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AGENCY:

Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending the licensing, inspection, and annual fees charged to its applicants and licensees. The amendments are necessary to implement the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990 (OBRA-90), as amended, which requires the NRC to recover through fees approximately 90 percent of its budget authority in fiscal year (FY) 2010, not including amounts appropriated from the Nuclear Waste Fund (NWF), amounts appropriated for Waste Incidental to Reprocessing (WIR), and amounts appropriated for generic homeland security activities. Based on the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriation Act, 2010, signed by the President on October 28, 2009, the NRC's required fee recovery amount for the FY 2010 budget is approximately $912.2 million. After accounting for billing adjustments, the total amount to be billed as fees is approximately $911.1 million.

DATES:

Effective Date: August 16, 2010.

ADDRESSES:

The comments received on the proposed rule and the NRC's work papers that support these final changes to 10 CFR parts 170 and 171 are available from the following locations:

Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for documents filed under Docket ID NRC-2009-0333. Address questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher, 301-492-3668; e-mail Carol.Gallagher@nrc.gov.

NRC's Public Document Room (PDR): The public may examine and have copied for a fee publicly available documents at the NRC's PDR, Room O1 F21, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland.

NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS): Publicly available documents created or received at the NRC are available electronically at the NRC's Electronic Reading Room at http://www.nrc.gov/​reading-rm/​adams.html. From this page, the public can gain entry into ADAMS, which provides text and image files of NRC's public documents. If you do not have access to ADAMS or if there are problems in accessing the documents located in ADAMS, contact the NRC's PDR reference staff at 1-800-397-4209, 301-415-4737, or by e-mail to pdr.resource@nrc.gov.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Renu Suri, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001; telephone 301-415-0161, e-mail Renu.Suri@NRC.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

II. Response to Comments

III. Final Action

A. Amendments to 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

B. Amendments to 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

IV. Voluntary Consensus Standards

V. Environmental Impact: Categorical Exclusion

VI. Paperwork Reduction Act Statement

VII. Regulatory Analysis

VIII. Regulatory Flexibility Analysis

IX. Backfit Analysis

X. Congressional Review Act

I. Background

The NRC is required each year, under OBRA-90 (42 U.S.C. 2214), as amended, to recover approximately 90 percent of its budget authority through fees to NRC licensees and applicants, not including the following non-fee items: amounts appropriated from the NWF, amounts appropriated for WIR, and amounts appropriated for generic homeland security activities. The NRC receives 10 percent of its budget authority (not including non-fee items) from the general fund each year to pay for the cost of agency activities that do not provide a direct benefit to NRC licensees, such as international assistance and Agreement State activities (as defined under section 274 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended).

The NRC assesses two types of fees to meet the requirements of OBRA-90. First, user fees, presented in 10 CFR part 170 under the authority of the Independent Offices Appropriation Act of 1952 (IOAA) (31 U.S.C. 9701), recover the NRC's cost of providing special benefits to identifiable applicants and licensees. For example, the NRC assesses these fees to cover the cost of inspections, applications for new licenses and license renewals, and requests for license amendments. Second, annual fees, presented in 10 CFR part 171 under the authority of OBRA-90, recover generic regulatory costs not otherwise recovered through 10 CFR part 170 fees.

Based on Pub. L. 111-85, the NRC's required fee recovery amount for the FY 2010 budget is approximately $912.2 million, which is reduced by approximately $1.1 million to account for billing adjustments (i.e., expected unpaid invoices, payments for prior year invoices), resulting in a total of approximately $911.1 million to be billed as fees in FY 2010.

In accordance with OBRA-90, $22.2 million of the agency's budgeted resources for generic homeland security activities are excluded from the NRC's fee base in FY 2010. These funds cover generic activities such as rulemakings and the development of guidance documents that support entire license fee classes or classes of licensees. Under its IOAA authority, the NRC will continue to charge part 170 fees for all licensee-specific homeland security-related services provided, including security inspections and security plan reviews.

The amount of the NRC's required fee collections is set by law, and is, therefore, outside the scope of this rulemaking. In FY 2010, the NRC's total fee recovery amount has increased by $41.5 million from FY 2009, mostly in response to increased activities for reactor oversight, new reactor programs, information technology support, homeland security issues, and licensing reviews for fuel facilities, non-power reactors and spent fuel storage. The FY 2010 budget was allocated to the fee classes that the budgeted activities support. As such, the annual fees for power reactor, most fuel facility, uranium recovery, and small materials licensees have increased. Another factor affecting the amount of annual fees for each fee class is the estimated collection under part 170, discussed in Section III, “Final Action”, of this document.

