1 May 2012
NRC on Threat of Nuclear Plant Insider Radiological Sabotage
[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 84 (Tuesday, May 1, 2012)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-10472]
NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION
[Docket No. 72-1039; NRC-2012-0099; EA-12-047]
In the Matter of Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Inc., Vogtle
Electric Generating Plant, Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation;
Order Modifying License (Effective Immediately)
AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
ACTION: Issuance of order for implementation of additional security
measures and fingerprinting for unescorted access to Southern Nuclear
Operating Company, Inc.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
L. Raynard Wharton, Senior Project Manager, Licensing and
Inspection Directorate, Division of Spent Fuel Storage and
Transportation, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards, U.S.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Rockville, Maryland 20852; telephone:
(301) 492-3316; fax number: (301) 492-3348; email:
Pursuant to Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR)
2.106, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or the Commission)
is providing notice, in the matter of Vogtle Electric Generating Plant
Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI) Order Modifying
License (Effective Immediately).
II. Further Information
The NRC has issued a general license to Southern Nuclear Operating
Company, Inc. (SNC), authorizing the operation of an ISFSI, in
accordance with the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, and 10 CFR
part 72. This Order is being issued to SNC because it has identified
near-term plans to store spent fuel in an ISFSI under the general
license provisions of 10 CFR part 72. The Commission's regulations at
10 CFR 72.212(b)(5), 10 CFR 50.54(p)(1), and 10 CFR 73.55(c)(5) require
licensees to maintain safeguards contingency plan procedures to respond
to threats of radiological sabotage and to protect the spent fuel
against the threat of radiological sabotage, in accordance with 10 CFR
part 73, appendix C. Specific physical security requirements are
contained in 10 CFR 73.51 or 73.55, as applicable.
Inasmuch as an insider has an opportunity equal to, or greater
than, any other person, to commit radiological sabotage, the Commission
has determined these measures to be prudent. Comparable Orders have
been issued to all licensees that currently store spent fuel or have
identified near-term plans to store spent fuel in an ISFSI.
On September 11, 2001, terrorists simultaneously attacked targets
in New York, NY, and Washington, DC, using large commercial aircraft as
weapons. In response to the attacks and intelligence information
subsequently obtained, the Commission issued a number of Safeguards and
Threat Advisories to its licensees to strengthen licensees'
capabilities and readiness to respond to a potential attack on a
nuclear facility. On October 16, 2002, the Commission issued Orders to
the licensees of operating ISFSIs, to place the actions taken in
response to the Advisories into the established regulatory framework
and to implement additional security enhancements that emerged from
NRC's ongoing comprehensive review. The Commission has also
communicated with other Federal, State, and local government agencies
and industry representatives to discuss and evaluate the current threat
environment in order to assess the adequacy of security measures at
licensed facilities. In addition, the Commission has conducted a
comprehensive review of its safeguards and security programs and
As a result of its consideration of current safeguards and security
requirements, as well as a review of information provided by the
intelligence community, the Commission has determined that certain
additional security measures (ASMs) are required to address the current
threat environment, in a consistent manner throughout the nuclear ISFSI
community. Therefore, the Commission is imposing requirements, as set
forth in Attachments 1 and 2 of this Order, on all licensees of these
facilities. These requirements, which supplement existing regulatory
requirements, will provide the Commission with reasonable assurance
that the public health and safety, the environment, and common defense
and security continue to be adequately protected in the current threat
environment. These requirements will remain in effect until the
Commission determines otherwise.
The Commission recognizes that licensees may have already initiated
many of the measures set forth in Attachments 1 and 2 to this Order, in
response to previously issued Advisories, or on their own. It also
recognizes that some measures may not be possible or necessary at some
sites, or may need to be tailored to accommodate the specific
circumstances existing at SNC's facility, to achieve the intended
objectives and avoid any unforeseen effect on the safe storage of spent
Although the ASMs implemented by licensees in response to the
Safeguards and Threat Advisories have been sufficient to provide
reasonable assurance of adequate protection of public health and
safety, in light of the continuing threat environment, the Commission
concludes that these actions must be embodied in an Order, consistent
with the established regulatory framework.
