Reactor Oversight Process (NUREG-1649, Revision 4)
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Date Published: December 2006
Office of Public Affairs
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has an established oversight process to inspect, measure, and assess the safety performance of commercial nuclear power plants and to respond to any decline in plant performance. The Reactor Oversight Process focuses inspections on areas of greatest risks, applies greater regulatory attention where there are plant performance problems, uses objective measurements of performance, gives the public timely and understandable assessments of plant performance, and provides responses to violations in a predictable and consistent manner that corresponds to the safety significance of the problem.