NRC Revises Fiscal Year 2016 Fee Schedule
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The NRC has amended its licensing, inspection, and annual fees charged to applicants and licensees for Fiscal Year 2016. The NRC recovers approximately 90% of its budget through fees, with the remainder being appropriated to the NRC by the federal government. The NRC’s $1,002.1 million budget is a $13.2 million decrease from 2015 and requires the NRC to recover $883.4 million through fees from applicants and licensees. The NRC has reduced its hourly rate for providing specific services from $268 per hour in 2015 to $265 per hour in 2016. Annual fees for operating power reactors decreased from $4,807,000 in 2015 to $4,659,000 per reactor. The decrease in annual fees is a result of an additional reactor being added to the fleet at Watts Bar, as well as a decrease in expected new-reactor activities. Finally, the NRC will begin recovering fees for time and resources expended where third-parties seek NRC employees to produce information and/or provide testimony in outside litigation where neither the NRC nor United States is a party.To view the Federal Register notice, click here.