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Public Release of Guidelines for Unclassified Controlled Nuclear Information

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Public Release of Guidelines for Unclassified Controlled Nuclear Information

Table of Contents

Specifically
Background
Benefits
Who Are the Key Stakeholders?
Contact
Questions and Answers

The Department of Energy has determined that Headquarters guidelines for Unclassified Controlled Nuclear Information can be publicly released. Copies of the guidelines are being released today. Today's release of the guidelines are a result of public requests.

Specifically

Background

Benefits

Who Are the Key Stakeholders?

Contact

U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Public Affairs
Contact: Sam Grizzle
(202) 586-5806


U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the Press Secretary, Washington, DC 20585


QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Q. Why weren't the guidelines released in the past?

A. There are legal precedents in case law for withholding such guidelines. In the past, it was the Department of Energy's policy to withhold such guidelines because it was felt their release could assist potential malefactors in circumventing the intent of the Atomic Energy Act by deducing what had been deleted as Unclassified Controlled Nuclear Information in publicly released documents. This possibility is now seen as being remote. Under Secretary O'Leary's Openness Initiative, the public benefit from access exceeds the security benefit gained from continuing to withhold these guidelines.

Q. Are there any other Unclassified Controlled Nuclear Information guidelines still being withheld?

A. Some classification guides also contain Unclassified Controlled Nuclear Information guidance. These are still being withheld. In addition, some Unclassified Controlled Nuclear Information guidelines are still being withheld pending further review of the potential for damage since such guidance is more specific, and as a result may be more sensitive.

Q. Whom should I contact if I have questions or comments on these Unclassified Controlled Nuclear Information guidelines or the program in general?

A. U.S. Department of Energy
Attn: A. Bryan Siebert
NN-52/GTN
Washington, D.C. 20585


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