II. Response to Comments

The NRC published the FY 2010 proposed fee rule on March 10, 2010 (75 FR 11375) to solicit public comment on its proposed revisions to 10 CFR parts 170 and 171. By the close of the comment period (April 9, 2010), the NRC received six comments and one comment thereafter, for a total of seven comments that were considered in this fee rulemaking. The comments have been grouped by issues and are addressed in a collective response.Start Printed Page 34221

A. Specific Part 171 Issues

1. Fuel Facilities Annual Fee Increase

Comment. Some commenters were concerned about the increase in annual fees. For fee category 1.A.(1)(b), Low Enriched Uranium Fuel, one commenter noted that the increase appears disproportionate to the overall increase for FY 2010 annual fee. Another commenter requested NRC to reconsider the increase in annual fee for the fee category Gas Centrifuge Enrichment Demonstration, because the risk of their facility licensed under 1.A.(2)(b) is very low relative to other operating fuel cycle facilities.

Response. Annual fees fluctuate from year to year based on a number of factors, including the budgeted resources for a license fee class. The higher FY 2010 fee is primarily due to an increase in total budgeted resources allocated to the fuel facilities fee class for increased support for environmental reviews, and licensing amendments and renewals for existing fuel fabrication facilities. Because annual fees must recover all budgeted resources for a fee class not recovered through part 170 fees, annual fees for all facilities in the fee class are impacted by the lower part 170 fee collections estimate for FY 2010. A higher fee-relief adjustment and low-level waste (LLW) surcharge for this fee class also increased the annual fee.

The commenter requests reconsideration of their annual fee because their facility poses a lower risk relative to other fuel facilities due to the small amount of the radioactive material, uranium hexafluoride, that it is authorized to possess and because it has not deployed all the machines that are authorized in the license issued to the facility. However, the NRC is unable to change the fee for the following reasons. The NRC is mandated to recover most of its budget resources through fees based on the costs of providing regulatory services. Under NRC's methodology established through public notice and comment rulemaking (64 FR 31448; June 10, 1999) the total budgeted resources for fuel facilities are allocated to individual fuel facility fee categories based on the effort/fee determination matrix, which was described in detail in the FY 2010 proposed fee rule. Although a licensee may elect not to fully use a license/certificate, the license/certificate is still used as the source for determining authorized nuclear material possession and use/activity. The NRC continues to believe that an effort/fee determination matrix, based on the commensurate level of regulatory effort related to the various fuel facility categories from a safety and safeguards perspective, results in annual fees that accurately reflect the current costs of providing generic and other regulatory services to each fuel facility type. As they do each year, the NRC's fuel facility project managers and regulatory analysts reviewed the safety and safeguards effort factors and did not make any changes for fee category 1.A.(2)(b). Therefore, the NRC is retaining the effort/fee determination matrix as outlined in the proposed rule. The Commission will continue to review these factors and make changes, as appropriate.

2. Uranium Recovery Annual Fees

Comment: Some commenters were concerned that the percentage increase in uranium recovery fees is greater than the fee increase for power reactors.

Response. Annual fees fluctuate from year to year based on a number of factors, including the budgeted resources for a license fee class. As stated in the proposed rule, the increase in the FY 2010 total required annual fee recovery amount for uranium recovery licensees is mainly due to increased budget resources allocated to support uranium recovery legal and program infrastructure. In addition, the FY 2010 fee-relief adjustment amount is an additional charge compared to a reduction in FY 2009. For more discussion on the fee-relief adjustment, refer to Section III.B.1. of this final rule.

In response to the concern that the proposed fee structure favors power reactors at the expense of other licensees, the NRC disagrees. The agency is mandated to recover most of its budget resources through fees. The NRC complies with this law by calculating fees based on allocation of budget resources to each fee class. The NRC strives to ensure that the fees are equitable and fair to each class of licensees. This is why in FY 2010, as noted in the March 2010 proposed fee rule, generic budgeted resources supporting applications for new uranium recovery facilities are excluded from the calculation of annual fee charged to current uranium recovery licensees. Instead these resources are included in the calculation of fee charged to operating reactors and fuel facility licensees because they will potentially benefit from increased production of the uranium milled by the new facilities. The NRC's annual fees for the uranium recovery licensees reflect the budgeted cost of NRC's regulatory services for this class of licensees.

3. Agreement State Activities

Comment. Some commenters expressed concern about the impact on NRC materials program licensees once additional states beyond the State of New Jersey become Agreement States.

