Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)

Definition - What does Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) mean?

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is an independent agency which was created by the United States government in 1974, to assure safe use of the radioactive materials. It regulates various commercial nuclear power plants and other uses of nuclear materials like in nuclear medicine by inspection, enforcement and licensing of its requirements. It conducts training inspections and audits, and inspects the meetings of the National Nuclear Accrediting Board and also nominates some members.

Petropedia explains Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is an independent agency of the US government. The role of the commission is to look after the public health and safety associated with the nuclear energy. It inspects the reactor security and safety, licensing of radioactive materials, licensing and renewal of the reactor and also spent fuel management that includes security, disposal, storage and recycling.

Its mission is to balance the nation's civilian use of source, byproducts and the special nuclear materials to assure the adequate security of the public health and safety, so as to preserve the environment and encourage the common security and defense. Its regulatory mission includes three main areas – reactors, materials and waste.

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