NRC Pen Pals

May 6, 2014
Dave Lochbaum
Former contributor

Nuclear Energy Activist Toolkit #29

Wikipedia defines pen pals as being people who regularly write each other. It’s wicked easy to become an NRC pen pal. And you can’t beat the price—free.

2972528931_ff5228f2ae_zAnyone with an email address can subscribe to regular emails from the NRC on a range of topics. All one has to do to become an NRC pen pal is go to this webpage and sign up for the emails of choice.

One can sign up to receive Daily Event Reports (see NEAT #2 ), press releases, audio and video postings of webcasts, power reactor status reports (see NEAT #6), reports issued by the Inspector General, speeches by the NRC Chairman and Commissioners, generic communications (see NEAT #10), advanced reactor correspondence, and other topics.

It is really easy to subscribe to one, several, or all of these NRC missives.

It is also really easy to unsubscribe to one, several, or all of these NRC missives if they prove to be too frequent or be too little use.

Bottom Line

I am an NRC pen pal. I subscribe to their generic communication, ADAMS Users Group, and Inspector General report emails. I used to subscribe to their press release emails, but unsubscribed because this information is posted to the NRC’s home page that I frequently visit.

The NRC has made it easy to automatically receive certain materials from the agency, and to stop receiving undesired material.

Paraphrasing the early 1970s television commercial, “try it, you might like it.”


The UCS Nuclear Energy Activist Toolkit (NEAT) is a series of post intended to help citizens understand nuclear technology and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s processes for overseeing nuclear plant safety.

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