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NRC Proposes Stronger Oversight of Radioactive Material

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has proposed limiting the amount of radioactive material allowed in generally licensed devices.

The move would affect about 1,800 devices and offer stronger oversight of radioactive materials by requiring an estimated 1,400 general license holders to apply for specific licenses for the devices, according to an NRC press release. The agency claims increased regulation and monitoring of the specific licenses would increase safety, security and control. In turn, this would make it harder for someone to obtain a device or accumulate a “risk-significant” amount of material for subterfuge.

The proposed rule was published in the Aug. 3 Federal Register.