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AmeriScan: October 18, 2000


WASHINGTON, DC, October 18, 2000 (ENS) - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued a five year Strategic Plan describing the agency's mission, the outcomes it plans to achieve and how it will determine whether it has achieved success through fiscal year 2005. The plan emphasizes protection of public health and safety as the NRC's highest priority in the regulation of nuclear power plants, nuclear fuel cycle facilities, nuclear waste disposal, and the industrial and medical uses of nuclear materials. But, said chairman Richard Meserve, "To be a successful regulator, we must consider the effects of our decisions on the public and the industries we regulate. Therefore, to accomplish our mission in the coming years, our performance goals in the strategic plan also include making our activities and decisions more effective and efficient, enhancing public confidence, and reducing unnecessary regulatory burden."

The plan includes goals, strategies and performance measures for the agency's four business areas. Regarding nuclear reactor and materials safety, the agency’s primary goals are preventing radiation related deaths and illnesses, promoting defense and security, and protecting the environment. The agency aims to "prevent significant adverse impacts from radioactive waste to the current and future public health and safety and the environment," from nuclear wastes. The plan also covers international nuclear safety support, with a goal of supporting U.S. interests in the safe and secure use of nuclear materials and in nuclear nonproliferation. The NRC has also developed corporate management strategies which describe how the agency will accomplish its strategic and performance goals. The NRC issued its first Strategic Plan in September 1997 and is required to update it every three years. The Strategic Plan is available at http://www.nrc.gov/NRC/NUREGS/SR1614/V2/index.html

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