To provide assurance that licensees are implementing prudent
measures to achieve a consistent level of protection to address the
current threat environment, licenses issued pursuant to 10 CFR 72.210
shall be modified to include the requirements identified in Attachments
1 and 2 to this Order. In addition, pursuant to 10 CFR 2.202, I find
that, in light of the common defense and security circumstances
described above, the public health, safety, and interest require that
this Order be effective immediately.
Accordingly, pursuant to Sections 53, 103, 104, 147, 149, 161b,
161i, 161o, 182, and 186 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended,
and the Commission's regulations in 10 CFR 2.202 and 10 CFR parts 50,
72, and 73, it is hereby ordered, effective immediately, that your
general license is modified as follows:
A. SNC shall comply with the requirements described in Attachments
1 and 2 to this Order, except to the extent that a more stringent
requirement is set forth in the Vogtle Electric Generating Plant's
physical security plan. SNC shall demonstrate its ability to comply
with the requirements in Attachments 1 and 2 to the Order no later than
365 days from the date of this Order or 90 days before the first day
that spent fuel is initially placed in the ISFSI, whichever is earlier.
SNC must implement these requirements before initially placing spent
fuel in the ISFSI. Additionally, SNC must receive written verification
from the NRC that it has adequately demonstrated compliance with these
requirements before initially placing spent fuel in the ISFSI.
B. 1. SNC shall, within twenty (20) days of the date of this Order,
notify the Commission: (1) If it is unable to comply with any of the
requirements described in Attachments 1 and 2; (2) if compliance with
any of the requirements is unnecessary, in its specific circumstances;
or (3) if implementation of any of the requirements would cause SNC to
be in violation of the provisions of any Commission regulation or the
facility license. The notification shall provide
SNC's justification for seeking relief from, or variation of, any
2. If SNC considers that implementation of any of the requirements
described in Attachments 1 and 2 to this Order would adversely impact
the safe storage of spent fuel, SNC must notify the Commission, within
twenty (20) days of this Order, of the adverse safety impact, the basis
for its determination that the requirement has an adverse safety
impact, and either a proposal for achieving the same objectives
specified in Attachments 1 and 2 requirements in question, or a
schedule for modifying the facility, to address the adverse safety
If neither approach is appropriate, SNC must supplement its
response, to Condition B.1 of this Order, to identify the condition as
a requirement with which it cannot comply, with attendant
justifications, as required under Condition B.1.
C. 1. SNC shall, within twenty (20) days of this Order, submit to
the Commission, a schedule for achieving compliance with each
requirement described in Attachments 1 and 2.
2. SNC shall report to the Commission when it has achieved full
compliance with the requirements described in Attachments 1 and 2.
D. All measures implemented or actions taken in response to this
Order shall be maintained until the Commission determines otherwise.
SNC's response to Conditions B.1, B.2, C.1, and C.2, above, shall
be submitted in accordance with 10 CFR 72.4. In addition, submittals
and documents produced by SNC as a result of this Order, that contain
Safeguards Information as defined by 10 CFR 73.22, shall be properly
marked and handled, in accordance with 10 CFR 73.21 and 73.22.
The Director, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards,
may, in writing, relax or rescind any of the above conditions, for good
In accordance with 10 CFR 2.202, SNC must, and any other person
adversely affected by this Order may, submit an answer to this Order
within 20 days of its publication in the Federal Register. In addition,
SNC and any other person adversely affected by this Order may request a
hearing on this Order within 20 days of its publication in the Federal
Register. Where good cause is shown, consideration will be given to
extending the time to answer or request a hearing. A request for
extension of time must be made, in writing, to the Director, Office of
Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory
Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, and include a statement of good
cause for the extension.
