Frequent Questions

How is EPA involved with the regulation and safety of nuclear power plants?

Several federal agencies play a role in nuclear power plant safety.

EPA's role in nuclear power generation is to set public health and environmental radiation protection standards. To learn more, please visit, Environmental Radiation Protection Standards for Nuclear Power Operations (40 CFR Part 190).

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is responsible for licensing facilities, commercial use of nuclear materials, facility inspection and the creation of standards and regulations for nuclear power plant safety. To see more on the NRC’s role, please visit: Nuclear Security and Safeguards.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) oversees radiological emergency response planning for state and local authorities in the event of a nuclear power plant incident. To learn more, please visit FEMA's webpage about Nuclear Power Plants: Nuclear Power Plants.

For links to more information, please visit Radiation Information from Other Agencies.

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