Temporary Radioactive Material Regulatory Relief
[39 Pa.B. 5503]
[Saturday, September 19, 2009]
Pennsylvania is a U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Agreement State and has incorporated by reference many NRC regulations. The NRC has issued an ''Exemption from 10 CFR Part 32 and 10 CFR Part 35 requirements on procurement and transfer for technetium-99m, and calibration of instrumentation using technetium-99m.'' Details of the exemption are available electronically at the NRC's Electronic Reading Room at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. From this site, the public can gain entry into the NRC Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS), which provides text and image files of NRC's public documents. The ADAMS accession number for the exemption is ML091960585.
The Department of Environmental Protection (Department), Bureau of Radiation Protection, concurs with this exemption while there is a shortage of technetium-99m. Pennsylvania licensees should monitor the Pennsylvania Bulletin and the Department's web site for additional related information in the future.
Technetium-99m is a radioactive material that is used in approximately 16 million nuclear medicine procedures each year in the United States. The procedures include: detection and staging of cancer; detection of heart disease; detection of thyroid disease; study of brain and kidney function; and imaging of stress fractures. In addition to pinpointing the underlying cause of disease, physicians can see how disease is affecting other functions in the body.
For further information, contact Joseph M. Melnic, Chief, Division of Radiation Control, P. O. Box 8469, Rachel Carson State Office Building, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8469, (717) 787-3720; or Andrew Bockis, Assistant Counsel, Bureau of Regulatory Counsel, P. O. Box 8464, Rachel Carson State Office Building, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8464, (717) 787-7060. Persons with a disability may use the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service, (800) 654-5984 (TDD users) or (800) 654-5988 (voice users).
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 09-1729. Filed for public inspection September 18, 2009, 9:00 a.m.]
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