Response. This concern has been largely addressed by legislation. To address fairness and equity concerns associated with licensees paying for the cost of activities that do not directly benefit them, the FY 2001 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act amended OBRA-90 to decrease the NRC's fee recovery amount to 90 percent beginning in FY 2005. In response to concerns about decreasing numbers of NRC licensees as more states become Agreement States, the NRC notes that the fee calculation methodology considers the percentage of licensees in Agreement States in establishing fees for the materials users fee class. As explained in the proposed fee rule, the budgeted resources providing support to Agreement States or their licensees are included in total fee-relief costs, which are offset by the 10 percent non-fee recoverable funding (fee relief) provided by Congress. For example, if the NRC develops a rule, guidance document, or a tracking system that is associated with or otherwise benefits Agreement State licensees, the costs of these activities are prorated to the fee-relief activities according to the percentage of licensees in that fee class in Agreement States (e.g., if 85 percent of materials users licensees are in Agreement States, 85 percent of these regulatory infrastructure costs are included in the fee-relief category). To the extent that the 10 percent fee relief is insufficient to cover the total cost of all fee-relief activities, these remaining costs are spread to all licensees based on their percentage of the budget.

B. Other Issues

1. Fee Increases Are Inconsistent With Current Economic Conditions

Comment. Some commenters stated that the NRC fees are increasing in spite of the fact that the country is experiencing economic downturn. The commenters recommended revising the fees to be in line with inflation. They also expressed concern that the NRC hourly rate is extremely high.

Response. The NRC acknowledges that an increase in fees is more difficult to absorb in the current economic downturn. In compliance with OBRA-90, as amended, NRC's fees are calculated to recover 90 percent of its approved budget. Any adjustments in fees to align it with the rate of inflation Start Printed Page 34222or other external factors could result in NRC's not recovering 90 percent of its budget and thus not complying with the law. As such, the purpose of the FY 2010 fee rulemaking, as with prior year fee rulemakings, is to establish fees in a fair and transparent manner to recover the required portion of the NRC's budget.

In response to the comment on the high hourly rate, the NRC's rate is calculated to recover all the budgeted costs supporting the services provided under part 170, including all programmatic and agency overhead, which is consistent with the full cost recovery concept emphasized in the Office of Management and Budget's Circular No. A-25, “User Charges.” The NRC did not receive any comments suggesting ways to revise its hourly rate calculation methodology, and comments on this fee rule and other rulemakings have consistently supported the NRC's efforts to collect more of its budget through part 170 fees-for-services rather than part 171 annual fees. As discussed in the proposed rule, the increase in the hourly rate is due to the higher budget necessary for supporting increased infrastructure and support costs for the new reactors program, fuel facility reviews, reactor licensing renewal, international activities, and spent fuel storage and transportation activities. Therefore, the NRC is retaining the hourly rate formula as presented in the FY 2010 proposed rule.

2. Hold an Annual Public Meeting To Share Fee Projections

Comment. Some commenters expressed an interest in an annual public meeting early in the year with NRC stakeholders to share information on the budget request and its impact on the future fees.

Response. The NRC's Congressional Budget Justification is submitted to Congress in early February for review and approval by the U.S. Congress and is publicly available at that time. An Appendix in this document provides an estimate of fees. The current document (NUREG-1100, Volume 26) can be viewed on NRC's Web site http://www.nrc.gov. The proposed fee rule for the current fiscal year is published subsequent to the submittal of the Congressional document. The Commission acknowledges the importance of this information to a licensee's budget but cannot provide predecisional policies or certain administrative fee-related information until the proposed fee rule is published. The timing of a periodic meeting will depend on the timing of the budget process, publication of the proposed rule, and NRC staff availability.

3. Performance Based Licensing

Comment. Some commenters recommended expansion of performance based licensing and the increased use of Safety and Environment Review Panel (SERP) to help in reducing review costs/hourly charges for uranium recovery facilities.

Response. The NRC currently allows changes to a facility and tests through a SERP as part of a performance based license condition (PBLC). However, to use the PBLC, the licensee must not undertake an activity that falls outside the scope of the safety and environmental reviews already performed at a particular site. The scope of a SERP review is, therefore, necessarily limited to what is already known and reviewed about a particular site, i.e. to information that cannot change.

