The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) requested $1.06 billion in its fiscal year 2015 budget proposal to Congress, an increase of $3.6 million from the enacted 2014 budget. Due to fees that the NRC sends directly to the Treasury Department, the net appropriation requested is actually $124.2 million, $1 million less than the previous year.
The proposal includes $815.2 million for reactor safety and $232.2 million for nuclear waste and materials. NRC said the increase in funds would go toward completing the near-term Waste Confidence Rule in FY 2014, evaluating potential revisions of regulatory framework for extended dry spent fuel storage and subsequent transportation and analyzing data collection and modeling for future alternate strategies for disposal of spent fuel and high-level waste. The budget did not specifically mention reviewing the environmental approval for a geologic repository at Yucca Mountain, but NRC has said it would ask Congress for more money in order to complete the review.
The budget also asks for money to finish post-Fukushima safety reviews and rulemaking activities, and to complete decommissioning activities at Kewaunee, Crystal River 3 and San Onofre 1 and 2 nuclear power plants.
To view slides of the budget proposal, click here.