An existing set of standards (for example, the current set of all applicable Department
directives) is no longer appropriate due to changes in mission, regulatory environment,
degree of hazards, performance expectation, or knowledge. For example, facilities that
are undergoing transitions from operations to decommissioning and deactivation will
require a transition to a different set of standards.
The applicable contract requires that the Process be used. The N&S Process may be
specifically called out in a new or modified contract.
A Stakeholder (or Interested Party) demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Agreement
Parties that the existing set of standards is either not necessary or not sufficient to
provide reasonable assurance of adequate protection. Evidence provided should be
based on the set of standards, not on the way the standards are implemented. To meet
this criteria, two conditions are necessary:
input from a Stakeholder (or Interested Party), and
Agreement Parties agree that the Stakeholder (or Interested Party) has a
A Stakeholder complaint, regardless of validity, does not in itself satisfy this condition to
initiate the Process. However, all input from Stakeholders and Interested Parties should
be carefully evaluated to determine if the adequacy of current standards is at issue.