The use of a SERP would have no effect on the uranium recovery facility annual fee because these fees are based on the generic activities that are not charged to a particular licensee, but to the industry as a whole. Furthermore, as noted previously, generic costs for the new uranium recovery facilities in FY 2010 were allocated to the operating power reactors and fuel facilities. A SERP would also have no effect on inspections and license renewal costs because the NRC must perform those functions. Most license amendments are of a nature that cannot be addressed by a SERP because of the necessary limitations that are placed on performance based licensing. Amendments such as expansions (i.e., new satellites and plant upgrades), restarts, surety updates, process changes, toll milling, and change-of-control comprise the majority of amendments that the staff reviews. None of these amendments can be addressed using a SERP. Therefore, the Commission disagrees that the use of a SERP can be expanded to the point where hourly or annual fees would substantively decrease.

III. Final Action

The NRC is amending its licensing, inspection, and annual fees to recover approximately 90 percent of its FY 2010 budget authority less the appropriations for non-fee items. The NRC's total budget authority for FY 2010 is $1,066.9 million. The non-fee items include $29.0 million appropriated from the NWF, $2.1 million for WIR activities, and $22.2 million for generic homeland security activities. Based on the 90 percent fee-recovery requirement, the NRC will have to recover approximately $912.2 million in FY 2010 through part 170 licensing and inspection fees and part 171 annual fees. The amount required by law to be recovered through fees for FY 2010 is $41.5 million more than the amount estimated for recovery in FY 2009, an increase of approximately 5 percent.

The FY 2010 fee recovery amount is reduced by $1.1 million to account for billing adjustments (i.e., for FY 2010 invoices that the NRC estimates will not be paid during the fiscal year, less payments received in FY 2010 for prior year invoices). This leaves approximately $911.1 million to be billed as fees in FY 2010 through part 170 licensing and inspection fees and part 171 annual fees.

Table I summarizes the budget and fee recovery amounts for FY 2010. (Individual values may not sum to totals due to rounding.)

Table I—Budget and Fee Recovery Amounts For FY 2010

[Dollars in millions]

Total Budget Authority$1,066.9
Less Non-Fee Items−53.3
Balance$1,013.6
Fee Recovery Rate for FY 201090%
Total Amount to be Recovered for FY 2010$912.2
Less Part 171 Billing Adjustments:
Unpaid FY 2010 Invoices (estimated)2.1
Less Payments Received in FY 2010 for Prior Year Invoices (estimated)−3.2
Subtotal−1.1
Amount to be Recovered Through Parts 170 and 171 Fees$911.1
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Less Estimated Part 170 Fees−357.3
Part 171 Fee Collections Required$553.8

In this final rule, NRC amends fees for the power reactors, non-power reactors, some fuel facilities and small materials users, and DOE's Transportation license. The changes to the annual fee are primarily due to updated part 170 collections estimate. The NRC updated the part 170 collections estimate based on the latest billing data available, adjusted for FY 2010 budget changes, as appropriate. The total part 170 collections estimate for FY 2010 final rule decreased by approximately $6.7 million compared to the proposed rule, primarily for the operating reactors and spent fuel storage/reactors in decommissioning classes of licensees resulting in a greater amount to be recovered through annual fees from these licensees. The NRC estimates that $357.3 million will be recovered from part 170 fees in FY 2010 which represents an increase of approximately seven percent compared to $332.6 million in part 170 collections during FY 2009. The change for each class of licensees affected is discussed in Section III.B.3., below.

The FY 2010 final fee rule is a “major rule” as defined by the Congressional Review Act of 1996 (5 U.S.C. 801-808). Therefore, the NRC's fee schedules for FY 2010 will become effective 60 days after publication of the final rule in the Federal Register. The NRC will send an invoice for the amount of the annual fee to reactor licensees, 10 CFR part 72 licensees, major fuel cycle facilities, and other licensees with annual fees of $100,000 or more, upon publication of the FY 2010 final rule. For these licensees, payment is due on the effective date of the FY 2010 final rule. Because these licensees are billed quarterly, the payment due is the amount of the total FY 2010 annual fee, less payments made in the first three quarters of the fiscal year.

Materials licensees with annual fees of less than $100,000 are billed annually. Those materials licensees whose license anniversary date during FY 2010 falls before the effective date of the FY 2010 final rule will be billed for the annual fee during the anniversary month of the license at the FY 2009 annual fee rate. Those materials licensees whose license anniversary date falls on or after the effective date of the FY 2010 final rule will be billed for the annual fee at the FY 2010 annual fee rate during the anniversary month of the license, and payment will be due on the date of the invoice.

The NRC currently does not routinely mail the final fee rule to licensees, but will send the final rule to any licensee or other person upon specific request. To request a copy, contact the Accounts Receivable and Payable Branch, Division of the Controller, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, at 301-415-7554, or e-mail fees.resource@nrc.gov. In addition to publication in the Federal Register, the final rule will be available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov.

