Washington, DC – This week, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) announced that it will defer fees for licensees for 90 days as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
The announcement comes in response to a bipartisan, bicameral letter sent to NRC on March 27, 2020 by Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR), along with Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chair John Barrasso (R-WY) and Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-DE).
“The COVID-19 pandemic has presented enormous challenges for many critical industries, including the nuclear industry,” said Walden. “Licensees are working to keep electricity running and maintain services at medical facilities and industrial companies. I thank the NRC for granting Chairman Barrasso, Ranking Member Carper, and my request to temporarily defer fees during this unprecedented time.”
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NRC defers license fees, citing pandemic
By Jeremy Dillon
April 13, 2020
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will defer the billing for license fees until late July at the behest of congressional committee leaders who oversee the agency.
Companies whose annual license fees are due in April, May and June won’t need to pay until July 22, NRC Chairwoman Kristine Svinicki told lawmakers in a letter dated Friday.
The commission acted in response to a bipartisan letter late last month that asked the NRC to defer payments to help nuclear operators navigate an uncertain financial outlook.
The letter was signed by Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and ranking member Tom Carper (D-Del.) and House Energy and Commerce ranking member Greg Walden (R-Ore.) (E&E News PM, March 30).
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NRC defers fee collections until July over pandemic
By Anthony Adragna
April 13, 2020
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will defer collecting fees and charges from licensees until July due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to a letter released Monday by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
“The NRC is taking this action to temporarily mitigate the financial impacts and economic disruptions caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic,” NRC Chairwoman Kristine Svinicki wrote on April 10. “The new billing date for annual fees that were scheduled to be billed in the third quarter (April, May, and June) will be July 22, 2020.”
The development comes after a bipartisan call to suspend payments last month from Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.), leaders of the EPW panel, and Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
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