Darren B. Ash
Sr. Accountable Official
Open Government Representative
Francine F. Goldberg
Co-Chair, Open Government Advisory Group
Mail Stop: O16-D3
Washington, DC 20555-0001
The NRC Approach to Open Government
As an independent regulatory agency that prides itself on openness, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is pleased to take an active role in President Barack Obama’s Open Government Initiative, with its focus on open, accountable, and accessible government. The NRC has a long history of, and commitment to, transparency, participation, and collaboration in our regulatory activities.
For details on these and other aspects of the NRC Approach to Open Government, please see the following pages:
- Open Government Philosophy, Plan, and News
- Public Participation
- Plain Writing
- Digital Government Strategy
- CIO-Council .Gov Reform Initiative
- Streamlining Service Delivery and Improving Customer Service
- Sharing Information through Social Media
- Evaluating Our Progress
- Share Your Ideas About Open Government
- NRC Contacts for Open Government
The NRC is headed by five Commissioners appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate for 5-year terms. One of them is designated by the President to be the Chairman and official spokesperson of the Commission.
Plans, Budget, and Performance
An overview of the integrated process that the NRC uses to plan, budget, and assess its performance.
(Reports, Testimony, and Correspondence)
News, Information, & Media Resources/Policies
The latest clear, accurate, and complete information about NRC programs, policy decisions, and activities:
The public portal to many of the NRC’s key Web-based information dissemination channels, including basic references, document collections, and the Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS), among others
Basic information about how the agency meets its Federal records management requirements. Includes NRC’s internal records management policy that outlines how the NRC complies with the regulations governing Federal records including the transfer of permanent records to the National Archives.
Information about the NRC’s declassification program, how to access declassified records, and how to provide input about what types of information should be prioritized for declassification
Inspector General Program and Reports
An overview of the responsibilities and activities of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), the independent and objective unit that conducts audits and investigations to prevent and detect fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement, and promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in NRC programs and operations.
FOIA/Privacy Act Requests/Reports
Information about the NRC’s Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act Programs, including what to include in a request, how to submit it, and how the NRC will process the request. Also provides the Open Government Assessment of the NRC’s FOIA Process, a subject list of recent requests, and the NRC’s annual reports.
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Demographic data on U.S. commercial nuclear power reactors, including: plant name/unit number, docket number, location, licensee, reactor/containment type, nuclear steam system supplier/design, architect-engineer, constructor, important dates, capacities, and links to plant-specific pages
Power Reactors Formerly Licensed to Operate
Demographic data on U.S. commercial nuclear power reactors that were formerly licensed to operate, but are now permanently shutdown. The available data include plant name/unit number, location, reactor type, nuclear steam supply system vendor, capacity, important dates, decommissioning alternative selected, current status, and related notes.
Canceled U.S. Commercial Nuclear
Research & Test Reactors
Research & Test Reactors under
Reactor Event Notification Report
A summary of event notification reports for the past month, as they relate to operating nuclear power reactors in the United States. This summary includes the event number, description, and date; site/licensee names and locations (City, State, County, NRC region); license/docket number; unit number; how/when the NRC was notified; and other details regarding the state of the plant at the time of the event.
Reactor Inspection Reports for the Last Year
Information regarding inspection reports for the past year, as they relate to operating nuclear power reactors in the United States. This information includes the document title and date, associated docket number and plant name, number of pages, and the author’s affiliation. Web links to the inspection reports are also provided for the viewer’s convenience.
Operating Reactor Performance Indicators
Raw data for the Plant Performance Indicator (PI) values for each of the operating commercial nuclear power reactors in the United States. Available data include the plant name, indicator code, year and month in which the PI was reported, and value of the PI based on its type.
Fire Events Data from Licensee Event Reports
A summary of fire-related events at operating nuclear power reactors since October 1998. Available data include the number of the specific Event Notification or Licensee Event Report (LER) in which the fire event was reported to the NRC, as well as the event date, operating mode and power reactor operating capacity at the time of the fire, the area of the plant where the fire occurred, the Event Notification, and whether an Alert or Notice of Unusual Event was declared as a result of the fire.
