News : Safety & Security

18January2017

NRC 10 CFR Part 37 Implementation Report

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission released its 10 CFR Part 37 implementation report to Congress just before Christmas. The Report details the results of its program review of Part 37 Implementation. The Report The assessment showed that the requirements in Part 37 are effective in ensuring the security of risk-significant radioactive materials during use, storage, and […]

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12January2017

SSWG Transition Memo to Incoming U.S. Administration

Source Security Working Group (SSWG) Publishes Transition Memo to Incoming Administration The Source Security Working Group recently published its recommendations to the Trump transition team regarding radiological source policy. Highlights of the recommendations include: Maintain the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) as the principal federal regulator for the domestic civilian use of radioisotopes Do not require […]

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3January2017

The Security of Gamma Irradiation Facilities

During last November’s IMRP 18 in Vancouver the importance and evolution of security was highlighted in a series of presentations. From a regulatory point of view the U.S. NRC has implemented new requirements in Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulation (Part 37). Alongside these developments the U.S. DoE, NNSA, Office of Radiological Security […]

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2January2017

International Conference on Nuclear Security

This was a very large conference that highlights once again the growing interest in and importance of nuclear security. The conference provided an opportunity for delegates to discuss National and international nuclear security achievements and future targets. This event had a Ministerial (political / regulatory) segment where ministers, policymakers and senior officials were able to […]

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19December2016

International Conference on Nuclear Security

This was the second International Conference on Nuclear Security (first July 2013). The conference included a Ministerial segment as well as a comprehensive scientific and technical element. The event last all week and involved, in total, more than 1,500 people. The Ministerial segment allowed politicians and regulators to outline what actions were being undertaken and […]

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13December2016

Nuclear Safety – Communications

Effective communication in relation to nuclear and radiological safety is important. The linked article article highlights some of the issues that are being addressed at government and regulator level in Canada. Communicating with Canadians  about nuclear safety The article appeared on World Nuclear News (WNN) yesterday 12 December 2016.

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16November2016

iia / WINS Workshop on the Security of Gamma Irradiation Facilities

On 11th November 2016, directly after IMRP18, iia and WINS organised a workshop on: ‘The Security of Gamma Irradiation Facilities used for Industrial and Research Irradation and Sterilisation’. The Workshop Program included the following themes: developing a common understanding, designing and implementing operational security measures, addressing the insider threat and implementing security by design. iia […]

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28October2016

SSWG Visits Capitol Hill, Washington DC

Members of the Source Security Working Group Steering Committee met with staff on Capitol Hill this past week regarding the Schumer and Feinstein letters to the NRC on Category 3 materials. These letters were sent in August and September in response to the July GAO report which found NRC Category 3 security lacking in an […]

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5July2016

iia/WINS

The International Irradiation Association (iia) and the World Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS) are joining forces to organise a Workshop: “The Security of Gamma Irradiation Facilities used for Industrial and Research Irradiation” The Workshop will be held immediately after the International Meeting on Radiation Processing (IMRP) conference at the Westin hotel in Vancouver, Canada on […]

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29June2016

Source Security Working Group

In 2014 iia cooperated with a broad coalition of U.S. based organisations and associations in responding to Section 402 in the Draft 2015 Appropriations Bill. The initial contents of Section 402 would have had far reaching consequences for the irradiation industry, particularly the gamma irradiation community. The final Bill was heavily modified before being enacted […]

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