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EPA Proposes Changes to Environmental Radiation Standards for Nuke Power Operations

Posted in on Wed, Feb 26, 2014

EPA has published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking requesting comment and information on potential approaches to updating its “Environmental Radiation Protection Standards for Nuclear Power Operations” (40 CFR part 190).  Issued in 1977, these standards limit radiation releases and doses to the public from normal operation of nuclear power plants and other uranium fuel cycle facilities – facilities involved in the milling, conversion, fabrication, use and reprocessing of uranium fuel for generating commercial electrical power.  These standards were the earliest radiation rules developed by EPA and are based on nuclear power technology and the understanding of radiation biology current at that time. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is responsible for implementing and enforcing these standards.  Comments are due June 4, 2014.

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