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NRC Notifies Licensees of Sequestration Impacts

Jim Dyer
Chief Financial Officer
 

The NRC today sent a Regulatory Issue Summary to its licensees, Agreement States and other stakeholders outlining the impact of sequestration on agency activities.

The summary can be found here. Basically, the document says that the NRC expects to take a reduction of $52 million in FY2013 because of sequestration, with cuts scheduled to begin taking place today. It also says that while the cuts are challenging, we will manage them in a way that will not negatively affect our ability to carry out our core mission of public health and safety.

Specific program delays or deferrals that would take place will be communicated to the affected NRC licensees, applicants or other stakeholders before being implemented.

We plan to continue normal operations to the extent possible, and to continue our safety and security oversight activities. Please read the summary for the full text.

5 responses to “NRC Notifies Licensees of Sequestration Impacts

  1. HELPAllHurtNeverBaba March 5, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Good Morning Mr. President

    Americans need safe, well-maintained & managed, affordable and reliable nuclear civilian nuclear energy to enjoy the modern comforts of 21st century technology. In addition, for example, we all rely on modern technological, medical and communication devices to save our lives. Life is a unique opportunity to serve the society. Americans are providing generous assistance to people all over the world to improve the standards of living. The conventional sources of power, excluding nuclear, are very expensive and are not readily available 24/7 to fulfill the needs of ALL Americans at this time.

    The NRC, like other Federal agencies, is planning to reduce the budget by approximately $52 million in Fiscal Year 2013. Sir, instead of reduction, NRC needs more money, more experts and updated software to fulfill its public safety and regulatory mission assigned by the President and Congress. A 100 million dollar increase per year for NRC will make life safer for ALL Americans from potential radiological accidents by thorough oversight of Nuclear Power utilities and its Vendor by Brilliant and Dedicated NRC Staff. A prime example due to lack of resources and funds, and the resulting lack of strict oversight by NRC is in the case of SAN Onofre Nuclear Generating Station of Southern California Edison and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

    Thanks for your kind consideration.

    Thank you for contacting the White House.
    President Obama is committed to creating the most open and accessible Administration in history. That begins with taking comments and questions from you, the American people, through our website.
    0http://www.whitehouse.gov/thank-you
    Thanks to Mr. Jim Dyer
    NRC Chief Financial Officer for posting this blog….. HAHN Baba

  2. joffan7 March 1, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    How much are the license fees being reduced by? Because the sequestration seems to have been wrongly calculated on the whole budget of NRC, regardless of license income, rather than that portion of the NRC budget unfunded by licenses.

    • Moderator March 4, 2013 at 12:16 pm

      For FY 2013, NRC does not have a final appropriations and is operating under a Continuing Resolution (CR). The sequestration order issued by the President on March 1, 2013, reduced the NRC Gross Budget Authority (GBA) by $53M (including OIG) from the NRC FY 2013 CR rate of $1044M GBA or $991M GBA (including OIG). NRC is required to collect 90 percent of its FY 2013 final GBA appropriations less specific amounts for Waste Incidental to Reprocessing and Generic Homeland Security activities by September 30, 2013. The NRC FY 2013 Proposed Fee Rule is being issued based on the NRC budget submitted to Congress of $1053M GBA (including OIG). If the NRC FY 2013 appropriations are changed before the final fee rule is issued, the fees will be adjusted to reflect the new amount.

      Jim Dyer

  3. Garry Morgan March 1, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Will balancing the Federal budget have a negative effect on NRC openess of its meetings? Balancing the inflated Federal Budget should never have a negative impact on “Sunshine” relating to any NRC actions.

    • Moderator March 4, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      The NRC will continue to fulfill its mission, including its emphasis on openness and transparency.

      Jim Dyer

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