United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Frequently Asked Questions About the Fundamental Nuclear Material Control Plan

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Which licensees must submit a Fundamental Nuclear Control (FNMC) plan?

An FNMC plan is required for all licensees authorized to possess more than 1 effective kilogram of special nuclear material, with the exception of a production or utilization facility (i.e., a reactor) or operations involved in waste disposal.

What must the FNMC plan contain?

The FNMC plan describes what the licensee will do to control and account for the special nuclear material and how the licensee will do it.

What are NRC?s requirements for an acceptable FNMC plan?

NRC?s acceptance criteria and related information is found in the following documents:

  • NUREG-1065, Acceptable Standard Format and Content for Fundamental Nuclear Material Control (FNMC) Plan Required for Low-Enriched Uranium Facilities
  • NUREG-1280, Standard Format and Content/Acceptance Criteria for the Material Control and Accounting Reform Amendment
  • NUREG/CR-5734, Recommendations to the NRC on Acceptable Standard Format and Content for the Fundamental Nuclear Material Control Plan Required for Low-Enriched Uranium Enrichment Facilities

When must NRC approve changes to an FNMC plan?

NRC must give prior approval for new approaches or changes that reduce effectiveness of the Material Control and Accounting program. NRC must be notified of any other changes, even if they do not reduce the effectiveness of program.

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Page Last Reviewed/Updated Thursday, January 17, 2013