United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Security Orders

Security orders contain requirements for licensees to implement interim compensatory security measures beyond that currently required by NRC regulations and as conditions of licenses. Some of the requirements formalize a series of security measures that licensees took in response to advisories NRC issued in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Other requirements reflect additional security enhancements that have emerged from NRC's ongoing comprehensive security review.

Note: The documents on this Web page do not include specific compensatory measures or classified safeguards information. Specific compensatory security requirements (which include classified safeguards information) were addressed in separate attachments to the orders and these attachments have not been released to the public.

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Power Plant Security Orders

Order issued to all 104 commercial nuclear power plants to immediately implement interim compensatory security measures.

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Decommissioning Reactor Security Orders

Order issued to 12 decommissioning power reactors.

  • August 18, 2004 - Decommissioning Nuclear Power Plants with Spent Fuel in the Spent Fuel Pool
  • February 27, 2004 - Termination of Interim Safeguards and Security Compensatory Measures for Maine Yankee Atomic Power Company
  • February 27, 2004 - Termination of Interim Safeguards and Security Compensatory Measures for Main Yankee Atomic Power Company
  • May 23, 2002 - Interim Safeguards and Security Compensatory Measures

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Fuel Cycle Facility Security Orders

Orders issued to fuel cycle facilities to implement compensatory security measures.

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Spent Fuel Facility Security Orders

Order issued to implement interim measures to address the current threat environment for wet independent spent fuel storage installations.

Orders issued to implement interim measures to address the current threat environment for dry independent spent fuel storage installations.

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Possession and Shipment of Spent Nuclear Fuel Security Orders

Order issued to all power reactor licensees, research and test reactor licensees, and special nuclear material licensees who possess and ship spent nuclear fuel.

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Possession and Shipment of Radioactive Material Quantities of Concern Security Orders

Orders issued to licensees authorized to possess and transfer items containing radioactive material quantities of concern.

  • July 19, 2005 - Certain Licensees Authorized to Possess and Transfer Items Containing Radioactive Material Quantities of Concern - Additional Security Measures
  • August 2, 2005 - Certain Licensees Authorized to Possess and Transfer Items Containing Radioactive Material Quantities of Concern - Additional Security Measures
  • August 4, 2005 - Research and Test Reactor Licensees - Additional Security Measures

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Panoramic and Underwater Irradiators Possessing Byproduct Material in Sealed Sources Security Orders

Order issued to all panoramic and underwater irradiators authorized to possess greater than 370 TeraBecquerels (10,000 Curies) of byproduct material in the form of sealed sources.

  • June 13, 2003 - Interim Safeguards and Security Compensatory Measures

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Materials Manufacturer and Distributor Security Orders

Orders issued to materials manufacturers and distributors to implement additional security measures.

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Holders of Material Licenses Authorized to Possess Radioactive Material Quantities of Concern

  • November 14, 2005 - Letter issued to Holders of Material Licenses Authorized to Possess Radioactive Material Quantities of Concerns
    • Enclosure 1 - Order Imposing Increased Controls
    • Attachment B - Increased Controls for Licensees that Possess Sources Containing Radioactive Material Quantities of Concern
    • Attachment B - Table 1: Radionuclides of Concern
    • Enclosure 2 - Implementing Guidance with Questions and Answers for Licensees that Possess Radioactive Material Quantities of Concern
    • Supplemental Questions and Answers - February 21, 2007

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Order Imposing Fingerprinting and Criminal History Records Check Requirements for Unescorted Access to Research and Test Reactors (RTRs)

  • April 30, 2007 - Fingerprinting Orders for Unescorted Access to RTFs

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Order Imposing Safeguards Information Protection Requirements and Fingerprinting and Criminal History Records Check Requirements for Access to Safeguards Information

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Order Imposing Fingerprinting and Criminal History Records Check Requirements For Unescorted Access To Certain Radioactive Material

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Page Last Reviewed/Updated Thursday, December 04, 2014