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Cost Estimates for Decommissioning Licensing Actions

The table below offers resource estimates for many of the common licensing and oversight activities in the area of storage and transportation of nuclear material. This information is being offered to enhance stakeholder awareness of the costs associated with these activities. It will also aid licensees and applicants in the planning and budgeting of future applications. This information was developed through a sampling of licensing and oversight actions that were completed in the past few years. The data provided in the table below are estimates. The actual costs may vary depending on the specific circumstances. The NRC encourages licensees and applicants to engage early in the process when submitting new actions. Licensees are encouraged to work with their NRC project manager to discuss details of any specific application. The table will be updated on a biennial basis.

Materials And Waste Licensing Action Cost Estimates (June 2017)
Major Licensing Action Billed Number of NRC Direct Staff Hours: Low Estimate of Level of Effort Billed Number of NRC Direct Staff Hours: High Estimate of Level of Effort Billed Number of NRC Direct Staff Hours: Average Estimate of Level of Effort Billed Contractor Costs: Low Estimate of Level of Effort Billed Contractor Costs: High Estimate of Level of Effort Billed Contractor Costs: Average Estimate of Level of Effort
COST ESTIMATES FOR DECOMMISSIONING AND LOW LEVEL WASTE BUSINESS LINE
Decommissioning Plan (DP)* 5,094 20,576 12,835 $0 $396,089 $198,044
Decommissioning License Termination Plan (LTP)**
613 2,099 1,541 $7,017 $115,919 $40,979
Decommissioning Financial Assurance Reviews*** 43 1,465 270 $0 $22,692 $3,242
SAFSTOR Power Reactors Regional Inspections 281 2,010 1,411 $0 $0 $0
DECON Power Reactors Regional Inspections 1,332 2,961 1,889 $0 $0 $0

* The resource estimates are based on a limited number of complex materials license decommissioning plan reviews.

** The resource estimates are based on a limited number of power reactor license termination plan reviews.

*** The resource estimates are based on a complex materials licensed site (the high value in the table) and a limited number of uranium recovery sites undergoing decommissioning financial assurance reviews.

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