Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Press Release
No: 16-037 June 27, 2016
Contact: David McIntyre, 301-415-8200
NRC Amends Licensing, Inspection and Annual Fees for Fiscal Year 2016
Nuclear Regulatory Commission has amended its regulations to reflect
the licensing, inspection, special project, and annual fees it will
charge applicants and licensees for fiscal year (FY) 2016. The amended
regulations reduce annual fees for most licensees primarily due to a
decrease in the NRC’s budget.
The final fee rule, published
June 24 in the Federal Register, includes fees required by law to
recover approximately 90 percent of the agency’s budget. A proposed rule
was published for public comment on March 23, 2016.
2016, the NRC’s required fee recovery amount, after billing and
collection adjustments, is $882.9 million. Approximately 38 percent, or
$332.7 million, of the fees would recover the cost of specific services
to applicants and licensees under 10 CFR Part 170. The remaining 62
$550.7 million, would be billed as annual fees to licensees under 10 CFR Part 171.
fees for FY 2016 decrease by 3.1 percent over last year for operating
reactors, 6 percent for fuel facilities, 2.4 percent for research and
test reactors, and 11.7 percent for spent fuel storage/reactor
decommissioning licensees. Fees increase by 7.6 percent for most uranium
recovery licensees and decrease by 18.2 percent for Department of
Energy activities related to the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control
Act of 1978.
The final rule includes several changes from the
FY 2015 rule. For instance, the NRC has lowered the hourly rate of
staff review time from $268 to $265 for FY 2016, and fees charged under
10 CFR Part 170 have been updated accordingly.
is that the NRC will now recover the agency’s costs in responding to
significant requests for information, records, or NRC employee testimony
in lawsuits where the NRC is not a named party; these are commonly
referred to as “Touhy requests.” The final rule will assess hourly rate
fees on all Touhy requests that require over 50 NRC staff hours.
NRC estimates the FY 2016 annual fees will be paid by licensees of 100
operating commercial power reactors, four research and test reactors,
122 spent nuclear fuel storage and decommissioning reactor facilities,
nine fuel cycle facilities, 10 uranium recovery facilities and
approximately 3,000 nuclear materials licensees.