10 CFR 840.1 - Scope and purpose.

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§ 840.1 Scope and purpose.
(a) Scope. This subpart applies to those DOE contractor activities to which the nuclear hazards indemnity provisions in 41 CFR 9-50.704-6 apply, and to other persons indemnified with respect to such activities.
(b) Purpose. One purpose of this subpart is to set forth the criteria which the DOE proposes to follow in order to determine whether there has been an “extraordinary nuclear occurrence.” The other purpose is to establish the conditions of the waivers of defenses proposed for incorporation in indemnity agreements.
(1) The system is to come into effect only where the discharge or dispersal constitutes a substantial amount of source, special nuclear or byproduct material, or has caused substantial radiation levels offsite. The various limits in present DOE regulations are not appropriate for direct application in the determination of an “extraordinary nuclear occurrence,” for they were arrived at with other purposes in mind, and those limits have been set at a level which is conservatively arrived at by incorporating a significant safety factor. Thus, a discharge or dispersal which exceeds the limits in DOE regulations, or in DOE orders, although possible cause for concern, is not one which would be expected to cause substantial injury or damage unless it exceeds by some significant multiple the appropriate regulatory limit. Accordingly, in arriving at the values in the criteria to be deemed “substantial” it is more appropriate to adopt values separate from DOE health and safety orders, and, of course the selection of these values will not in any way affect such orders. A substantial discharge, for purposes of the criteria, represents a perturbation of the environment which is clearly above that which could be anticipated from the conduct of normal activities. The criteria are intended solely for the purposes of administration of DOE statutory responsibilities under Pub. L. 89-645, and are not intended to indicate a level of discharge or dispersal at which damage is likely to occur, or even a level at which some type of protective action is indicated. It should be clearly understood that the criteria in no way establish or indicate that there is a specific threshold of exposure at which biological damage from radiation will take place. It cannot be emphasized too frequently that the levels set to be used as criteria for the first part of the determination, that is, the criteria for amounts offsite or radiation levels offsite which are substantial, are not meant to indicate that, because such amounts or levels are determined to be substantial for purposes of administration, they are “substantial” in terms of their propensity for causing injury or damage.
(2) It is the purpose of the second part of the determination that DOE decide whether there have in fact been or will probably be substantial damages to persons offsite or property offsite. The criteria for substantial damages were formulated, and the numerical values selected, on a wholly different basis from that on which the criteria used for the first part of the determination with respect to substantial discharge were derived. The only interrelation between the values selected for the discharge criteria and the damage criteria is that the discharge values are set so low that it is extremely unlikely the damage criteria could be satisfied unless the discharge values have been exceeded.
(3) The first part of the test is designed so that DOE can assure itself that something exceptional has occurred; that something untoward and unexpected has in fact taken place and that this event is of sufficient significance to raise the possibility that some damage to persons or property offsite has resulted or may result. If there appears to be no damage, the waivers willnot apply because DOE will be unable, under the second part of the test, to make a determination that “substantial damages” have resulted or will probably result. If damages have resulted or will probably result, they could vary from de minimis to serious, and the waivers will not apply until the damages, both actual and probable, are determined to be “substantial” within the second part of the test.
(4) The presence or absence of an extraordinary nuclear occurrence determination does not concomitantly determine whether or not a particular claimant will recover on his claim. In effect, it is intended primarily to determine whether certain potential obstacles to recovery are to be removed from the route the claimant would ordinarily follow to seek compensation for his injury or damage. If there has not been an extraordinary nuclear occurrence determination, the claimant must proceed (in the absence of settlement) with a tort action subject to whatever issues must be met, and whatever defenses are available to the defendant, under the law applicable in the relevant jurisdiction. If there has been an extraordinary nuclear occurrence determination, the claimant must still proceed (in the absence of settlement) with a tort action, but the claimant's burden is substantially eased by the elimination of certain issues which may be involved and certain defenses which may be available to the defendant. In either case the defendant may defend with respect to such of the following matters as are in issue in any given claim: the nature of the claimant's alleged damages, the causal relationship between the event and the alleged damages, and the amount of the alleged damages.

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United States Code

§ 2201 - General duties of Commission

§ 2210 - Indemnification and limitation of liability

§ 7101 - Definitions

§ 7111 - Congressional findings

§ 7112 - Congressional declaration of purpose

§ 7113 - Relationship with States

§ 7131 - Establishment

§ 7132 - Principal officers

§ 7133 - Assistant Secretaries; appointment and confirmation; identification of responsibilities

§ 7134 - Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; compensation of Chairman and members

§ 7135 - Energy Information Administration

§ 7135a - Delegation by Secretary of Energy of energy research, etc., functions to Administrator of Energy Information...Administration; prohibition against required delegation; utilization of capabilities by Secretary

§ 7136 - Economic Regulatory Administration; appointment of Administrator; compensation; qualifications; functions

§ 7137 - Functions of Comptroller General

§ 7138 - Repealed.

§ 7139 - Office of Science; establishment; appointment of Director; compensation; duties

§ 7140 - Leasing Liaison Committee; establishment; composition

§ 7141 - Office of Minority Economic Impact

§ 7142 - National Atomic Museum and National Atomic Testing Museum

§ 7142a - Designation of American Museum of Science and Energy

§ 7142b - Authority

§ 7142c - Museum volunteers

§ 7142d - Definitions

§ 7143 - Repealed.