The NRC plans to review its fee policies for power reactors. The NRC anticipates that it will receive applications to license small and medium sized commercial nuclear reactors. The NRC published an Advance Notice of Final Rulemaking (ANPR) on March 25, 2009 (74 FR 12735) to receive early input from the public on issues relevant to the establishment of an annual fee structure based on the size of the reactor. The NRC received sixteen comments in response to the ANPR. The general consensus from the commenters is that an adjustment to the current power reactor annual fee methodology is needed to account for small and medium sized power reactors. The NRC plans to analyze suggested methodologies for a variable annual fee structure for power reactors and present its findings in a future rule.

The NRC is changing its current policy with regard to billing inspection costs. Currently, inspection costs are billed only after the inspection is completed (i.e., approximately 30 days after the inspection report is issued). As a result, in some cases inspection costs accumulate over several billing cycles, and the licensee receives one invoice for these accumulated costs rather than being billed as the costs are incurred. Therefore, the NRC will bill for accumulated inspection costs each quarter. Billing for incurred inspection costs will begin in the first quarter of FY 2011, when the NRC's new accounting system is implemented. This policy change does not require a revision to part 170.

The NRC is amending 10 CFR parts 170 and 171, as follows:

A. Amendments to 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

In FY 2010, the NRC is increasing the hourly rate to recover the full cost of activities under part 170 and is using this rate to calculate “flat” application fees.

The NRC is making the following changes:

1. Hourly Rate

The NRC's hourly rate is used in assessing full cost fees for specific services provided, as well as flat fees for certain application reviews. The NRC is changing the FY 2010 hourly rate to $259. This rate would be applicable to all activities for which fees are assessed under §§ 170.21 and 170.31. The FY 2010 hourly rate is higher than the FY 2009 hourly rate of $257. The increase is primarily due to the higher FY 2010 budget supporting increased infrastructure and support costs for the new reactors program, fuel facility reviews, reactor licensing renewal, international activities, spent fuel storage, and transportation activities. The hourly rate calculation is described in further detail in the following paragraphs.

The NRC's hourly rate is derived by dividing the sum of recoverable budgeted resources for (1) Mission direct program salaries and benefits; (2) mission indirect salaries and benefits and contract activity; and (3) agency management and support and the Inspector General (IG), by mission direct full-time equivalent (FTE) hours. The mission direct FTE hours are the product of the mission direct FTE times the hours per direct FTE. The only budgeted resources excluded from the hourly rate are those for mission direct contract activities.

In FY 2010, the NRC is using 1,371 hours per direct FTE, the same amount as FY 2009, to calculate the hourly fees. The NRC has reviewed data from its time and labor system to determine if the annual direct hours worked per direct FTE estimate requires updating for the FY 2010 fee rule. Based on this review of the most recent data available, the NRC determined that 1,371 hours is the best estimate of direct hours worked annually per direct FTE. This estimate Start Printed Page 34224excludes all indirect activities such as training, general administration, and leave.

Table II shows the results of the hourly rate calculation methodology. (Individual values may not sum to totals due to rounding.)

Table II—FY 2010 Hourly Rate Calculation

[Dollars in millions]

Mission Direct Program Salaries & Benefits$343.8
Mission Indirect Salaries & Benefits, and Contract Activity$135.6
Agency Management and Support, and the IG$330.4
Subtotal$809.8
Less Offsetting Receipts−$0.0
Total Budget Included in Hourly Rate$809.8
Mission Direct FTEs2,276
Professional Hourly Rate (Total Budget Included in Hourly Rate divided by Mission Direct FTE Hours)$259

As shown in Table II, dividing the $809.8 million budgeted amount (rounded) included in the hourly rate by total mission direct FTE hours (2,276 FTE times 1,371 hours) results in an hourly rate of $259. The hourly rate is rounded to the nearest whole dollar.

2.“Flat” Application Fee Changes

The NRC is adjusting the current flat application fees in §§ 170.21 and 170.31 to reflect the revised hourly rate of $259. These flat fees are calculated by multiplying the average professional staff hours needed to process the licensing actions by the professional hourly rate for FY 2010. The agency estimates the average professional staff hours needed to process licensing actions every other year as part of its biennial review of fees performed in compliance with the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990. This review was last performed as part of the FY 2009 fee rulemaking. The higher hourly rate of $259 is the main reason for the increase in application fees.

