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US Nuclear Regulation with enhanced public participation

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Abstract

Judging from recent years, the public in the United States can be expected to respond to an actively participate in the regulatory proposals concerning radioactivity-especially those regulations that may affect the environment. The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has responded to regulatory activism from a spectrum of interests, including citizens` groups and environmentalists, as well as industry and professional societies by enhancing participation from interested persons and organizations. Public, political, and legal opposition mounted against an NRC policy that stated that a radiation dose less than 100 {mu}Sv/a, and hence, corresponding levels of radioactivity were so low that they were ``below regulatory concern``, (BRC). The NRC did not implement the policy and eventually withdrew it. However, this experience stimulated the NRC to actively seek a broad spectrum of viewpoints and comments for the early and continued development of a controversial regulation on decommissioning criteria for lands and structures. This solicitation has led to a process that has increased the ability for the public, interested organizations, and local and state governments to provide early comment through public workshop meetings and easier access to information on the development of the regulation. As a result of these interactions, new concepts have been considered  More>>
Authors:
Meck, R A; Cameron, F; Cool, D; Weber, M [1] 
  1. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC (United States). Div. of Regulatory Applications
Publication Date:
Jul 01, 1995
Product Type:
Conference
Report Number:
IAEA-TECDOC-807; CONF-9311144-
Reference Number:
SCA: 290600; 210700; PA: AIX-26:064047; EDB-95:129553; ERA-20:026218; SN: 95001458163
Resource Relation:
Conference: International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) specialists meeting on experience in the application of exemption principles, Vienna (Austria), 1-5 Nov 1993; Other Information: PBD: Jul 1995; Related Information: Is Part Of Experience in the application of exemption principles. Proceedings of a specialists meeting held in Vienna, 2-4 November 1993; PB: 237 p.
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING AND POLICY; 21 NUCLEAR POWER REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; US NRC; PUBLIC POLICY; DECOMMISSIONING; PUBLIC OPINION; PUBLIC RELATIONS; REGULATIONS
OSTI ID:
100522
Research Organizations:
International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna (Austria)
Country of Origin:
IAEA
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Journal ID: ISSN 1011-4289; Other: ON: DE95634722; TRN: XA9539855064047
Availability:
INIS; OSTI as DE95634722
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
pp. 229-234
Announcement Date:
Jan 16, 2004

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Citation Formats

Meck, R A, Cameron, F, Cool, D, and Weber, M. US Nuclear Regulation with enhanced public participation. IAEA: N. p., 1995. Web.
Meck, R A, Cameron, F, Cool, D, & Weber, M. US Nuclear Regulation with enhanced public participation. IAEA.
Meck, R A, Cameron, F, Cool, D, and Weber, M. 1995. "US Nuclear Regulation with enhanced public participation." IAEA.
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title = {US Nuclear Regulation with enhanced public participation}
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abstractNote = {Judging from recent years, the public in the United States can be expected to respond to an actively participate in the regulatory proposals concerning radioactivity-especially those regulations that may affect the environment. The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has responded to regulatory activism from a spectrum of interests, including citizens` groups and environmentalists, as well as industry and professional societies by enhancing participation from interested persons and organizations. Public, political, and legal opposition mounted against an NRC policy that stated that a radiation dose less than 100 {mu}Sv/a, and hence, corresponding levels of radioactivity were so low that they were ``below regulatory concern``, (BRC). The NRC did not implement the policy and eventually withdrew it. However, this experience stimulated the NRC to actively seek a broad spectrum of viewpoints and comments for the early and continued development of a controversial regulation on decommissioning criteria for lands and structures. This solicitation has led to a process that has increased the ability for the public, interested organizations, and local and state governments to provide early comment through public workshop meetings and easier access to information on the development of the regulation. As a result of these interactions, new concepts have been considered in the development of the regulation. Examples of concepts from the workshops are: the possibility of restricted release as well as unrestricted release; and the role of a site-specific advisory board in decommissioning. (author).}
place = {IAEA}
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