NRC issues summary of agency performance; proposes FY 2013 budget to Congress

Source: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued its report, NRC Summary of Performance and Financial Information, Fiscal Year 2011, also called the Citizen’s Report. The report summarizes the agency’s performance in carrying out its mission to protect people and the environment through the regulation of nuclear power and use of nuclear material. It provides key financial and performance information for Congress and the American people to assess how well the agency has carried out its mission.

The NRC has also requested $1.053 billion in its Fiscal Year 2013 budget proposal to Congress to regulate nuclear power plants and users of nuclear materials. The largely flat budget represents an increase of $15 million. However, because the fees the NRC charges licensees are sent directly to the Treasury, the net appropriation requested is actually $128 million, which is slightly less than in the previous year.

Included in the budget request is $11 million for the Office of the Inspector General, which independently and objectively conducts audits and investigations to ensure the efficiency and integrity of NRC programs and to promote cost-effective management.

The budget reflects a decrease of 25 full-time equivalent employees, primarily corporate support positions, in comparison to the FY 2012 enacted budget. This is a result of cost-conscious business solutions being implemented by the agency. The FY 2013 budget funds 3,951 full-time equivalent employees.

The FY 2013 budget breakout includes $809 million for nuclear reactor safety and $232 million for nuclear materials and waste. At the time the budget was submitted, the NRC was still evaluating the impacts of regulatory actions related to the Fukushima nuclear incident and the activities are included in the budget figures for operating reactors to maintain continued safety of domestic nuclear power plants.

In FY 2011, the NRC provided effective and efficient oversight of 104 nuclear power plants across the country, placing continued emphasis on strengthening the interrelationship among safety, security, and emergency preparedness. The agency continued to review all safety aspects of new reactor designs, environmental impacts, and combined license applications for the construction of new nuclear power plants.

Following the Japan earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, and the subsequent nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, the NRC formed a task force to review the Japan events and develop a comprehensive set of recommendations to enhance the safety of U.S. nuclear power plants. The agency continues this work, addressing additional safety challenges while continuing to focus on its regular responsibilities.

The NRC also remained focused on the safe and secure use of nuclear materials through effective oversight of fuel facilities, uranium recovery sites, decommissioning sites, and nuclear material user licensees. The agency issued licenses for a new uranium enrichment facility and two uranium recovery facilities, while continuing to review other applications to ensure that public health, safety and the environment continue to be protected.

The NRC Summary of Performance and Financial Information, Fiscal Year 2011 Report (NUREG-1542, Volume 17, Supplement 1), is available on the NRC website.

The detailed NRC Congressional Budget Justification report (NUREG-1100, Vol. 28) and budget briefing slides are available at 

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