Last updated on: 3/2/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“You put us as Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question ‘Can alternative energy effectively replace fossil fuels?’ We are, in fact, a regulatory agency. We have NO position on nuclear power. The promotional part of the old Atomic Energy Commission became the Department of Energy. The regulatory part became the NRC. So I’m not certain we belong on a Web site that is debating something where we are not part of the debate. If this country has nuclear power plants, we will ensure they are operating safely and security. We do not advocate their existence nor discourage their safe and secure operation.”

Email to ProCon.org from the NRC Office of Public Affairs, Feb. 20, 2009

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) was created as an independent agency by Congress in 1974 to enable the nation to safely use radioactive materials for beneficial civilian purposes while ensuring that people and the environment are protected. The NRC regulates commercial nuclear power plants and other uses of nuclear materials, such as in nuclear medicine, through licensing, inspection and enforcement of its requirements.”

“About NRC,” www.nrc.gov (accessed Dec. 22, 2008)

Mission:

“To regulate the nation’s civilian use of byproduct, source, and special nuclear materials to ensure adequate protection of public health and safety, to promote the common defense and security, and to protect the environment.”

“About NRC,” www.nrc.gov (accessed Dec. 22, 2008)

Other:
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Quoted in:
  1. Is Nuclear Power Safe for Humans and the Environment?