United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Nonreactor Decommissioning: Fee Billing Implications

Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards and the Office of the Chief Financial Officer
How does the NRC’s decommissioning fee billing process work for licensees under Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR) Part 30, “Rules of General Applicability to Domestic Licensing of Byproduct Material”; 10 CFR Part 40, “Domestic Licensing of Source Material”; or 10 CFR Part 70, “Domestic Licensing of Special Nuclear Material”? The NRC monitors and evaluates each step of a licensee’s materials decommissioning project, from the licensee’s initial decision to decommission, the written notice to the NRC, the licensee’s date for permanent cessation of principal activities, site characterization plan and report, and implementation of the decommissioning plan to the final steps of the decommissioning, such as reviewing the final survey plan and report. When the licensee begins this journey, it may encounter an unexpected issue. Licensees may not understand that, although the NRC’s annual fee (10 CFR Part 171, “Annual Fees for Reactor Licenses and Fuel Cycle Licenses and Materials Licenses, Including Holders of Certificates of Compliance, Registrations, and Quality Assurance Program Approvals and Government Agencies Licensed by the NRC”) is waived when a site is decommissioning, the NRC’s hourly fees (10 CFR Part 170, “Fees for Facilities, Materials, Import and Export Licenses, and Other Regulatory Services under the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as Amended”) apply to a decommissioning project. This can have an effect on the licensee’s fee billing. The poster presentation opens discussion for these and other licensee questions, explores the obstacles, and demonstrates how the Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards (NMSS) and the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) can provide a road map for the licensee when it comes to fee billing and the decommissioning process.

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