Fundamentals of Nuclear Regulation in the United States
Fundamentals of Nuclear Regulation in the United States is a straightforward primer on a complex area of law that is gaining attention as the world seeks alternative sources of energy. As policymakers, the media, and the public consider what role nuclear energy should play in promoting U.S. energy independence and curtailing greenhouse gas emissions, this book examines the full spectrum of issues associated with nuclear regulation. The first few chapters provide an overview of the fundamental elements of the regulatory program including the principal offices of the NRC and their functions, as well as of the rulemaking, licensing, hearing, inspection, and enforcement processes. The remainder of the book builds on this overview by highlighting selected current regulatory issues. This primer is co-authored by Morgan Lewis partner and former Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Regional Counsel Jay M. Gutierrez and nuclear regulatory lawyer Alex Polonsky. An index and detailed glossary are included to assist the reader through the terminology unique to the nuclear industry.