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IAEA Additional Protocol Prompts Updates to U.S. Nuclear Transfer Rules

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has moved to update its standards for the transnational shipment of atomic technology and substances to better meet the country's commitments under the Additional Protocol to its nuclear inspections agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency, according to a notice published on Wednesday in the Federal Register (see GSN, Jan. 5, 2009).

The revision, due to take effect on June 8, would exclude from U.S. licensing controls shipments of "source and byproduct" substances taken for IAEA analysis, the commission stated in the notice.

"The NRC staff has determined that these changes are consistent with current U.S. policy, and will pose no unreasonable risk to the public health and safety or to the common defense and security of the United States," the notice adds (Federal Register, May 9).

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