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Decommissioning Funding Status Reports

NRC regulations require licensees of nuclear power plants to submit data every two years, and annually in some cases on the status of funds to be put aside to cover the cost of decommissioning their nuclear plants (known as the Decommissioning Funding Status (DFS) Report).  The NRC staff independently analyzes each of these reports to determine whether the agency has reasonable assurance the licensees are providing sufficient funding for radiological decommissioning of the reactor when it is permanently shut down.  This assurance is referred to as "decommissioning funding assurance (DFA)."

A summary of the DFS report for operating reactors is provided to the Commission on a biennial basis in the form of a SECY paper.  A partial list of these reports are:

SECY-07-0200, "2007 Summary of Decommissioning Funding Status Reports for Nuclear Power Reactors"

SECY-09-0146, "2009 Summary of Decommissioning Funding Status Reports for Nuclear Power Reactors"

SECY-11-0149, "Summary Findings Resulting from the Staff Review of the 2010 Decommissioning Funding Status Reports for Operating Power Reactor Licensees"

More information on the decommissioning process is available on the NRC Web site. See our Fact Sheet on Decommissioning Nuclear Power Plants and an NRC statement regarding recent media coverage of Decommissioning Funding Assurance.

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