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Communication With Transport Vehicles

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Regulatory guide; withdrawal.


The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or the Commission), is withdrawing Regulatory Guide 5.32, Revision 1, “Communication with Transport Vehicles,” published in May 1975. The guide is being withdrawn because it is outdated due to advances in technology.


Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2012-0163 when contacting the NRC about the availability of information regarding this document. You may access information related to this document, which the NRC possesses and are publicly-available, using any the following methods:

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Marshall Kohen, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, telephone: 301-415-5436, email: or Rick Jervey, telephone: 301-251-7404, email:


I. Introduction

The NRC is withdrawing Regulatory Guide 5.32, revision 1, “Communication with Transport Vehicles,” published in May 1975. This RG describes radiotelephone equipment, systems, and procedures that were in use in 1975 which were found acceptable to the NRC staff for complying with the Commission's regulations within 10 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 73, (10 CFR part 73) “Physical Protection of Plants and Materials.” Other more advanced communication systems have replaced the systems described in the RG. The regulations discussing communication are established and measured by performance standards to meet communication objectives. The NRC's regulations do not specify radio communication systems described in this RG, and they are not used.

The discussion of radiotelephone communication requirements in RG 5.32 is no longer useful for current communication needs for protection of transport vehicles or shipments of radioactive materials. Other means of communication are available which provide sufficient flexibility to meet performance objectives required by 10 CFR part 73.

II. Further Information

The withdrawal of Regulatory Guide 5.32 does not alter any prior or existing licensing commitments or conditions based on its use. The guidance provided in this regulatory guide is neither necessary nor current. Regulatory guides may be withdrawn when their guidance is superseded by congressional action or no longer provides useful information, or due to changes in technology or methodology.

Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 6th day of July 2012.

For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Harriet Karagiannis,

Acting Chief, Regulatory Guide Development Branch, Division of Engineering, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research.

[FR Doc. 2012-16906 Filed 7-10-12; 8:45 am]