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Nuclear Regulatory Commission

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Agency overview


To license and regulate the nation’s civilian use of radioactive materials to protect public health and safety, promote the common defense and security and protect the environment.

Current priorities

  • Nuclear Medicine: developing use of radioactive materials as a safer medical treatment
  • Fire Protection: study behavior or fire to produce more effective detection and prevention
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response: handle emergencies involving radioactive materials, including those related to reactors affected by natural disasters and acts of terrorism


A five-member commission leads the NRC, which has 26 offices and three committees and boards. Review NRC’s organizational structure to learn more about the offices that interest you.


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