Nuclear Power: Plants Have Upgraded Security, but the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Needs to Improve Its Process for Revising the Design Basis Threat

Nuclear Power: Plants Have Upgraded Security, but the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Needs to Improve Its Process for Revising the Design Basis Threat

Date: April 4, 2006
Creator: United States. Government Accountability Office.
Description: Testimony issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "The nation's commercial nuclear power plants are potential targets for terrorists seeking to cause the release of radioactive material. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), an independent agency headed by five commissioners, regulates and oversees security at the plants. In April 2003, in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, NRC revised the design basis threat (DBT), which describes the threat that plants must be prepared to defend against in terms of the number of attackers and their training, weapons, and tactics. NRC also restructured its program for testing security at the plants through force-on-force inspections (mock terrorist attacks). This testimony addresses the following: (1) the process NRC used to develop the April 2003 DBT for nuclear power plants, (2) the actions nuclear power plants have taken to enhance security in response to the revised DBT, and (3) NRC's efforts to strengthen the conduct of its force-on-force inspections. This testimony is based on GAO's report on security at nuclear power plants, issued on March 14, 2006 (GAO-06-388)."
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Information Report by Atomic Power Development Associates Covering Work from the Period August 1, 1954 to January 31, 1955

Information Report by Atomic Power Development Associates Covering Work from the Period August 1, 1954 to January 31, 1955

Date: January 31, 1955
Creator: unknown
Description: Report issued by the APDA over the work conducted between August 1954 and January 1955. Descriptions of the studies, facilities, and equipment used during this time are presented. This report includes tables, illustrations, and photographs.
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Study of Thermal Properties of Irradiation-induced Stainless Steels Used in the Development of Nuclear Reactors

Study of Thermal Properties of Irradiation-induced Stainless Steels Used in the Development of Nuclear Reactors

Date: April 14, 2011
Creator: Londono, Mauricio & Choi, Tae-Youl
Description: This poster discusses a research study of thermal properties of irradiation-induced stainless steels used in the development of nuclear reactors. The purpose of this research is to further investigate the conduction of stainless steels at the grain level when subjected to intense radiation and high temperatures for efficient heat exchanger design and prediction of material failure.
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UNT Research, Volume 18, 2009

UNT Research, Volume 18, 2009

Date: 2009
Creator: University of North Texas
Description: UNT Research magazine includes articles and notes about research at University of North Texas in various academic fields.
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Nuclear Power in an Age of Uncertainty

Nuclear Power in an Age of Uncertainty

Date: February 1984
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: An assessment by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that examines "the future of nuclear power in this country, and how the technology and institutions might be changed to reduce the problems now besetting the nuclear option" (p. iii).
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Nuclear Power: Analysis of Regional Differences and Improved Access to Information Could Strengthen NRC Oversight

Nuclear Power: Analysis of Regional Differences and Improved Access to Information Could Strengthen NRC Oversight

Date: September 27, 2013
Creator: United States. Government Accountability Office.
Description: A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) relies on its staff's professional judgment in implementing its processes for overseeing the safety of U.S. commercial nuclear power reactors. In implementing this oversight, NRC allocates specific roles and responsibilities to resident inspectors assigned to each plant, regional officials at one of four regional offices responsible for most oversight activities, headquarters officials, and the nuclear power industry. NRC also builds into its processes incentives for plant managers to identify concerns about reactor safety, report those concerns to NRC, and take prompt actions to correct them. NRC's processes for identifying and assessing findings and violations are based on prescribed agency procedures and include several points where NRC staff must exercise their professional judgment, such as determining whether issues of concern identified during physical inspections constitute findings or violations and the risk significance of any findings or the severity of any violations, among other things."
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