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NRC Increases Maximum Civil Penalty Charge

The NRC has issued a revision to its Enforcement Policy to reflect the new maximum civil penalty amount the agency can assess for a violation of the Atomic Energy Act or an NRC regulation. The revision increases the maximum penalty amount from $140,000 to $280,469 per violation per day. Starting in January 2017, the NRC will make annual inflation adjustments to the maximum civil penalty amount. The revision also adds new language to the Enforcement Policy to confirm that the agency may take into account mitigating factors based on the facts of an individual case when assessing such a penalty. The Enforcement Policy will now allow the NRC to consider enforcement discretion for cases where there is a concern that imposition of the base civil penalty would be overly punitive rather than a deterrent for the licensee.

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