Atomic Energy Act of 1954

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Atomic Energy Act of 1954
Great Seal of the United States.
Long title An Act to amend the Atomic Energy Act of 1946, as amended, and for other purposes.
Enacted by the  83rd United States Congress
Effective August 30, 1954
Citations
Public Law 83-703
Stat. 68 Stat. 919
Codification
Title(s) amended 42 U.S.C.: Public Health and Social Welfare
U.S.C. section(s) amended 42 U.S.C. ch. 14
Legislative history
  • Introduced in the House as H.R. 9757 by William S. Cole (R-NY) on June 30, 1954
  • Passed the House on July 26, 1954 (231-154)
  • Passed the Senate on July 27, 1954 (57-28, in lieu of S. 3690)
  • Reported by the joint conference committee on August ?, 1954; agreed to by the Senate on August 17, 1954 (59-17) and by the House on August ?, 1954 (without recorded vote)
  • Signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on August 30, 1954
President Eisenhower signs the bill in an official signing ceremony.

The Atomic Energy Act of 1954, 42 U.S.C. § 2011 et seq., is a United States federal law that is, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, "the fundamental U.S. law on both the civilian and the military uses of nuclear materials." [1] It covers the laws for the development, regulation, and disposal of nuclear materials and facilities in the United States.

It was an amendment to the Atomic Energy Act of 1946 and substantially refined certain aspects of the law, including increased support for the possibility of a civilian nuclear industry. Notably it made it possible for the government to allow private companies to gain technical information (Restricted Data) about nuclear energy production and the production of fissile materials, allowing for greater exchange of information with foreign nations as part of Eisenhower's Atoms for Peace program, and reversed certain provisions in the 1946 law which had made it impossible to patent processes for generating nuclear energy or fissile materials.

The H.R. 9757 legislation was passed by the 83rd U.S. Congressional session and signed into law by President Dwight Eisenhower on August 30, 1954.[2]

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  1. ^ "NRC: Our Governing Legislation: Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as Amended in NUREG-0980". U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Retrieved April 7, 2006. 
  2. ^ Peters,Gerhard; Woolley, John T. "Dwight D. Eisenhower: "Statement by the President Upon Signing the Atomic Energy Act of 1954.," August 30, 1954". The American Presidency Project. University of California - Santa Barbara. Retrieved September 2, 2013. 

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