Nuclear Reactors, Materials, and Waste Sector Resources

The Department of Homeland Security as Sector-Specific Agency, along with other government agencies, offer a wide array of free tools and resources to government and private sector partners to enable the Nuclear Reactors, Materials, and Waste Sector mission.

Sector-Wide Resources

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

U.S. Department of State

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Established as the world's center for  cooperation in the nuclear field and works with its member states and multiple partners worldwide to promote safe, secure, and peaceful nuclear technologies.

Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA)

NEA’s mission is to assist member countries in maintaining and further developing their industry through international cooperation under  scientific, technological, and legal bases that support  the safe, environmentally-friendly, and economical use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI)

World Institute of Nuclear Security (WINS)

WINS's mission is to provide an international forum for those accountable for nuclear security to share and promote the implementation of best security practices.

Nuclear Facilities

NRC: Nuclear Reactors

An overview of NRC’s regulation of U.S. commercial nuclear plants.

U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

A source for data, statistics, and analysis on nuclear power.

Ready.Gov: Nuclear Power Plant Emergency

Information developed by FEMA to be considered in the event of a nuclear power plant emergency.

Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program

FEMA's Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program ensures that the health and safety of citizens living around commercial nuclear power plants is adequately protected in the event of a nuclear power plant accident and informs and educates the public about radiological emergency preparedness.

Nuclear Materials

NRC: Nuclear Materials

An overview of NRC’s regulation of nuclear materials.

Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI)

GTRI coordinates  with U.S. partners, such as hospitals, universities, and industry, to provide voluntary security enhancements to prevent terrorists from acquiring radiological materials.

Department of Transportation (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)

Information on PHMSA outreach, training, seminars, and workshops.

Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD)

CRCPD's mission is to promote consistency in addressing and resolving radiation protection issues, to encourage high standards of quality in radiation protection programs, and to provide leadership in radiation safety and education initiatives.

Organization of Agreement States (OAS)

The OAS provides a mechanism for the “Agreement States” to work with each other and with NRC on regulatory issues associated with their respective agreements.

Health Physics Society (HPS)

Provides information and answers to questions about radiation, radiation safety, and protection.

Nuclear Waste

NRC: Radioactive Waste

An overview of NRC’s regulation of nuclear waste.

U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board (NWTRB)

The NWTRB is an independent agency whose sole purpose is to provide independent scientific and technical oversight of the Department of Energy's program for managing and disposing of high-level radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel.

DOE/NNSA/GTRI's Offsite Source Recovery Project

The program's mission is to remove excess, unwanted, abandoned, or orphan radioactive sealed sources that pose a potential risk to health, safety, and national security.

Final Report of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future

The Commission’s January 2012 report to the Secretary of Energy outlines their findings, conclusions, and recommendations covering “the back end of the nuclear fuel cycle.”

Nuclear Sector Cybersecurity Framework Implementation Guidance

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released the voluntary Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (Framework) in February 2014 to provide a common language that critical infrastructure organizations can use to assess and manage their cybersecurity risk. The Framework enables an organization—regardless of its sector, size, degree of risk, or cybersecurity sophistication—to apply the principles and effective practices of cyber risk management to improve the security and resilience of its critical infrastructure.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as the Sector-Specific Agency (SSA), worked with the Nuclear Reactors, Materials, and Waste Resources Sector Coordinating Council (SCC) and Government Coordinating Council (GCC) to develop the Nuclear Sector Cybersecurity Framework Implementation Guidance specifically for Nuclear Sector owners and operators. This Implementation Guidance provides Nuclear Sector organizations with:

  • Background on the Framework terminology, concepts, and benefits of its use.
  • A mapping of existing cybersecurity tools and resources used in the Nuclear Sector that can support Framework implementation.
  • Detailed Framework implementation steps tailored for Nuclear Sector owners and operators.

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