Safety of Spent Fuel Transportation (NUREG/BR-0292, Revision 1)
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Date Published: August 2016
Office of Public Affairs
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001
The NRC regulates the nuclear fuel cycle from beginning to end. Starting when the uranium is taken from the ground, the NRC oversees its processing and manufacture into fuel to be used in reactors. The NRC also plays a role in ensuring the safe transportation, storage, and permanent geologic disposal of used fuel.
The NRC works to protect public health and safety, the environment, and our national security. To keep the public's confidence, the NRC aims to do its work openly and to be effective, efficient, and realistic.
Proper handling of nuclear materials helps to protect the safety of the public and plant workers. To achieve this aim, the NRC works with the DOT and DOE in the United States, and with the IAEA internationally. Together, these agencies help make sure nuclear materials are packaged and transported safely around the world.
This publication explains the NRC's role in the safe packaging and transport of spent nuclear fuel from commercial nuclear power plants. The NRC oversees the design, manufacture, use, and maintenance of containers for these radioactive shipments. However, the NRC does not control the timing or destination of spent fuel shipments.