Nuclear power accounts for approximately 20 percent of our nation's electrical generation, provided by 100 commercial nuclear reactors licensed to operate at 62 nuclear power plants.
The sector includes:
- Nuclear power plants.
- Non-power nuclear reactors used for research, testing, and training.
- Manufacturers of nuclear reactors or components.
- Radioactive materials used primarily in medical, industrial, and academic settings.
- Nuclear fuel cycle facilities.
- Decommissioned nuclear power reactors.
- Transportation, storage, and disposal of nuclear and radioactive waste.
The sector is interdependent with other critical infrastructure sectors:
- Chemical Sector, as a consumer of chemicals through the nuclear fuel cycle and at reactor sites.
- Energy Sector, as a supplier of electricity to our nation's electrical grid.
- Healthcare and Public Health Sector, as a supplier of nuclear medicine, radiopharmaceuticals, and in the sterilization of blood and surgical supplies.
- Transportation Systems Sector, through the movement of radioactive materials.
The Nuclear Reactors, Materials, and Waste Sector-Specific Plan (PDF, 142 pages - 1.62 MB) details how the National Infrastructure Protection Plan risk management framework is implemented within the context of the unique characteristics and risk landscape of the sector. Each Sector-Specific Agency develops a sector-specific plan through a coordinated effort involving its public and private sector partners. The Department of Homeland Security is designated as the Sector-Specific Agency for the Nuclear Reactors, Materials, and Waste Sector.
For additional information, please contact the Nuclear Sector-Specific Agency at NuclearSSA@hq.dhs.gov.