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SIXTH WARREN K. SINCLAIR KEYNOTE ADDRESS: THE ROLE OF A STRONG REGULATOR IN SAFE AND SECURE NUCLEAR ENERGY

Lyons, Peter B.*

doi: 10.1097/HP.0b013e3181f6e76e
Sixth Warren K. Sinclair Keynote Address: Paper

The history of nuclear regulation is briefly reviewed to underscore the early recognition that independence of the regulator was essential in achieving and maintaining public credibility. The current licensing process is reviewed along with the status of applications. Challenges faced by both the NRC and the industry are reviewed, such as new construction techniques involving modular construction, digital controls replacing analog circuitry, globalization of the entire supply chain, and increased security requirements. The vital area of safety culture is discussed in some detail, and its importance is emphasized.

* Past Honorable Commissioner of U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Energy; Washington, DC 20585-0001.

For correspondence contact the author at the above address. or email at peter.lyons@hg.doe.gov.

(Manuscript accepted 12 August 2011)

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