CREATORWalker, J. Samuel / Wellock, Thomas Raymond
TITLEShort History of Nuclear Regulation, 1946-2009
DATE PUBLISHEDSeptember 2010
DATE ACCESSED7 December 2016

This web-based document recounts the history of the bureaucratic organizations, legislation, and people involved in forming nuclear regulatory policies of the United States from 1946 to 2009. The site documents the early role of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) in regulating civilian nuclear energy programs, its eventual dissolution, and the later formation of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to regulate civilian nuclear power. The history covers the significant controversies that the regulatory agencies faced over the years concerning such issues as radiation and fallout safety. It also addresses the impact of the accident at Three-Mile Island, the disaster at Chernobyl, and the terrorist attack of 2001. Though not comprehensive in the perspectives it offers or the events it covers, the site’s chronicle would be useful to people desiring an overview of the past half-century of nuclear regulation. This web page is part of the official site for the NRC.

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