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Next Steps Toward Revising Radiation Protection Regulations

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C Flannery

C Flannery1*, (1) NRC, Rockville, MD

TH-E-105-1 Thursday 1:00PM - 1:55PM Room: 105

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is continuing the process of engaging stakeholders on issues associated with possible changes to the radiation protection regulations contained in 10 CFR Part 20, and other parts of the NRC regulations, to increase alignment with international recommendations. The Commission is particularly seeking to explore implications, as appropriate and where scientifically justified, of greater alignment with ICRP Publication 103. Other information from national and international sources is also being considered. Given that the NRC regulations provide adequate protection, the discussion has been focusing on discerning the benefits and burdens associated with revising the radiation protection regulatory framework. The NRC staff provided the Commission with recommendations in April, 2012, SECY-12-006, and the Commission provided direction to the NRC staff in December, 2012, SRM-SECY-12-0064. Issues of particular interest within the medical community include the use of updated scientific methodologies and terminology, the occupational dose limits including the limits for the lens of the eye, ALARA and alternative approaches to deal with individual protection at or near the current dose limit, use of SI units, and reporting requirements.

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will become familiar with key radiation protection regulation and guidance changes that are under consideration.
2. Participants will provide feedback on proposed approaches to presenters.
3. Participants will be prepared to facilitate engagement of their facility and colleagues in the ongoing dialogue about changes.


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