May 20, 2013
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NRC Amends Security Requirements for Spent Nuclear Fuel in Transit
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is amending its security regulations for the transport of spent nuclear fuel.
amendments establish generically applicable security requirements
similar to current measures imposed by the agency in Orders to licensees
following the terrorist attacks of September 2001. The amendments
establish acceptable performance standards and objectives for the
protection of spent nuclear fuel shipments from theft, diversion, or
radiological sabotage. The changes were published today in the Federal Register.
of the measures imposed by Orders over the past several years are
protected as Safeguards Information. In general, the Orders resulted in
enhancements in the following areas: preplanning and coordination with
states and local law enforcement agencies; improved communications among
movement control personnel; requirement for armed escorts throughout
the shipment route; the development of normal and contingency response
procedures; and more thorough background investigations of individuals
associated with the shipment. The final rule addresses all of these
A proposed rule and draft guidance documents were
published Oct. 13, 2010, for public comment. The NRC received 17 comment
letters. Comments are addressed in the current Federal Register notice.
The final rule will be effective Aug. 19.