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NRC Issues Proposed Rule on Expanded Definition of Byproduct Material

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued a proposed rule on the Requirements for Expanded Definition of Byproduct Material for public comment. The definition of byproduct material is being expanded to include discreet sources of radium-226, accelerator-produced materials, and certain naturally occurring radioactive materials other than radium-226. This expanded definition is required by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to give regulatory responsibility for these materials to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Previously, these materials were the regulatory responsibility of the individual states.

The NRC also issued a press release in which it described the background for the rule making and announced there will be a public meeting on August 22 to receive comments from the public.

As part of the public comment process, the NRC plans to hold a transcribed public meeting to solicit comments on the proposed rule. The meeting is open to the public, and all interested parties may attend. The meeting will be held at the NRC's William Oldstead High-Level Waste Hearing Facility in Las Vegas, Nevada. During the comment period, comments may also be mailed to the NRC or submitted via fax or e-mail.

DATES: August 22, 2006, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (PT) in Las Vegas, NV. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the NRC's William Oldstead High-Level Waste Hearing Facility-Pacific Enterprise Plaza, Building No. 1, 3250 Pepper Lane, Las Vegas, Nevada 89120.

If you have questions or comments, please contact Lynne Fairobent, AAPM's Manager of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs at lynne@aapm.org.