Q&A With NRC Kids: Radiation and Other Questions

Eliot Brenner
Director, Office of Public Affairs
One of the participants in the new video takes a question.
One of the participants in the new video takes a question.

Art Linkletter, a 1950s and ‘60s radio and television host, used to interview children for his show “Kids Say the Darndest Things.” In that spirit, at last year’s “Take your Child to Work Day” at the NRC, we seized the opportunity to see what kids knew about NRC and related matters – and make it into a video.

We asked: Do you know what radiation is? We got a variety of answers – some vague and some spot on (they’ve obviously been listening to their parents).

Then we asked: Do you know what has radiation in it? No, not candy, despite what the kids might think. But yes, bananas and salt, and it also comes from the sun and from the stars, as explained by the NRC expert who answered the question.

Other questions we asked include what do nuclear power plants generate and what is a regulation. We have a variety of NRC experts answering all the questions – and correcting a few misunderstandings.

We hope you enjoy the video, and that teachers and parents can use it to help explain nuclear matters to school-aged children. And we want thank all the kids who participated in this project.


Note: A revised, shortened version of the video is now up!

NRC’s 25th Regulatory Information Conference Kicks Off Next Week; A Look Back at Its History Goes Live Today

Lorna P. Kipfer
RIC 2013 Conference Program Specialist

The NRC’s 25th annual Regulatory Information Conference is being held in Maryland next week, from March 12-14, with an exciting agenda. Attendees will be able to attend technical sessions on a variety of topics associated with operating reactors, new and advanced reactors, fuel cycle facilities, nuclear security, safety research, and safety culture policies.

What’s new this year? You’ll find a Force-on-Force Inspection Program display of tactical equipment used during NRC Force-on-Force inspections and for our tech-savvy attendees we’re offering a mobile optimized agenda page. Other events include tours of the NRC’s Operations Center. Visit here for information on these and other new items offered this year.

Representatives from government, industry, international agencies and other stakeholders are among this year’s registrants.

The first RIC registration in 1989.
The first RIC registration in 1989.

Usually just called the RIC, the conference began in 1989 as a small gathering on nuclear safety regulation. Today, it is the one annual public event where regulators, industry officials, and concerned citizens come together for a collective dialogue on nuclear reactor and materials safety.

In a video posted to YouTube today, NRC Historian Tom Wellock interviews NRC staff and former employees who have been important to the start and development of the RIC.

At this year’s RIC, NRC Chairman, Allison M. Macfarlane will deliver the keynote remarks to open the first session. Bill Borchardt, NRC’s Executive Director for Operations will follow with his presentation. Plenary sessions with Commissioners Kristine L. Svinicki, George Apostolakis, William D. Magwood, and William C. Ostendorff are included throughout the program.

The RIC is open to industry representatives, stakeholders and members of the public and admission is free. You can register onsite. More information is available on the RIC website.

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