§ 7144 - Establishment of policy for National Nuclear Security Administration

§ 7144a - Establishment of security, counterintelligence, and intelligence policies

§ 7144b - Office of Counterintelligence

§ 7144c - Office of Intelligence

§ 7144d - Office of Arctic Energy

§ 7144e - Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs

§ 7151 - General transfers

§ 7151a - Jurisdiction over matters transferred from Energy Research and Development Administration

§ 7152 - Transfers from Department of the Interior

§ 7153 - Administration of leasing transfers

§ 7154 - Transfers from Department of Housing and Urban Development

§ 7155 - Repealed.

§ 7156 - Transfers from Department of the Navy

§ 7156a - Repealed.

§ 7157 - Transfers from Department of Commerce

§ 7158 - Naval reactor and military application programs

§ 7159 - Transfer to Department of Transportation

§ 7171 - Appointment and administration

§ 7172 - Jurisdiction of Commission

§ 7173 - Initiation of rulemaking procedures before Commission

§ 7174 - Referral of other rulemaking proceedings to Commission

§ 7175 - Right of Secretary to intervene in Commission proceedings

§ 7176 - Reorganization

§ 7177 - Access to information

§ 7178 - Federal Energy Regulatory Commission fees and annual charges

§ 7191 - Procedures for issuance of rules, regulations, or orders

§ 7192 - Judicial review

§ 7193 - Remedial orders

§ 7194 - Requests for adjustments

§ 7195 - Report to Congress; contents

§ 7211, 7212 - Repealed.

§ 7213 to 7217 - Repealed.

§ 7218 - Repealed.

§ 7231 - Officers and employees

§ 7232 - Senior positions

§ 7233 - Experts and consultants

§ 7234 - Advisory committees

§ 7235 - Armed services personnel

§ 7236 - Transferred

§ 7237 - Priority placement, job placement, retraining, and counseling programs for United States Department of Energy employees affected by reduction in force

§ 7238 - Temporary appointments for scientific and technical experts in Department of Energy research and development programs

§ 7239 - Transferred

§ 7251 - General authority

§ 7252 - Delegation

§ 7253 - Reorganization

§ 7254 - Rules and regulations

§ 7255 - Subpoena

§ 7256 - Contracts, leases, etc., with public agencies and private organizations and persons

§ 7256a, 7256b - Transferred

§ 7257 - Acquisition, construction, etc., of laboratories, research and testing sites, etc.

§ 7257a to 7257c - Transferred

§ 7257d - Expanded research by Secretary of Energy

§ 7258 - Facilities construction

§ 7259 - Use of facilities

§ 7259a - Activities of Department of Energy facilities

§ 7260 - Field offices

§ 7261 - Acquisition of copyrights, patents, etc.

§ 7261a - Protection of sensitive technical information

§ 7261b - Technology transfer to small businesses

§ 7261c - Technology partnerships ombudsman

§ 7262 - Repealed.

§ 7263 - Capital fund

§ 7264 - Seal of Department

§ 7265 - Regional Energy Advisory Boards

§ 7266 - Designation of conservation officers

§ 7267 - Annual report

§ 7268 - Leasing report

§ 7269 - Transfer of funds

§ 7269a - Repealed.

§ 7269b - Transfer of unexpended appropriation balances

§ 7269c - Funding for Department of Energy activities not included in Fossil Energy account

§ 7270 - Authorization of appropriations

§ 7270a - Guards for Strategic Petroleum Reserve facilities

§ 7270b - Trespass on Strategic Petroleum Reserve facilities

§ 7270c - Annual assessment and report on vulnerability of facilities to terrorist attack

§ 7271 - Transferred

§ 7271a - Repealed.

§ 7271b - Repealed.

§ 7271c - Repealed.

§ 7271d to 7273a - Transferred

§ 7273b - Security investigations

§ 7273c - Transferred

§ 7274 - Environmental impact statements relating to defense facilities of Department of Energy

§ 7274a to 7274d - Transferred

§ 7274e - Scholarship and fellowship program for environmental restoration and waste management

§ 7274f - Transferred

§ 7274g - Environmental restoration and waste management five-year plan and budget reports

§ 7274h, 7274i - Transferred

§ 7274j - Repealed.

§ 7274k - Transferred

42 U.S. Code § -

42 U.S. Code § -

§ 7274p - Transferred

§ 7274q - Transferred

§ 7274r - Transferred

§ 7274s - Transferred

§ 7275 - Definitions

§ 7276 - Regulations to require integrated resource planning

§ 7276a - Technical assistance

§ 7276b - Integrated resource plans

§ 7276c - Miscellaneous provisions

§ 7276d - Property protection program for power marketing administrations

§ 7276e - Provision of rewards

§ 7276f - Western Area Power Administration; deposit and availability of discretionary offsetting collections

§ 7276g - Western Area Power Administration; deposit and availability of funds related to Falcon and Amistad Dams

§ 7277 - Report concerning review of United States coal imports

§ 7278 - Availability of appropriations for Department of Energy for transportation, uniforms, security, and price support and loan guarantee programs; transfer of funds; acceptance of contributions

§ 7279 - Identification in budget materials of amounts for certain Department of Energy pension obligations

§ 7279a - Future-years energy program annual submission and budgeting

§ 7291 - Transfer and allocations of appropriations and personnel

§ 7292 - Effect on personnel

§ 7293 - Agency terminations

§ 7294 - Incidental transfers

§ 7295 - Savings provisions

§ 7296 - Separability

§ 7297 - Cross references

§ 7298 - Presidential authority

§ 7299 - Transition

§ 7300 - Report to Congress; effect on personnel

§ 7301 - Environmental impact statements

§ 7321 - National Energy Policy Plan

§ 7322 - Congressional review

§ 7341 - Effective date

§ 7342 - Interim appointments

§ 7351 - Submission of comprehensive review

§ 7352 - Contents of review