Report to Congress on the Security Inspection Program for Commercial Nuclear Power Reactors and Category I Fuel Cycle Facilities: Results and Status Update (Annual Report for Calendar Year 2018) (NUREG-1885, Revision 12)

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Manuscript Completed: July 2019
Date Published: September 2019

Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

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This report fulfills the requirements of Section 170D.e of Chapter 14 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 (42 United States Code (U.S.C.) §2210d.e), as amended, which states, "[n]ot less often than once each year, the Commission shall submit to the Committee on Environment and Public Works of the Senate and the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives a report, in classified form and unclassified form, that describes the results of each security response evaluation conducted and any relevant corrective action taken by a licensee during the previous year." This is the 14th annual report and covers calendar year (CY) 2018. In addition to information on the security response evaluation program (force-on-force (FOF) inspections), the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is providing additional information regarding the overall security performance of the commercial nuclear power industry and Category I (CAT I) fuel cycle facilities to keep Congress and the public informed of the NRC's efforts to protect public health and safety and the common defense and security through the effective regulation of the Nation's commercial nuclear power facilities and strategic special nuclear material (SSNM).

This report describes the results of the NRC's security inspection program, including the nuclear reactor security baseline inspection program, and exercises conducted as part of the FOF inspections. The reporting period covered is January 1, 2018, through December 31, 2018.

Conducting FOF exercises and implementing the security inspection program are just two of a number of regulatory activities that the NRC performs to ensure the secure and safe use and management of radioactive and nuclear materials by the commercial nuclear power industry and CAT I fuel cycle facilities. In support of these activities, the NRC uses relevant intelligence information and vulnerability analyses to determine realistic and practical security requirements and mitigative strategies. The NRC also takes a risk-informed, graded approach to establish appropriate regulatory controls, to enhance its inspection efforts, to assess the deficiencies by licensees of commercial nuclear power reactors and CAT I fuel cycle facilities. The NRC also relies on interagency cooperation to develop an integrated approach to the security of nuclear facilities and to contribute to the NRC's comprehensive evaluation of licensee security performance.

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