What department does the NRC fall under?

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What department does the NRC fall under?

U.S. Department Of Energy (DOE) | NRC.gov.

Q. What are the responsibilities of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission?

The NRC licenses and regulates the Nation’s civilian use of radioactive materials to provide reasonable assurance of adequate protection of public health and safety and to promote the common defense and security and to protect the environment.

Q. Is NRC under DOE?

The NRC, consistent with its role as an independent safety and security regulator, is responsible for providing DOE and the nuclear energy community with accurate, current information on the NRC’s regulations and licensing processes.

Q. Where is NRC?

The NRC has its Headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, and a number of other offices around the United States. The business hours for Headquarters are 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. except weekends and Federal holidays.

Q. What is nuclear oversight?

Unlike the Operating Reactor Oversight program, which focuses on monitoring and evaluating the performance of existing nuclear power plants, regulatory oversight for new reactors focuses on the construction of reactor facilities (that is, the period between licensing and initial operation).

Q. How does the government regulate nuclear energy?

On a national level, the nuclear power industry is regulated by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (known as the NRC). The NRC also reassesses safety based on new information, and releases operational and safety mandates to nuclear plants as needed.

Q. Who was responsible for Fukushima?

The executives — Tsunehisa Katsumata, Sakae Muto and Ichiro Takekuro — were the only people charged over the handling of the disaster, which forced more than 160,000 people in northeastern Japan to evacuate their homes to escape nuclear fallout that left areas surrounding the plant uninhabitable.

Q. Is nuclear over regulated?

Since nuclear power generation is justifiably a heavily regulated industry, that is not a shocking figure. However, these plants are also regulated by several other agencies. The two largest NRC rules cover “Fitness for Duty” and post 9/11 security standards.

Q. Why is nuclear power illegal?

National security. Nuclear power plants are a potential target for terrorist operations. An attack could cause major explosions, putting population centers at risk, as well as ejecting dangerous radioactive material into the atmosphere and surrounding region.

While they might un-nerve the neighbours, fusion reactors of this kind are perfectly legal in the US.

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