Radiation incident in research facility on Harborview campus

OLYMPIA – Late Thursday night while an irradiator used in a University of Washington research facility on the Harborview Medical Center campus was being removed from service, radioactive material was accidentally released and contaminated 13 people. The personnel involved include two radioactive materials inspectors with the Washington State Department of Health and law enforcement officers who were present to observe …

NRC Terminates Rulemaking re Special Nuclear Material Accounting

In April 2019, it was announced that all five members of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) voted unanimously to terminate a decade-long, multimillion dollar program to update federal regulations on material control and accounting (MC&A) of special nuclear materials. “The Commission has disapproved the draft final rule,” stated NRC Commission Secretary Annette Vietti-Cook in an April 3 memorandum to NRC …

Utah Waste Management and Radiation Control Board Meets

On April 11, 2019, the Utah Waste Management and Radiation Control Board held a meeting beginning at 1:30 p.m. MT in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The meeting, which was open to the public, was held in Conference Room 1015, Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Board Room, in the Multi Agency State Office Building that is located at 195 North 1950 …

NRC Issues Annual Assessments for Nation’s Nuclear Plants

On March 7, 2019, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) announced that the agency has issued annual letters to the nation’s 98 commercial nuclear power plants operating in 2018 regarding their performance throughout the year.  All were in the two highest performance categories. Overview Ninety-three of the 98 commercial nuclear power plants fully met all safety and security performance objectives …

John Lubinski Named NMSS Director at NRC

By press release dated March 13, 2019, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) announced that John Lubinski has been selected as the Director of the Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards (NMSS).  Overview  “John Lubinski is a proven leader with a wide range of experience at the NRC, having served in a variety of key roles across the agency …

NRC Proposes FY 2020 Budget to Congress

On March 11, 2019, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) announced that the agency is proposing to Congress a budget of $921 million for fiscal year (FY) 2020.  The request is $10 million higher than the FY 2019 budget, reflecting 44 fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees. Overview The increase in the FY 2020 request takes into account the inclusion of …