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Enforcement Policy

The Enforcement Policy is applicable to enforcement matters involving the radiological health and safety of the public, including employee health and safety, the common defense and security, and the environment. However, the medical event reporting interim enforcement policy applies only to medical events occurring under an NRC licensee's permanent implant brachytherapy program.

(The current version of the Enforcement Policy, dated August 1, 2016, is available in ADAMS at ML16197A561.)

  • On July 1, 2016, the NRC published an interim final rule to amend its regulations to adjust the maximum civil monetary penalties it can assess under statutes enforced by the Agency.  As a result, on August 1, 2016, the NRC made conforming changes to its Enforcement Policy that resulted in the doubling of the previous maximum civil penalties. For more information on these changes refer to the set of Questions and Answers.

  • On January 21, 2015, the Commission approved expanding the ADR program to offer ADR as an option for non-willful (traditional) enforcement cases with the potential for civil penalties (not including violations associated with findings assessed through the Reactor Oversight Process). This expansion is reflected in Section 2.4.3 of the Enforcement Policy as published in the Federal Register.

In a notice published in the Federal Register on March 16, 2005, the Commission announced its intent to use the NRC public Web site and the NRC's Agencywide Document Access and Management System (ADAMS) to communicate its "General Statement of Policy and Procedure for NRC Enforcement Actions - Enforcement Policy," to discontinue publication of the paper document, NUREG-1600, and to simplify the official policy statement title. The NRC is taking these actions because the policy statement is available electronically on the NRC public Web site and is widely known as the "NRC Enforcement Policy."

On October 9, 2014, the NRC published a proposed revision to the Enforcement Policy (Policy) for a 45 day comment period (Federal Register Notice 79 FR 61107). The proposed revision is available in ADAMS at ML14283A451.

On October 15, 2014, the Nuclear Energy Institute, Inc. submitted a request (ML14297A314) to extend the comment period for an extra 30 days after taking this request under consideration, the NRC has decided to grant all stakeholders this extension (ML14297A370). The comment period will now end on December 22, 2014.

The following links are to recent proposed revisions of the Enforcement Policy, which the NRC issued for public comment and NRC's responses to the public's comments:

Comments on draft updates of the Enforcement Policy may be submitted electronically via Regulations.gov. See Documents for Comment page.

The following links are to recent revisions of the Enforcement Policy:

For previous revisions of the Enforcement Policy, see History of Enforcement Policy.

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