The answer may consent to this Order. If the answer includes a
request for a hearing, it shall, under oath or affirmation,
specifically set forth the matters of fact and law on which SNC relies
and the reasons as to why the Order should not have been issued. If a
person other than SNC requests a hearing, that person shall set forth
with particularity the manner in which his/her interest is adversely
affected by this Order and shall address the criteria set forth in 10
All documents filed in NRC adjudicatory proceedings, including a
request for hearing, a petition for leave to intervene, any motion or
other document filed in the proceeding prior to the submission of a
request for hearing or petition to intervene, and documents filed by
interested governmental entities participating under 10 CFR 2.315(c),
must be filed in accordance with the NRC E-Filing rule (72 FR 49139,
August 28, 2007). The E-Filing process requires participants to submit
and serve all adjudicatory
documents over the internet, or in some cases to mail copies on
electronic storage media. Participants may not submit paper copies of
their filings unless they seek an exemption in accordance with the
procedures described below.
To comply with the procedural requirements of E-Filing, at least 10
days prior to the filing deadline, the participant should contact the
Office of the Secretary by email at email@example.com, or by
telephone at 301-415-1677, to request (1) a digital identification (ID)
certificate, which allows the participant (or its counsel or
representative) to digitally sign documents and access the E-Submittal
server for any proceeding in which it is participating; and (2) advise
the Secretary that the participant will be submitting a request or
petition for hearing (even in instances in which the participant, or
its counsel or representative, already holds an NRC-issued digital ID
certificate). Based upon this information, the Secretary will establish
an electronic docket for the hearing in this proceeding if the
Secretary has not already established an electronic docket.
Information about applying for a digital ID certificate is
available on the NRC's public Web site at http://www.nrc.gov/site-help/e-submittals/apply-certificates.html. System requirements for accessing
the E-Submittal server are detailed in the NRC's ``Guidance for
Electronic Submission,'' which is available on the NRC's public Web
site at http://www.nrc.gov/site-help/e-submittals.html. Participants
may attempt to use other software not listed on the Web site, but
should note that the NRC's E-Filing system does not support unlisted
software, and the NRC Meta System Help Desk will not be able to offer
assistance in using unlisted software.
If a participant is electronically submitting a document to the NRC
in accordance with the E-Filing rule, the participant must file the
document using the NRC's online, Web-based submission form. In order to
serve documents through the Electronic Information Exchange System,
users will be required to install a Web browser plug-in from the NRC's
Web site. Further information on the Web-based submission form,
including the installation of the Web browser plug-in, is available on
the NRC's public Web site at http://www.nrc.gov/site-help/e-submittals.html.
Once a participant has obtained a digital ID certificate and a
docket has been created, the participant can then submit a request for
hearing or petition for leave to intervene. Submissions should be in
Portable Document Format (PDF) in accordance with the NRC guidance
available on the NRC's public Web site at http://www.nrc.gov/site-help/e-submittals.html. A filing is considered complete at the time the
documents are submitted through the NRC's E-Filing system. To be
timely, an electronic filing must be submitted to the E-Filing system
no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the due date. Upon receipt of
a transmission, the E-Filing system time-stamps the document and sends
the submitter an email notice confirming receipt of the document. The
E-Filing system also distributes an email notice that provides access
to the document to the NRC's Office of the General Counsel and any
others who have advised the Office of the Secretary that they wish to
participate in the proceeding, so that the filer need not serve the
documents on those participants separately. Therefore, applicants and
other participants (or their counsel or representative) must apply for
and receive a digital ID certificate before a hearing request/petition
to intervene is filed so that they can obtain access to the document
via the E-Filing system.
A person filing electronically using the NRC's adjudicatory E-
Filing system may seek assistance by contacting the NRC Meta System
Help Desk through the ``Contact Us'' link located on the NRC's Web site
at http://www.nrc.gov/site-help/e-submittals.html, by email to
MSHD.Resource@nrc.gov, or by a toll-free call to 1-866-672-7640. The
NRC Meta System Help Desk is available between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.,
Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, excluding government holidays.
