Public Involvement in Enforcement
Public involvement and information about the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's activities is a cornerstone of
strong, fair regulation of the nuclear industry. The NRC recognizes the public's interest in the proper
regulation of nuclear activities and provides opportunities for citizens to make their opinions known. This page
describes the various ways the public may get involved in the NRC's enforcement program.
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NOTE: Please be aware that any comments that you submit to the NRC will be considered a public record and entered
into the agency's electronic record keeping system.
Commenting on the Enforcement Policy or Program
The public may always provide general comments on the enforcement program or Enforcement Policy. If you would like to send a
comment, please use our online form to Contact Us About
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NRC Enforcement Policy
The NRC Enforcement Policy (Policy) sets forth the general principles governing the NRC's enforcement program and
the Commission's expectations regarding the process to be used by the staff to assess and disposition violations
of NRC requirements. Revisions to the Policy are periodically made to reflect any changes to the
Commission's expectations regarding the NRC's enforcement program.
Public Involvement in the Revisions to the Enforcement Policy
Prior to revising the Policy, the NRC will normally publish a notice of availability of draft changes and request for
comments on proposed revisions to the Policy in the Federal Register. During the comment period,
members of the public may provide comments on the proposed changes. Additional information, including proposed
changes to the Policy, is located at the NRC's
Enforcement Policy page.
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
The enforcement Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Process
pilot program concluded. The results of the pilot indicated that the use of ADR in certain kinds of enforcement
cases was generally successful. Based on the results of the pilot, improvements were made to the ADR process and the
agency will continue to use this process for certain kinds of enforcement cases.
Meetings and Workshops
From time to time, the NRC conducts meetings or workshops to address specific enforcement issues. These meetings may
be conducted in the Washington, D.C. area or in the areas around the NRC's four regional offices. In some cases,
meetings may be held in the community near a nuclear power plant or other facility to make it easier for the public
to participate. Meetings and workshops will be listed on our Public Meeting Schedule page.
Attending Predecisional Enforcement and Regulatory Conferences
Predecisional enforcement conferences are often held with a licensee, a vendor, or other person before the NRC makes
its final decision on a significant enforcement action. Regulatory Conferences are conducted (in lieu of
predecisional enforcement conferences) when apparent violations are associated with findings evaluated by the
reactor oversight process's Significance Determination Process. In most cases, these conferences are open to
public observation. See our page on Upcoming
Hearing Opportunities in Enforcement Proceedings
The NRC provides opportunities for members of the public to request hearings in enforcement proceedings. See Hearing Opportunities and License
Applications for current information on opportunities to request a hearing in major enforcement proceedings.
Reporting Safety or Security Concerns
Often workers at nuclear power plants or members of the public raise concerns that safety rules are not being
followed at the facilities where they work or near where they live. The NRC has established a formal process for
reviewing and resolving these concerns.
The NRC encourages workers in the nuclear industry to take their concerns directly to their employer because he or
she has the primary responsibility for maintaining safe operations. However, should employees not be satisfied by
company response or choose to bring their safety concerns directly to the NRC, they may Report a Safety or Security Concern through
NRC's toll-free safety hotline. Any member of the public may voice safety concerns in this same manner. Learn
more by visiting our Allegations page or consulting our
brochure "Reporting Safety Concerns."
Petitions for Enforcement Action Under 10 CFR 2.206
In accordance with Part 2.206 of NRC's
regulations, any member of the public may raise potential health and safety issues in a petition to the NRC
requesting that the NRC take specific enforcement action regarding a licensed, operating facility. To learn more
about this process, see our detailed instructions: Petition the NRC To Take an Enforcement Action.
Page Last Reviewed/Updated Tuesday, July 28, 2020