
Regulatory Timeline
Pre Rule
Current Stage
Proposed Rule
Current Stage
Final Rule
Current Stage
Agency Contact
Keith McDaniel
301 415-5252
Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards
Washington, DC 20555-0001
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