Findings from Fire Inspections
A summary of findings from fire inspections conducted by the NRC. Available data include the plant name, cognizant NRC regional office, event date, type of finding that was issued to the licensee and the specific violation for which the finding was issued, report number and comments associated with each finding, year in which the finding was first observed, and type of report in which the finding was identified.
Reactor Materials Embrittlement Data
Information on surveillance capsule reports, which include reactor materials embrittlement data from the Nation’s fleet of operating nuclear power reactors. Specifically, this dataset lists each plant name and reactor type, designer, and manufacturer; the plant’s license term, date on which the license will expire, and whether the plant was licensed to operate as of January 1, 2011; and the filename for the plant’s surveillance capsule report, report date, and surveillance capsule ID. The Data Dictionary provides instructions for accessing the surveillance capsule reports.
New Reactor Licensing Application Schedules
Estimated review schedules for new reactor applications, showing reactor design type, schedule duration, beginning and ending dates, and current status. Schedules depicted for non-docketed applications represent the nominal anticipated review durations. Actual schedules will be established after the applications are docketed.
Dry Spent Fuel Storage Designs
Dry Spent Fuel Storage Licensees
Spent Fuel Storage: Estimated Schedules for Licensing and Certification
Estimated schedules for licensing actions and Certificates of Compliance (COCs) associated with spent fuel storage casks and independent spent fuel storage facilities. The available information includes the applicant’s name, facility/cask name, type of action, docket number, and estimated dates of key activities leading to completion of the associated rulemaking action.
NRC Biennial Evaluated Exercise Schedule
A list of full-scale Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and NRC evaluated exercises required of nuclear facilities is provided. The list includes identification of the date and type of exercise (e.g., plume, ingestion, partial), and the participants. NRC Headquarters and Regional staff members typically participate in four full-scale emergency response plume exercises each year and also participate in select ingestion exposure exercises. Exercise participants may include licensee, State, county and local governmental and emergency response agencies, NRC, FEMA and other appropriate Federal agencies.
Materials Licensing Actions Received
Materials Environmental Reviews Under NEPA
Information about materials environmental reviews conducted by the NRC, as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), to evaluate the environmental impacts of proposed licensing, decommissioning, and other actions. The available information includes the facility name, type, and location; application type; review type; and current status.
Uranium Recovery Facility Applications
Information about the status of uranium recovery facility applications, reviews, and letters of intent (including expected applications, as well as applications currently under review). The available information includes the company name, site, location, design type, date of application and/or letter of intent, and current status.
Uranium Enrichment Facility Application Review Schedules
Estimated license application review schedules for new uranium enrichment facilities. The available information for each facility includes the license review activities, current status, and estimated completion dates.
NRC-Regulated Complex Materials Sites
A status summary for decommissioning of NRC-regulated complex materials sites in the United States. Available information includes site name, location, and State; current compliance criteria; whether the decommissioning plan (DP) has been submitted to the NRC and, if so, the original submission date; whether the NRC has approved the DP; and the estimated closure date. This information is current as of September 30, 2010, and summarizes the related information presented in the Status of the Decommissioning Program 2010 Annual Report.
Waste Incidental to Reprocessing (WIR)
A catalog of documents related to the NRC’s role in the disposal process for waste incidental to reprocessing (WIR), including the category, title, date, and accession number by which the document can be retrieved from the NRC’s Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS)
Significant NRC Enforcement Actions
A comprehensive listing of significant (“escalated”) enforcement actions that the NRC has issued to reactor licensees, materials licensees, fuel cycle facilities, non-licensees, and individuals. These actions include Notices of Violation for Severity Level I, II, or III violations; Notices of Violation associated with inspection findings that the Significance Determination Process categorizes as White, Yellow, or Red; Civil Penalties; and Orders. Available information includes action number, recipient’s name, type, issue date, and summary.
A comprehensive record of the status of issues identified since 1978, which involve public health and safety, the common defense and security, or the environment, and which could affect multiple entities under NRC jurisdiction. Available information includes the issue number, title, description, issue revision number, multi-plant action number; responsible project manager and affiliation; date of identification and resolution; status/priority ranking; related technical area and facility types; resolution result and product category; related generic issues, generic communications, industry documents, and events; and additional information.