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NRC Proposes Amendment to the Licensing, Inspection and Annual Fees Rule

The NRC is proposing to amend the licensing, inspection, and annual fees charged to its applicants and licensees for fiscal year (FY) 2014. The proposed amendments are necessary to implement the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990, as amended, which requires the NRC to recover through fees approximately 90 percent of its budget authority in FY 2014, not including amounts appropriated for Waste Incidental to Reprocessing and amounts appropriated for generic homeland security activities. These fees represent the cost of NRC services provided to applicants and licensees.

The proposed rule would raise the current hourly rate from $272 to $279 for FY 2014, would revise flat rate license application fees in 10 CFR 170.21 and 170.31 to reflect the new hourly rate, and would increase proposed annual fees for operating reactors, research and test reactors, materials users, and uranium recovery facilities while annual fees would decrease for others, including spent fuel storage facilities and fuel facilities. The increases reflected in the proposed rule are the result of increased budgetary resources provided by Congress for FY 2014 as compared to FY 2013.

Comments are due by May 14, 2014.

To access the Federal Register notice , click here.