What We Regulate
NRC regulates the operation of 96 commercial nuclear power reactors that generate electricity. For more information about power reactors, see the location map, list of power reactors, and NRC Project Managers.
It also regulates about 31 research and test reactors located primarily at universities where they are used for research, testing, and training. For more information about research and test reactors, see the location map, and NRC Project Managers.
NRC also regulates the design, siting, construction, and operation of new commercial nuclear power facilities. For more information about new reactors, see the New Reactors website
How We Regulate
NRC regulates reactor operations through a combination of regulatory requirements; licensing; safety oversight, including inspection, assessment of performance and enforcement; operational experience evaluation; and regulatory support activities. For details of the first four components, see:
See our How We Regulate page for more information.
Page Last Reviewed/Updated Wednesday, May 20, 2020