The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s International Assistance Program From the Atomic Energy Commission to Today (NUREG/BR-0530)

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Date Published: February 2022

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001


Under the coordination of the Office of International Programs (OIP), the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) international activities support U.S. foreign policy objectives and are integral to the agency’s mission to protect the nation’s public health, common defense, and security. The NRC’s international assistance program seeks to enhance the capability of foreign regulatory counterparts to safely and securely regulate their nation’s nuclear power programs and use of radioactive material. While this assistance usually does not bring direct, tangible benefits to the NRC, these efforts contribute to broader U.S. Government interests and the global nuclear safety and security community. This overview of the program discusses the long history of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) and the NRC’s international assistance programs and how the rationale for the program, as well as its scale and scope, have evolved through the influence of domestic and international events, the maturation of the nuclear industry, and the development of the NRC’s regulatory programs.

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