Protecting Our Nation: A Report of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NUREG/BR-0314, Revision 2)
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Date Published: June 2011
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001
The NRC is committed to protecting public health and safety, promoting the common defense and security, and protecting the environment. The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, reaffirmed the need for collective vigilance, enhanced security, and improved emergency preparedness and incident response capabilities across the Nation’s critical infrastructure. As a result, the NRC thoroughly evaluated the agency’s security programs and enhanced security at NRC-regulated facilities.
The events of September 11, 2001, also highlighted the need to reexamine the organization of the NRC itself. As a result, the NRC created the Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response in April 2002 to more effectively deal with security issues. In addition to reassigning staff from other areas within the NRC, the Office hired outside experts in security with civilian and military experience. Today, NRC-regulated nuclear facilities are among the most secure in the Nation’s critical infrastructure.
This document describes the highlights of a comprehensive sequence of actions that the NRC has taken to strengthen the security of U.S. nuclear facilities and the protection of radioactive materials and includes ongoing initiatives to ensure that NRC-regulated facilities are equipped to respond to current and future security challenges.