Plant Operations, Environmental Events, Actions

Atomic Energy Commission


Congress established the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) with the Atomic Energy Act of 1946 and gave civilian control over atomic energy.

Although a civilian commission, the AEC oversaw all U.S. nuclear:

  • science and technology
  • development
  • production
  • promotion
  • regulation
  • testing
1950-1952
1962
Nuclear Power Plant

The Atomic Energy Act Amendment of 1954 allowed the development of commercial nuclear power.  
In 1965, the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP) switched from enriching uranium for bombs to enriching uranium for nuclear reactors.

1965
1971-1980
Nuclear Regulatory Commission

In 1975, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA) took over the responsibilities of the AEC
The ERDA assumed responsibilities for uranium enrichment.

US Department of Energy



Then in October 1977, the ERDA's functions were transferred
to the newly created Department of Energy (DOE).

1986
1988-1992
1993-1996
1997-1998
2000-2001
2004-2005
2006
2006