NRC Emergency Classification
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Author:  KingCobra [ Sun Aug 09, 2015 2:36 pm ]
Post subject:  NRC Emergency Classification

An Emergency Classification is one of a set of names or titles established by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for grouping off-normal events or conditions according to (1) potential or actual effects or consequences, and (2) resulting onsite and offsite response actions. The emergency classification levels, in ascending order of severity, are Notification of Unusual Event (NOUE), Alert, Site Area Emergency (SAE), and General Emergency (GE). Both nuclear power plants and research and test reactors use these emergency classification as defined below. The vast majority of events reported to the NRC are routine in nature and do not require activation of our incident response program. For information on how we respond to an event that could threaten public health and safety

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Author:  KingCobra [ Sun Aug 09, 2015 2:36 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: NRC Emergency Classification

I find the use of "off-normal" to be funny. I give them credit though, because all of these four levels are still officially considered part of the "Emergency Classification" even with the use of the term "off-normal" :lol:

1. Notification of Unusual Event (NOUE) often just mentioned as an "unusual event"

2. Alert

3. Site Area Emergency (SAE)

4. General Emergency - This is the highest level of emergency available for a nuclear plant (Fukushima like event) and I find it funny (I believe no accident) that they appear to use the word "general" to downplay the seriousness, much like above using "off-normal" to describe emergency classification events of concern.

Here is the official link to the NRC for more detailed information. Please note that for nuclear materials and fuel cycle facility licensees, there are different alerts. These can be found at the same link, here:

Author:  KingCobra [ Tue Jun 14, 2016 9:34 am ]
Post subject:  Re: NRC Emergency Classification


:!: This information is worth re-reading if you have not already seen it.

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