The NRC will provide states with training and other support, such as. B assistance in the development of rules and programme descriptions, in order to help Member States prepare their request for an agreement and to help them before adopting the regulatory authority. Once the agreement has been approved and the regulator has been taken over by a new contracting state, to the extent that resources permit, NRC can provide additional training and support (for example. B, review of proposed regulatory changes to help states parties manage their regulatory tasks). Nevertheless, it is the responsibility of each State party to ensure that it has sufficient qualified staff to implement its programme. If the NRC is unable to provide training, the State party must do so. 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. By adopting the adequacy and compatibility criteria examined under this principle, NRC offers a wide range of flexibility in the management of individual programs of contracting states. Recognizing that States Parties are responsible for sources other than raw materials, NRC authorizes States Parties to design their programs in a way that takes into account the specific needs and preferences of the state.
5. For the purposes of this statement of principle, economic factors are the costs incurred by the regulated community to comply with rules affecting more than one regulatory jurisdiction in the NMNP. This Political Declaration serves exclusively as a direction for NRC and States Parties in the implementation of the contracting state`s agenda. This declaration of principles does not itself set legally binding requirements for States Parties. Moreover, nothing in this Start Printed Page 48536statement directive expands the legal authority of contracting states, which go beyond the legal regime already closed by Section 274 of the AEA and other competent jurisdictions; This political statement also does not diminish or restrict the NRC`s authority under the AEA. The implementation procedures under this policy statement must be consistent with NRC legal authorities and contracting states. Nrc and States Parties are responsible for ensuring that radiation protection programs are compatible. These radiation protection programs should be based on a common regulatory philosophy, including the joint use of definitions and standards. Programs should be implemented effectively by NRC and States Parties and should also provide common policy outcomes in areas of national importance.
This statement of principles outlines NRC policy to determine the adequacy and compatibility of contracting states` programs.