Participants who believe that they have a good cause for not
submitting documents electronically must file an exemption request, in
accordance with 10 CFR 2.302(g), with their initial paper filing
requesting authorization to continue to submit documents in paper
format. Such filings must be submitted by: (1) First class mail
addressed to the Office of the Secretary of the Commission, U.S.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, Attention:
Rulemaking and Adjudications Staff; or (2) courier, express mail, or
expedited delivery service to the Office of the Secretary, Sixteenth
Floor, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville,
Maryland, 20852, Attention: Rulemaking and Adjudications Staff.
Participants filing a document in this manner are responsible for
serving the document on all other participants. Filing is considered
complete by first-class mail as of the time of deposit in the mail, or
by courier, express mail, or expedited delivery service upon depositing
the document with the provider of the service. A presiding officer,
having granted an exemption request from using E-Filing, may require a
participant or party to use E-Filing if the presiding officer
subsequently determines that the reason for granting the exemption from
use of E-Filing no longer exists.
Documents submitted in adjudicatory proceedings will appear in the
NRC's electronic hearing docket which is available to the public at
http://ehd1.nrc.gov/ehd/, unless excluded pursuant to an order of the
Commission, or the presiding officer. Participants are requested not to
include personal privacy information, such as social security numbers,
home addresses, or home phone numbers in their filings, unless an NRC
regulation or other law requires submission of such information. With
respect to copyrighted works, except for limited excerpts that serve
the purpose of the adjudicatory filings and would constitute a Fair Use
application, participants are requested not to include copyrighted
materials in their submission.
If a hearing is requested by SNC or a person whose interest is
adversely affected, the Commission will issue an Order designating the
time and place of any hearing. If a hearing is held, the issue to be
considered at such hearing shall be whether this Order should be
Pursuant to 10 CFR 2.202(c)(2)(i), SNC may, in addition to
requesting a hearing, at the time the answer is filed or sooner, move
the presiding officer to set aside the immediate effectiveness of the
Order on the grounds that the Order, including the need for immediate
effectiveness, is not based on adequate evidence, but on mere
suspicion, unfounded allegations, or error.
In the absence of any request for hearing, or written approval of
an extension of time in which to request a hearing, the provisions as
specified in Section III shall be final twenty (20) days from the date
this Order is published in the Federal Register, without further Order
or proceedings. If an extension of time for requesting a hearing has
been approved, the provisions as specified in Section III, shall be
final when the extension expires, if a hearing request has not been
received. An answer or a request for hearing shall not stay the
immediate effectiveness of this order.
Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 23rd day of April, 2012.
For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Director, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards.
Attachment 1--Additional Security Measures (ASMs) for Physical
Protection of Dry Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installations (ISFSIs)
contains Safeguards Information and is not included in the Federal
Attachment 2--Additional Security Measures for Access Authorization and
Fingerprinting at Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installations, Dated
June 3, 2010
A. General Basis Criteria
1. These additional security measures (ASMs) are established to
delineate an independent spent fuel storage installation (ISFSI)
licensee's responsibility to enhance security measures related to
authorization for unescorted access to the protected area of an ISFSI
in response to the current threat environment.
2. Licensees whose ISFSI is collocated with a power reactor may
choose to comply with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)-
approved reactor access authorization program for the associated
reactor as an alternative means to satisfy the provisions of sections B
through G below. Otherwise, licensees shall comply with the access
authorization and fingerprinting requirements of sections B through G
of these ASMs.
3. Licensees shall clearly distinguish in their 20-day response
which method they intend to use in order to comply with these ASMs.
