Nuclear regulator joins Dept. of Homeland Security Group to monitor counterfeit equipment

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said it has become the 21st partner agency to the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center, a part of the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The U.S. nuclear regulator said the agreement outlines the investigative efforts and cooperation protocols the two agencies will share related to counterfeit, fraudulent and suspect parts and equipment used in nuclear power plants and devices using nuclear materials.

“This important interagency partnership will play a critical role in the NRC’s formal, proactive efforts to address the potential threat that counterfeit parts pose to the global supply chain, which will reduce vulnerabilities as they relate to NRC-regulated activities,” said Cheryl McCrary, director of the NRC’s Office of Investigations.

Founded in 2000, the center uses the expertise of its member agencies to share information, develop initiatives, coordinate enforcement actions, and conduct investigations to fight criminal counterfeiting and piracy.

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