Summary: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, NRC, was established by the Energy Reorganization Act of 1974. Prompted from a need to regulate the uses of nuclear material in private and commercial applications after World War II, the United State government developed the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) in 1946. The law established in 1946 created a monopoly, through the United States government, on nuclear research and development into military aspects of nuclear energy. By 1954, Congress passed a new Atomic Energy Act that would change the focus of research and development from military uses to energy production and commercial applications. The AEC wanted to push the commercial energy production so that the United States would stay ahead in the scientific
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