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NNSA Updates Export Control Regulation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) updated the Federal rule (10 CFR Part 810, or Part 810) that regulates the export of unclassified nuclear technology and assistance. The final rule was published in the Federal Register on Feb. 23 and will go into effect on March 25, 2015. Part 810 enables civil nuclear trade by ensuring that nuclear technology and assistance exported from the United States will be used for peaceful purposes only.

The revision was initiated by NNSA in 2011 and this final version takes into account comments received from industry, academia, and other interested parties during the four-year rulemaking process. As the first comprehensive update to the rule since 1986, this revision makes Part 810 consistent with current global civil nuclear trade practices and the president’s U.S. export control reform.

To assist with implementing the changes for those in the industry and academia, NNSA is:

  • Publishing a guidance document intended to guide industry and research institutions step by step through the rule changes.
  • Publishing a FAQs document to help nuclear industry understand how the rule changes affect them.
  • Participating in regional events and town halls where NNSA will be speaking about the rule.

Recognizing the importance of nuclear technology in today’s society, NNSA has made Part 810 into a regulation that both meets the requirement to ensure peaceful uses of nuclear power and the expanded use of nuclear technology worldwide. The updated rule is in line with and supports the President’s export control reform initiative. To view a copy of the new rule on the Federal Register, visit the Federal Register site:

The 10 CFR Part 810 regulation page, with supporting documents, can be found by visiting the NNSA website here.

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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; works to reduce global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.