How Reactor Safety is Assured in the United States

  • Robert J. Budnitz


This is the first of four lectures* that I will give in this School. The main goal of this talk will be a description of the present system in the United States for assuring the safety of large nuclear power reactors. The second talk will cover risk assessment and its use in reactor safety and regulation. The last two talks will discuss the recent accident at Three Mile Island. This talk will begin with a description of the underlying safety philosophy, including which institutions have the various responsibilities. I will then proceed to discuss how the safety assurance system is implemented, how oversight is accomplished outside of the system itself, and how feedback occurs to improve the system. Finally, some issues and problems with the system will be discussed.


Fission Product Nuclear Regulatory Commission Reactor Safety Regulatory Staff Hearing Process 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert J. Budnitz
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  1. 1.U.S. Nuclear Regulatory CommissionUSA

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