Thursday, February 5, 2015

NRC Proposes FY 2016 Budget to Congress; NRC Spending, Staffing Declining

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has requested $1,032.2 million (including the Office of the Inspector General) in its Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal to Congress, down $27.3 million from the FY 2015 submission. Requested staffing is down as well for the agency that regulates nuclear power plants and users of nuclear materials to protect public health and safety, promote the common defense and security and protect the environment.

“This budget reflects today’s realities and ushers in a new era in enhancing accountability within the NRC for the prudent use of resources,” said NRC Chairman Stephen G. Burns.

Since the NRC recovers approximately 90 percent of its budget from licensee fees, which are sent directly to the Treasury, the resulting net appropriation request is $122.2 million, down $2 million from last year’s submission. The continuing resolution adopted by Congress Dec. 16, 2014, cut the NRC request by $44.2 million to account for fee-based unobligated carryover and authorized the agency to reallocate its unobligated carryover to supplement its FY 2015 appropriations.

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