The Pacific Nuclear Council was born as a result of a series of conferences.

The Pacific Basin Nuclear Conferences (PBNCs) were established as regional cooperative forums to advance peaceful uses of nuclear energy in the Pacific Basin. The first meeting was held in 1976 In Hawaii, USA, and they have been held about every two years since then.

In 1985, as an outgrowth of these meetings, the Pacific Basin Nuclear Cooperation Committee was proposed and established by the ANS and the Republic of Korea.

This led to the eventual formation in 1988 of the Pacific Nuclear Council (PNC): an organization made up of nuclear energy societies from countries and regions around the Pacific Rim.