B. Additional Security Measures for Access Authorization Program
1. The licensee shall develop, implement and maintain a program, or
enhance its existing program, designed to ensure that persons granted
unescorted access to the protected area of an ISFSI are trustworthy and
reliable and do not constitute an unreasonable risk to the public
health and safety or the common defense and security, including a
potential to commit radiological sabotage.
a. To establish trustworthiness and reliability, the licensee shall
develop, implement, and maintain procedures for conducting and
completing background investigations, prior to granting access. The
scope of background investigations must address at least the past three
years and, as a minimum, must include:
i. Fingerprinting and a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
identification and criminal history records check (CHRC). Where an
applicant for unescorted access has been previously fingerprinted with
a favorably completed CHRC (such as a CHRC pursuant to compliance with
orders for access to safeguards information), the licensee may accept
the results of that CHRC, and need not submit another set of
fingerprints, provided the CHRC was completed not more than three years
from the date of the application for unescorted access.
ii. Verification of employment with each previous employer for the
most recent year from the date of application.
iii. Verification of employment with an employer of the longest
duration during any calendar month for the remaining next most recent 2
iv. A full credit history review.
v. An interview with not less than two character references,
developed by the investigator.
vi. A review of official identification (e.g., driver's license;
passport; government identification; state-, province-, or country-of-
birth issued certificate of birth) to allow comparison of personal
information data provided by the applicant. The licensee shall maintain
a photocopy of the identifying document(s) on file, in accordance with
``Protection of Information,'' in section G of these ASMs.
vii. Licensees shall confirm eligibility for employment through the
regulations of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S.
Citizenship and Immigration Services, and shall verify and ensure, to
the extent possible, the accuracy of the provided social security
number and alien registration number, as applicable.
b. The procedures developed or enhanced shall include measures for
confirming the term, duration, and character of military service for
the past 3 years, and/or academic enrollment and attendance in lieu of
employment, for the past 5 years.
c. Licensees need not conduct an independent investigation for
individuals employed at a facility who possess active ``Q'' or ``L''
clearances or possess another active U.S. Government-granted security
clearance (i.e., Top Secret, Secret, or Confidential).
d. A review of the applicant's criminal history, obtained from
local criminal justice resources, may be included in addition to the
FBI CHRC, and is encouraged if the results of the FBI CHRC, employment
check, or credit check disclose derogatory information. The scope of
the applicant's local criminal history check shall cover all residences
of record for the past three years from the date of the application for
2. The licensee shall use any information obtained as part of a
CHRC solely for the purpose of determining an individual's suitability
for unescorted access to the protected area of an ISFSI.
3. The licensee shall document the basis for its determination for
granting or denying access to the protected area of an ISFSI.
4. The licensee shall develop, implement, and maintain procedures
for updating background investigations for persons who are applying for
reinstatement of unescorted access. Licensees need not conduct an
independent reinvestigation for individuals who possess active ``Q'' or
``L'' clearances or possess another active U.S. Government-granted
security clearance, i.e., Top Secret, Secret or Confidential.
5. The licensee shall develop, implement, and maintain procedures
for reinvestigations of persons granted unescorted access, at intervals
not to exceed five years. Licensees need not conduct an independent
reinvestigation for individuals employed at a facility who possess
active ``Q'' or ``L'' clearances or possess another active U.S.
Government-granted security clearance, i.e., Top Secret, Secret or
6. The licensee shall develop, implement, and maintain procedures
designed to ensure that persons who have been denied unescorted access
authorization to the facility are not allowed access to the facility,
even under escort.
7. The licensee shall develop, implement, and maintain an audit
program for licensee and contractor/vendor access authorization
programs that evaluate all program elements and include a person
knowledgeable and practiced in access authorization program performance
objectives to assist in the overall assessment of the site's program
C. Fingerprinting Program Requirements
1. In a letter to the NRC, the licensee must nominate an individual
who will review the results of the FBI CHRCs to make trustworthiness
and reliability determinations for unescorted access to an ISFSI. This
individual, referred to as the ``reviewing official,'' must be someone
who requires unescorted access to the ISFSI. The NRC will review the
CHRC of any individual nominated to perform the reviewing official
function. Based on the results of the CHRC, the NRC staff will
determine whether this individual may have
access. If the NRC determines that the nominee may not be granted such
access, that individual will be prohibited from obtaining access.\1\
Once the NRC approves a reviewing official, the reviewing official is
the only individual permitted to make access determinations for other
individuals who have been identified by the licensee as having the need
for unescorted access to the ISFSI, and have been fingerprinted and
have had a CHRC in accordance with these ASMs. The reviewing official
can only make access determinations for other individuals, and
therefore cannot approve other individuals to act as reviewing
officials. Only the NRC can approve a reviewing official. Therefore, if
the licensee wishes to have a new or additional reviewing official, the
NRC must approve that individual before he or she can act in the
capacity of a reviewing official.
