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The AEC reexamined and revised its regulatory procedures to meet the new demands, and the regulatory requirements continued to evolve.

The readers should note that after a number of debates and discussions on the subject of the AEC’s role as the proponent of nuclear power, and the regulator of nuclear power, in January 1974, under Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, the U.S. Congress established a new independent organization as Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The regulatory framework formed by the AEC remained intact for a while, however, was evolved later to incorporate the experiences gained from the operating reactors.

Though this chapter of the book focuses on the containment structures of the operating reactors, the following discussion briefly describes the overall regulatory framework under which the operating reactors have been reviewed and licensed.

The readers can find the NRCs regulations in Chapter I of Title 10, “Energy,” of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Chapter I is divided into Parts 1 through 199. The relevant parts are briefly discussed in Section 2.4.

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