Tuesday, June 26, 2012
NEI has sent the NRC information on the industry’s Severe Accident Management Guidelines (SAMGs) for managing extreme events at nuclear power plants, in response to the agency’s advance notice of proposed rulemaking for emergency response capabilities.
As part of its implementation of lessons learned from the Fukushima accident, the NRC is seeking to establish regulatory controls for the industry SAMGs, which now are voluntary. The NRC also is seeking information on how SAMGs are integrated with other emergency response procedures.
“The NRC rule on onsite emergency response has the potential to place voluntary SAMGs under NRC oversight, formalizing industry practices already in place at the country’s operating nuclear power plants,” said Biff Bradley, director of risk assessment at NEI.
In a June 18 letter, the industry proposed that the NRC “develop a high-level rule specifying necessary attributes of onsite emergency preparedness.” At the same time, the industry would develop guidance for a draft NRC Regulatory Guide to accompany the rule.
Posted by Michele Kearney at 1:06 PM