\1\ The NRC's determination of this individual's unescorted
access to the ISFSI, in accordance with the process, is an
administrative determination that is outside the scope of the Order.
2. No person may have access to Safeguards Information (SGI) or
unescorted access to any facility subject to NRC regulation, if the NRC
has determined, in accordance with its administrative review process
based on fingerprinting and an FBI identification and CHRC, that the
person may not have access to SGI or unescorted access to any facility
subject to NRC regulation.
3. All fingerprints obtained by the licensee under this Order must
be submitted to the Commission for transmission to the FBI.
4. The licensee shall notify each affected individual that the
fingerprints will be used to conduct a review of his/her criminal
history record and inform the individual of the procedures for revising
the record or including an explanation in the record, as specified in
the ``Right to Correct and Complete Information,'' in section F of
5. Fingerprints need not be taken if the employed individual (e.g.,
a licensee employee, contractor, manufacturer, or supplier) is relieved
from the fingerprinting requirement by 10 CFR 73.61, has a favorably
adjudicated U.S. Government CHRC within the last 5 years, or has an
active Federal security clearance. Written confirmation from the
Agency/employer who granted the Federal security clearance or reviewed
the CHRC must be provided to the licensee. The licensee must retain
this documentation for a period of 3 years from the date the individual
no longer requires access to the facility.
1. A licensee shall not base a final determination to deny an
individual unescorted access to the protected area of an ISFSI solely
on the basis of information received from the FBI involving: An arrest
more than 1 year old for which there is no information of the
disposition of the case, or an arrest that resulted in dismissal of the
charge, or an acquittal.
2. A licensee shall not use information received from a CHRC
obtained pursuant to this Order in a manner that would infringe upon
the rights of any individual under the First Amendment to the
Constitution of the United States, nor shall the licensee use the
information in any way that would discriminate among individuals on the
basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, or age.
E. Procedures for Processing Fingerprint Checks
1. For the purpose of complying with this Order, licensees shall,
using an appropriate method listed in 10 CFR 73.4, submit to the NRC's
Division of Facilities and Security, Mail Stop TWB-05B32M, one
completed, legible standard fingerprint card (Form FD-258,
ORIMDNRCOOOZ) or, where practicable, other fingerprint records for each
individual seeking unescorted access to an ISFSI, to the Director of
the Division of Facilities and Security, marked for the attention of
the Division's Criminal History Check Section. Copies of these forms
may be obtained by writing the Office of Information Services, U.S.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, by calling
(301) 415-5877, or by email to Forms.Resource@nrc.gov. Practicable
alternative formats are set forth in 10 CFR 73.4. The licensee shall
establish procedures to ensure that the quality of the fingerprints
taken results in minimizing the rejection rate of fingerprint cards
because of illegible or incomplete cards.
2. The NRC will review submitted fingerprint cards for
completeness. Any Form FD-258 fingerprint record containing omissions
or evident errors will be returned to the licensee for corrections. The
fee for processing fingerprint checks includes one re-submission if the
initial submission is returned by the FBI because the fingerprint
impressions cannot be classified. The one free re-submission must have
the FBI Transaction Control Number reflected on the re-submission. If
additional submissions are necessary, they will be treated as initial
submittals and will require a second payment of the processing fee.
