The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and How It Works (NUREG/BR-0256)

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Date Published: August 2000

Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards
Office of Federal and State Materials and Environmental Management Programs
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001


This brochure describes the programs used by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to fulfill its primary mission for the regulation of the Nation's civilian use of byproduct, source, and special nuclear materials to ensure the adequate protection of the public's health, safety, and environment. It will briefly provide some historical perspectives and legislative mandates, describe the major NRC programs as well as how the NRC goals are accomplished, and discuss the mechanisms by which NRC oversight is implemented. Finally, it will provide information on NRC's administrative and rulemaking processes as well as dicsuss participation opportunities available to the public that can assist NRC in its regulatory oversight mission. It has been developed for use by members of the public, licensees and certificate holders, and new NRC staff.

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