Uranium Enrichment in Transition: From a DOE to an NRC Regulatory Environment
The gaseous diffusion uranium enrichment plants at Paducah, KY, and Piketon, OH, were built in the early 1950s to support the nation's nuclear weapons program. As the need for nuclear weapon production dwindled in the past two decades, the plants began producing enriched uranium exclusively for civilian power reactors around the world. This paper discusses the transition from a U.S. Department of Energy regulatory structure to one of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
This abstract was presented at the 32nd Annual Midyear Meeting, "Creation and Future Legacy of Stockpile Stewardship Isotope Production, Applications, and Consumption", External Regulation of DOE Facilities Session, 1/24/1999 - 1/27/1999, held in Albuquerque, NM.