3. Fees for processing fingerprint checks are due upon application.
The licensee shall submit payment of the processing fees
electronically. To be able to submit secure electronic payments,
licensees will need to establish an account with Pay.Gov (https://www.pay.gov). To request an account, the licensee shall send an email
to firstname.lastname@example.org. The email must include the licensee's company name,
address, point of contact (POC), POC email address, and phone number.
The NRC will forward the request to Pay.Gov, who will contact the
licensee with a password and user ID. Once the licensee has established
an account and submitted payment to Pay.Gov, they shall obtain a
receipt. The licensee shall submit the receipt from Pay.Gov to the NRC
along with fingerprint cards. For additional guidance on making
electronic payments, contact the Facilities Security Branch, Division
of Facilities and Security, at (301) 492-3531. Combined payment for
multiple applications is acceptable. The application fee (currently
$26) is the sum of the user fee charged by the FBI for each fingerprint
card or other fingerprint record submitted by the NRC on behalf of a
licensee, and an NRC processing fee, which covers administrative costs
associated with NRC handling of licensee fingerprint submissions. The
Commission will directly notify licensees who are subject to this
regulation of any fee changes.
4. The Commission will forward to the submitting licensee all data
received from the FBI as a result of the licensee's application(s) for
CHRCs, including the FBI fingerprint record.
F. Right To Correct and Complete Information
1. Prior to any final adverse determination, the licensee shall
make available to the individual the contents of any criminal history
records obtained from the FBI for the purpose of assuring correct and
complete information. Written confirmation by the individual of receipt
of this notification must be maintained by the licensee for a period of
one (1) year from the date of notification.
2. If, after reviewing the record, an individual believes that it
is incorrect or incomplete in any respect and wishes to change,
correct, or update the alleged deficiency, or to explain any matter in
the record, the individual may initiate challenge procedures. These
procedures include either direct application by the individual
challenging the record to the agency (i.e., law enforcement agency)
that contributed the questioned information, or direct challenge as to
the accuracy or completeness of any entry on the criminal history
record to the Assistant Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Identification Division, Washington, DC 20537-9700 (as set forth in 28
CFR 16.30 through 16.34). In the latter case, the FBI forwards the
challenge to the agency that submitted the data and requests that
agency to verify or correct the challenged entry. Upon receipt of an
official communication directly from the agency that contributed the
original information, the FBI Identification Division makes any changes
necessary in accordance with the information supplied by that agency.
The licensee must provide at least 10 days for an individual to
initiate an action challenging the results of a FBI CHRC after the
record is made available for his/her review. The licensee may make a
final access determination based on the criminal history record only
upon receipt of the FBI's ultimate confirmation or correction of the
record. Upon a final adverse determination on access to an ISFSI, the
licensee shall provide the individual its documented basis for denial.
Access to an ISFSI shall not be granted to an individual during the
G. Protection of Information
1. The licensee shall develop, implement, and maintain a system for
personnel information management with appropriate procedures for the
protection of personal, confidential information. This system shall be
designed to prohibit unauthorized access to sensitive information and
to prohibit modification of the information without authorization.
2. Each licensee who obtains a criminal history record on an
individual pursuant to this Order shall establish and maintain a system
of files and procedures, for protecting the record and the personal
information from unauthorized disclosure.
3. The licensee may not disclose the record or personal information
collected and maintained to persons other than the subject individual,
his/her representative, or to those who have a need to access the
information in performing assigned duties in the process of determining
suitability for unescorted access to the protected area of an ISFSI. No
individual authorized to have access to the information may re-
disseminate the information to any other individual who does not have
the appropriate need to know.
4. The personal information obtained on an individual from a CHRC
may be transferred to another licensee if the gaining licensee receives
the individual's written request to re-disseminate the information
contained in his/her file, and the gaining licensee verifies
information such as the individual's name, date of birth, social
security number, sex, and other applicable physical characteristics for
5. The licensee shall make criminal history records, obtained under
this section, available for examination by an authorized representative
of the NRC to determine compliance with the regulations and laws.
[FR Doc. 2012-10472 Filed 4-30-12; 8:45 am]
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