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Enforcement Statutory Authority and Regulations

Statutory Authority. The NRC's enforcement jurisdiction is drawn from the Atomic Energy Act (AEA) of 1954, as amended, and the Energy Reorganization Act (ERA) of 1974, as amended.

Section 161 of the AEA authorizes the NRC to conduct inspections and investigations and to issue orders.

Section 186 of the AEA authorizes the NRC to revoke licenses under certain circumstances.

Section 234 of the AEA authorizes the NRC to impose civil penalties not to exceed $100,000 per violation per day.

For the most recent dollar amounts, please see the Enforcement Policy.

In addition, the Administrative Dispute Resolution Act of 1996 (ADRA), 5 U.S.C. §§ 571-584, provides the statutory framework for the Federal Government to use alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

Regulations. The NRC's regulations are found in Chapter I of Title 10, "Energy," of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Chapter I is divided into Parts 1 through 199. The following are the principal parts governing enforcement:

The NRC's policies and procedures in initiating enforcement actions and the responsibilities of the presiding officers and the Commission in reviewing these actions is included in the NRC's Enforcement Policy.

Page Last Reviewed/Updated Tuesday, January 14, 2020