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Atomic energy commission

a former federal agency (1946–75) created to regulate the development of the U.S. atomic energy program: functions transferred to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Abbreviation: AEC.
Contemporary Examples

By 1951, Maclean was head of the American department of the Foreign Office, with access to the US Atomic Energy Commission.
What the Spies Knew: The Secret World of Anglo-American Intelligence Emma Garman September 20, 2013

Transcripts from hearings held by the Atomic Energy Commission in 1954 have recently been declassified and studied by scholars.
I Saw Nuclear Armageddon Sitting on My Desk Clive Irving November 9, 2014

Silkwood worked for the Kerr-McGee Corp., a contractor for the Atomic Energy Commission.
Edward Snowden’s Whistleblowing Saga Mirrors the Karen Silkwood Case Richard Rashke July 1, 2013

Like many Atomic Energy Commission officials, Dewar saw the accident as “achieving some objectives.”
America’s Secret Nuclear Test Revealed in Area 51 Annie Jacobsen May 12, 2011

Historical Examples

If you find a few hundred tons of it, you can sell it to the Atomic Energy Commission.
The Blue Ghost Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin

In 1952 the Atomic Energy Commission let a contract to clean up the site.
Trinity [Atomic test] Site White Sands Missile Range Public Affairs Office

(in the US) a federal board established in 1946 to administer and develop domestic atomic energy programmes AEC
Atomic Energy Commission (AEC)

An agency of the United States government from 1946 to 1974 that was charged with controlling and developing the use of atomic energy for civilian and military purposes. In 1974, the AEC was abolished, and its duties were divided between two new agencies: the Energy Research and Development Administration (now a part of the Department of Energy) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).


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