Extensive security measures for nuclear materials have always been in place and today's regulations, safeguards and standards enable nuclear professionals to address potential security threats.
The NRC and its predecessor, the Atomic Energy Commission, have regulated the use of radioactive materials since 1946. Improved performance on safety and reliability indicators demonstrate how professionals translate their experience into advanced technologies.
The design of all nuclear facilities emphasizes the reliability of internal systems, redundancy and diversity of key safety systems, and strong physical barriers to prevent incidents that could pose a threat to public health and safety. Technical cooperation among nuclear professionals around the world contributes to superior safety records.
Potential threats to material accountability or physical protection are evaluated according to technical studies and information received from intelligence experts, federal law enforcement agencies, and the international community.
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