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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 09-1718

[ 25 PA. CODE CH. 215 ]

Proposed Amendments to Radioactive Material Regulations

 Pennsylvania is a U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Agreement State and has incorporated by reference many NRC regulations. The NRC is proposing to amend 10 CFR Part 31 (relating to general domestic licenses for product material), described as follows, and any amendments made to it will be incorporated into Pennsylvania's under 25 Pa. Code § 215.1(e) (relating to purpose and scope). Proposed changes to 10 CFR Part 31.5 (relating to certain detection, measuring, gauging, or controlling devices and certain devices for producing light to an ionized atmoshere) were published in the Federal Register at 74 FR 38372 (August 2, 2009). Limiting the quality of byproduct material in a generally licensed device.

 The NRC is proposing to amend its regulations to limit the quantity of byproduct material contained in a generally licensed device to below 1/10 of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Category 3 thresholds. Should this amendment a final rule, individuals in this Commonwealth possessing devices with byproduct material meeting or exceeding these thresholds would be required to apply for and obtain a specific license from the Department of Environmental Protection. Examples of such devices include certain gauges for measuring the thickness of materials, the density of solutions and slurries, the composition of bulk materials, and the level of fluids in industrial processes. The NRC is also proposing to further clarify the requirements that apply when a device authorized to be used under the general license is instead held under a specific license. The proposed amendments would also modify the Compatibility Categories contained in the current regulations.

 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. 09-1718. Filed for public inspection September 18, 2009, 9:00 a.m.]

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