Atomic Energy Commission noun
- 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
British Dictionary definitions for atomic energy commission Atomic Energy Commission noun
- (in the US) a federal board established in 1946 to administer and develop domestic atomic energy programmesAbbreviation: AEC
atomic energy commission in Culture Atomic Energy Commission
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).