In SRM-SECY-16-0009, "Recommendations Resulting from the Integrated Prioritization and Re-Baselining of Agency Activities" (ADAMS Accession No. ML16104A158), the Commission approved discontinuation of this activity. The NRC is no longer pursuing this rulemaking.
This rule would improve the clarity of part 21 while maintaining the original intent of the rule and minimizing changes to currently compliant programs. Since its inception in 1977, part 21 has presented compliance challenges to licensees, vendors, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has noted a high rate of repetitive inspection findings related to part 21, including commercial-grade dedication findings, despite the staff’s attempts to clarify requirements through generic communications and extensive outreach efforts. Recent part 21 exemption requests by nonreactor facilities further underscore the need to examine part 21. In 2010, the staff established an agency wide working group to further explore these inspection findings and identify part 21 potential areas for improvement.