The amounts of the materials licensing flat fees are rounded so that the fees would be convenient to the user and the effects of rounding would be minimal. Fees under $1,000 are rounded to the nearest $10, fees that are greater than $1,000 but less than $100,000 are rounded to the nearest $100, and fees that are greater than $100,000 are rounded to the nearest $1,000.

The licensing flat fees are applicable for fee categories K.1. through K.5. of § 170.21, and fee categories 1.C., 1.D., 2.B., 2.C., 3.A. through 3.S., 4.B. through 9.D., 10.B., 15.A. through 15.R., 16, and 17 of § 170.31. Applications filed on or after the effective date of the FY 2010 final fee rule would be subject to the revised fees in the final rule.

3. Administrative Amendments

In the FY 2009 final rule, § 170.11, regarding fee exemptions for special projects, was changed to simplify the language. In the FY 2010 final rule, the NRC is modifying the introductory text of paragraph (a)(1) to clarify that this paragraph applies to special projects. There is no change to the NRC's fee exemption policy.

In addition, the NRC is updating some of the program codes found next to the materials users fee categories in § 170.31. The program codes were added in the FY 2008 final rule, and the NRC plans to update the program codes as needed.

In summary, the NRC is making the following changes to 10 CFR part 170:

1. Establish a revised professional hourly rate to use in assessing fees for specific services;

2. Revise the license application fees to reflect the FY 2010 hourly rate; and

3. Make certain administrative changes for purposes of updating some program codes and improving the clarity of the rule.

B. Amendments to 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

The NRC will recover its fee-relief shortfall by increasing all licensees' annual fees. This rulemaking also makes changes to the number of NRC licensees and to establish rebaselined annual fees based on Public Law 111-85. The amendments are described as follows:

1. Application of Fee-Relief and Low-Level Waste Surcharge

The NRC will recover its fee-relief shortfall by increasing all licensees' annual fees, based on their percent of the budget.

The NRC applies the 10 percent of its budget that is excluded from fee recovery under OBRA-90, as amended (fee relief), to offset the total budget allocated for activities which do not directly benefit current NRC licensees. The budget for these fee-relief activities is totaled and then reduced by the amount of the NRC's fee relief. Any difference between the fee relief and the budgeted amount of these activities results in a fee-relief adjustment (increase or decrease) to all licensees' annual fees, based on their percent of the budget (i.e., over 80 percent is allocated to power reactors each year).

In FY 2010, the NRC's 10 percent fee relief is less than the total budget for fee-relief activities by $7.1 million. In FY 2009, the 10 percent fee relief exceeded the total budget by $3.2 million. The FY 2010 budget for fee-relief activities is higher than FY 2009, primarily due to an increase in small entity subsidies, non-profit educational exemptions, and regulatory support to Agreement States.

The NRC is increasing all licensees' annual fees to recover the shortfall amount of $7.1 million, based on their percent of the fee recoverable budget authority. This is consistent with the existing fee methodology, in that the fee-relief shortfall amount is allocated to licensees in the same manner as benefits are allocated as a reduction when the NRC receives enough fee relief to pay for fee-relief activities. In FY 2010, the power reactors class of licensees will be allocated approximately 88 percent of the fee-relief shortfall based on their share of the NRC fee recoverable budget authority.

The FY 2010 budgeted resources for NRC's fee-relief activities are $108.5 million. The NRC's total fee relief in FY 2010 is $101.4 million, leaving a $7.1 million fee-relief shortfall to be recovered by increasing all licensees' annual fees. These values are shown in Table III. (Individual values may not sum to totals due to rounding.)Start Printed Page 34225

Table III—Fee-Relief Activities

[Dollars in millions]

Fee-relief activitiesFY 2010 Budgeted costs
1. Activities not attributable to an existing NRC licensee or class of licensee:
a. International activities$18.2
b. Agreement State oversight11.2
c. Scholarships and Fellowships15.0
2. Activities not assessed part 170 licensing and inspection fees or part 171 annual fees based on existing law or Commission policy:
a. Fee exemption for nonprofit educational institutions17.4
b. Costs not recovered from small entities under 10 CFR 171.16(c)6.1
c. Regulatory support to Agreement States23.1
d. Generic decommissioning/reclamation (not related to the power reactor and spent fuel storage fee classes)15.1
e. In situ leach rulemaking and unregistered general licensees2.4
Total fee-relief activities108.5
Less 10 percent of NRC's FY 2010 total budget (less non-fee items)−101.4
Fee-Relief Adjustment to be Allocated to All Licensees' Annual Fees7.1

Table IV shows how the NRC is allocating the $7.1 million fee-relief adjustment to each license fee class. As explained previously, the NRC is allocating this fee-relief adjustment to each license fee class based on the percent of the budget for that fee class compared to the NRC's total budget. The fee-relief adjustment is added to the required annual fee recovery from each fee class.

