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NRC to Operate at a Reduced Level Due to Lapse of Agency Appropriations

The NRC has issued a regulatory issue summary, RIS 2013-16, “Interactions Between the NRC and NRC Stakeholders During a Lapse of Agency Appropriations,” and a supplement, RIS 2013-16 Supplement 1 to notify addressees that NRC appropriations no longer support normal operations and the NRC will be operating at a reduced level. This RIS requires no action or written response on the part of an addressee.

In RIS 2013-16, the NRC informed addressees about how to communicate and interact with the NRC during the Federal Government shutdown. The NRC also advised addressees to share the information in the RIS with its employees and contractors so they understand that the NRC is still able to receive safety and security concerns or incidents involving fraud, waste, or abuse by an NRC employee or contractor by calling the hotlines identified on NRC Form 3. In RIS 2013-16, the NRC stated that when NRC appropriations no longer support normal operations, the NRC will operate at a reduced level in a minimal maintenance and monitoring mode. The NRC will continue to carry out its responsibility to protect the health and safety of the public. RIS 2013-16 listed the NRC functions that will be provided during the entire length of the Federal Government shutdown. The RIS also provided NRC contact information for addressees with urgent business.

Supplement 1 explains that as of October 9, 2013, no new appropriation or continuing resolution had been passed to allow NRC to continue normal operations. Since NRC appropriations no longer support normal operations, the NRC has entered into a reduced operating level status and for some period of time will only perform minimal maintenance and monitoring necessary to carry out the NRC’s responsibility to protect the health and safety of the public. As stated in RIS 2013-16, a small core of employees (including the resident inspectors and Headquarters Operations Officers) will remain on duty to monitor licensee activities and carry on the minimum activities necessary to protect the health and safety of the public and provide essential services.

For RIS 2013-16, click here.

For Supplement 1, click here.