Comments Sought on IAEA Radioactive Materials Transport Regulations Draft

"Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material" is an international standard promoting the safe and secure transportation of radioactive material, a standard IAEA reviews and updates periodically. And IAEA has released its draft for a 120-day Member State review.

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is accepting comments until Oct. 28 on a draft revision of the International Atomic Energy Agency's "Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material," which PHMSA says is scheduled for publication in 2018. After considering the public's input, PHMSA and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will jointly submit U.S. comments on the draft to IAEA.

Comments received after Oct. 28 may be considered, but only if it is practical to do so. Comments may be submitted by visiting www.regulations.gov and searching for Docket No. PHMSA-2016-0064.

"Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material" is an international standard promoting the safe and secure transportation of radioactive material, a standard IAEA reviews and updates periodically. And IAEA has released its draft for a 120-day Member State review, seeking comment only on the changes made between the published 2012 edition and the draft 2018 edition.

"Please note that to date, PHMSA has harmonized the U.S. domestic hazardous materials regulations in 49 CFR with the 2009 edition of the IAEA regulations, as revised in 2014 [Docket No. PHMSA-2009-0063 (HM-250)]. The NRC is currently developing a rulemaking to harmonize with the 2012 edition of SSR-6. PHMSA may also develop a subsequent rulemaking to harmonize with the 2012 edition of SSR-6, but we are not currently considering adoption of the 2018 amendments. However, both the NRC and DOT will consider subsequent domestic compatibility rulemakings after IAEA's final publication of the 2018 revised [standard]," PHMSA's notice states.

The notice was signed Sept. 8 by William S. Schoonover, PHMSA's acting associate administrator for Hazardous Materials Safety.

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