Separately, the NRC has continued to allocate the LLW surcharge based on the volume of LLW disposal of three classes of licenses: Operating reactors, fuel facilities, and materials users. Table IV also shows the allocation of the LLW surcharge activity. Because LLW activities support NRC licensees, the costs of these activities are recovered through annual fees. For FY 2010, the total budget allocated for LLW activity is $2.3 million. (Individual values may not sum to totals due to rounding.)

Table IV—Allocation Of Fee-Relief Adjustment and LLW Surcharge, FY 2010

[Dollars in millions]

LLW SurchargeFee-Relief adjustmentTotal
Percent$Percent$$
Operating Power Reactors54.0$1.387.8$6.3$7.5
Spent Fuel Storage/Reactor Decommissioning2.70.20.2
Test and Research Reactors0.20.00.0
Fuel Facilities15.00.35.50.40.7
Materials Users31.00.72.60.20.9
Transportation0.50.00.0
Uranium Recovery0.70.10.1
Total100.02.3100.07.19.5

2. Agreement State Activities

New Jersey became the 37th Agreement State, effective September 30, 2009. Materials licenses transferred to a new Agreement State are terminated by the NRC. New Jersey assumed regulatory authority for approximately 500 former NRC licensees. A larger share of the generic budget resources for small materials licensees has been allocated to the Regulatory Support to Agreement States fee-relief category to mitigate the impact on the annual fee for the remaining small materials NRC licensees, as seen in Table III.

Note that the continuing costs of oversight and regulatory support for the State of New Jersey, as for any other Agreement State, are recovered as fee-relief activities, consistent with existing policy. The budgeted resources for the regulatory support of Agreement State licensees are prorated to the fee-relief activity based on the percent of total licensees in Agreement States. The NRC has updated the proration percentage in its fee calculation to ensure that resources are allocated equitably between the NRC materials users fee class and the regulatory support to Agreement States fee-relief category. Accordingly, as a result of the State of New Jersey becoming an Agreement State, the NRC has increased the percentage of materials users regulatory support costs prorated to the fee-relief activity from 85 percent in FY 2009 to 87 percent in FY 2010. The resources for licensing and inspection activities supporting NRC licensees in the materials users fee class are not prorated to the fee-relief activity.

3. Revised Annual Fees

The NRC is revising its annual fees in §§ 171.15 and 171.16 for FY 2010 to recover approximately 90 percent of the NRC's FY 2010 budget authority, after subtracting the non-fee amounts and the estimated amount to be recovered through part 170 fees. The part 170 collections estimate for this final rule increased by $23.4 million from the FY 2009 fee rule, based on the latest invoice data available. The total amount to be recovered through annual fees for FY 2010 is $553.8 million. The required annual fee collection in FY 2009 was $532.6 million.Start Printed Page 34226

The Commission has determined (71 FR 30721; May 30, 2006) that the agency should proceed with a presumption in favor of rebaselining when calculating annual fees each year. Under this method, the NRC's budget is analyzed in detail and budgeted resources are allocated to fee classes and categories of licensees. The Commission expects that most years there will be budgetary and other changes that warrant the use of the rebaselining method.

As compared with FY 2009 annual fees, rebaselined fees are higher for five classes of licensees (power reactors, spent fuel storage/reactor decommissioning, transportation, uranium recovery and materials users), and lower for one class of licensees (non-power reactors). Within the fuel facilities fee class, annual fees for most licensees increase, while the annual fee for one fee category decreases.

The NRC's total fee recoverable budget, as mandated by law, is approximately $41.5 million larger in FY 2010 as compared with FY 2009. Much of this increase is in response to increased activities for reactor oversight, new reactor programs, information technology support, homeland security issues, and licensing reviews for fuel facilities, non-power reactors, and spent fuel storage. The FY 2010 budget was allocated to the fee classes that the budgeted activities support. As in FY 2009, generic NRC resources supporting new uranium recovery applications are included in the budget allocated to operating power reactors and fuel facility fee classes, because these licensees will potentially benefit from increased production of uranium milled by new uranium recovery facilities. The impact of this allocation on the operating reactors and fuel facilities annual fees is less than one percent.

The factors affecting all annual fees include the distribution of budgeted costs to the different classes of licenses (based on the specific activities the NRC will perform in FY 2010), the estimated part 170 collections for the various classes of licenses, and allocation of the fee-relief adjustment to all fee classes. The percentage of the NRC's budget not subject to fee recovery remained at 10 percent from FY 2009 to FY 2010.

