The State party has a sufficient number of qualified personnel to implement its regulatory programme for the control of contract equipment. The purpose of this statement of principle for the State Program agreement is to describe the respective roles and responsibilities of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the State Agreement in the management of programs implemented under Section 274 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 as amended (AEA).  Section 274 gives NRC broad authority to establish a unique relationship between the federal government and the federal states in the management of regulatory programs related to the protection of public health and safety in the industrial, medical, commercial and research use of contract equipment. This statement of principle replaces the September 1997 Adequacy and Compatibility of Agreement State Programs policy statement and the Declaration of Principles and Guidelines for the Contracting State Program. What will happen to the licence applications that have been challenged before the Atomic Safety Licensing Board (ASLB) and have not yet been finalized with the Entry of the Wyoming Agreement? NRC supports states that have expressed interest in implementing NRC regulatory authority support programs in accordance with the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 as amended. Section 274 of the Act provides a legal basis on which NRC cedes part of its regulatory authority to states in order to license and regulate by-products (radioisotopes); raw materials (uranium and thorium); and certain quantities of special nuclear materials. The mechanism for deleging NRC`s powers to a state is an agreement signed by the Governor of the State and the Chairman of the Commission in accordance with Section 274b of the Act. If state-recognized tribes are concerned about the Wyoming accord proposal and the impact of Wyoming`s acceptance as a state agreement, what channels do they have to do to address those concerns? NRC and State Parties will continue to jointly evaluate NRC and State Agreements for the Regulation of Contract Equipment to identify specific changes that should be considered on the basis of experience or further improve safety, performance, compatibility and efficiency in general. Nrc encourages States Parties to adopt and implement program elements defined by the program elements adopted and implemented by NRC for the promotion and improvement of a NMNP that establishes a coherent and compatible national program for the regulation of contract equipment. NRC assistance to states that enter into agreements includes review of requests for state 274b agreements or amendments to 274b agreements, meetings with states for discussion and settlement of NRC review submissions, and recommendations for Commission approval of proposed 274b agreements.
In addition, NRC organizes training and workshops; Assesses technical issues related to State Party licensing and inspections; assesses changes to the state rule Participates in the Activities of the Conference of Directors of the Radiation Control Program, Inc.; and provides rapid and substantial state participation in regulation and other regulatory efforts. Nrc also coordinates with contracting states the disclosure of event information and responses to allegations that have been notified to RNCs with the participation of contracting states. The State party responds and conducts timely inspections or investigations into incidents, events and allegations relating to contractual documents under the jurisdiction of the State in order to ensure adequate public health and public safety security.