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Federal Update – NRC. National Radiological Emergency Preparedness Conference April 2013 Mark Thaggard, Acting Director Division of Preparedness and Response U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Topics. New Chairman New EP Rule Implementations NUREG-0654 Decommissioning Reactors

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Federal update nrc

Federal Update – NRC

National Radiological Emergency Preparedness Conference

April 2013

Mark Thaggard, Acting Director

Division of Preparedness and Response

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission


Topics

Topics

  • New Chairman

  • New EP Rule Implementations

  • NUREG-0654

  • Decommissioning Reactors

  • Waste Confidence


New chairman

New Chairman

Dr. Allison M. Mcfarlane sworn in as Chairman 7/9/2012

Term expires 6/30/2013

Expert on nuclear waste issues

PhD in Geology from MIT

Previously Associate Professor at George Mason University


New ep rule

New EP Rule

Staffing analysis

Due in December 2012

Ensure adequate staffing particularly during hostile action event

ETE updates

Due in December 2012

Supports new PAR strategy

Must wait 180-days before using and submitting to State

NRC currently completing “completeness” review

HAB Exercise

Part of requirement for more challenging exercises

Shouldn’t be confused with FoF exercise

Must be completed by end of 2015

Will initiate new 8-year exercise cycle.


Nureg 0654 fema rep 1

NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1


Nureg 0654 fema rep 11

NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Public meetings

    • KC, MO – Aug. 2012

    • Rockville, MD – Sept 2012

    • NEMA – Oct 2012

    • RIC – Mar 2013

  • Regulations.gov (Docket no. FEMA-2012-0026)


  • Nureg 0654 fema rep 1 feedback

    Revision should focus on technical basis, such as dose estimate and making the modeling more realistic

    Spent fuel pools/storage health and safety needs to be addressed

    Emergency planning zone (EPZ) size needs to be increased

    Revision should include broad enough language in order to maintain flexibility for incorporating new technology

    Time limits should be removed so that reasonable protective action recommendations (PARs) can be created

    Concerns that first responders may abandon their responsibilities in the face of a radiological emergency

    Offsite response organizations (OROs) are requesting to be part of the revision/writing team, similar to what was done in the 1990’s during program strategic reviews

    NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1 -Feedback


    Decommissioning reactors

    Decommissioning Reactors

    • Recent decommissioning activities for two plants

      • Crystal Rivers 3

      • Kewaunee

    • Cost considerations

      • CR3 needed repairs to containment dome

    • Exemption required before changes are made to EP

      • Exercise may still have to be conducted

      • Three approaches: DECON, SAFESTORE, or ENTOMBMENT


    Waste confidence

    Waste Confidence

    • Waste confidence decision - Generic determination the spent nuclear fuel can be safely stored without environmental impacts.

    • Support NEPA analysis for certain licensing actions (e.g., new reactors)

    • June 2012 DC Circuit Court rule WC Decision did not satisfy NEPA requirements

    • Commission has suspended all licensing decisions that relies on WC

    • New WC Decision expected in fall of 2014


    For more information

    For More Information

    Mark Thaggard

    301-415-1086

    [email protected]


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