Table V shows the rebaselined annual fees for FY 2010 for a representative list of categories of licenses. The FY 2009 fee is also shown for comparative purposes.

Table V—Rebaselined Annual Fees

Class/category of licensesFY2009 Annual feeFY 2010 Annual fee
Operating Power Reactors (Including Spent Fuel Storage/Reactor Decommissioning Annual Fee)$4,625,000$4,784,000
Spent Fuel Storage/Reactor Decommissioning122,000148,000
Test and Research Reactors (Non-power Reactors)87,60081,700
High Enriched Uranium Fuel Facility4,691,0005,439,000
Low Enriched Uranium Fuel Facility1,649,0002,047,000
UF6 Conversion Facility969,0001,111,000
Conventional Mills31,20038,300
Typical Materials Users:
Radiographers (Category 3O)22,70028,200
Well Loggers (Category 5A)9,70011,900
Gauge Users (Category 3P)3,7004,500
Broad Scope Medical (Category 7B)36,30045,100

The work papers that support this final rule show in detail the allocation of NRC's budgeted resources for each class of licenses and how the fees are calculated. The reports included in these work papers summarize the FY 2010 budgeted FTE and contract dollars allocated to each fee class and fee-relief category at the planned activity and program level and compare these allocations to those used to develop the final FY 2009 fees. The work papers are available electronically at http://www.regulations.gov by searching on Docket ID: NRC-2009-0333 and at the NRC's Electronic Reading Room on the Internet at Web site address http://www.nrc.gov/​reading-rm/​adams.html. The work papers may also be examined at the NRC PDR located at One White Flint North, Room O-1F22, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland.

The budgeted costs allocated to each class of licenses and the calculations of the rebaselined fees are described in paragraphs a. through h. of this section. Individual values in the Tables presented in this section may not sum to totals due to rounding.

a. Fuel Facilities

The FY 2010 budgeted cost to be recovered in the annual fees assessment to the fuel facility class of licenses [which includes licensees in fee categories 1.A.(1)(a), 1.A.(1)(b), 1.A.(2)(a), 1.A.(2)(b), 1.A.(2)(c), 1.E., and 2.A.(1), under § 171.16] is approximately $28.8 million. This value is based on the full cost of budgeted resources associated with all activities that support this fee class, which is reduced by estimated part 170 collections and adjusted for allocated generic transportation resources and fee-relief. In FY 2010, the LLW surcharge for fuel facilities is added to the allocated fee-relief adjustment (see Table IV in Section III.B.1., “Application of Fee-Relief and Low-Level Waste Surcharge” of this document). The summary calculations used to derive this value are presented in Table VI for FY 2010, with FY 2009 values shown for comparison. (Individual values may not sum to totals due to rounding.)

Table VI—Annual Fee Summary Calculations for Fuel Facilities

[Dollars in millions]

Summary Fee CalculationsFY 2009 FinalFY 2010 Final
Total budgeted resources$44.6$48.8
Less estimated part 170 receipts−22.0−21.2
Net part 171 resources22.627.6
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Allocated generic transportation+0.4+0.5
Fee-relief adjustment/LLW surcharge+0.2+0.7
Billing adjustments−0.2−0.1
Total required annual fee recovery23.028.8

The increase in total budgeted resources allocated to this fee class from FY 2009 to FY 2010 is primarily due to increased support for environmental reviews and for licensing amendments and renewals for existing fuel fabrication facilities. This is partially offset by reductions in fuel facility inspections and licensing and inspection activities for enrichment facilities. In the final rule, due to a small decrease ($16,000) in the generic transportation resources allocated to fuel facility fee class, the FY 2010 annual fee for some of the facilities decreased slightly from the proposed rule.

The total required annual fee recovery amount is allocated to the individual fuel facility licensees, based on the effort/fee determination matrix developed for the FY 1999 final fee rule (64 FR 31447; June 10, 1999). In the matrix included in the publicly available NRC work papers, licensees are grouped into categories according to their licensed activities (i.e., nuclear material enrichment, processing operations, and material form) and the level, scope, depth of coverage, and rigor of generic regulatory programmatic effort applicable to each category from a safety and safeguards perspective. This methodology can be applied to determine fees for new licensees, current licensees, licensees in unique license situations, and certificate holders.

This methodology is adaptable to changes in the number of licensees or certificate holders, licensed or certified material and/or activities, and total programmatic resources to be recovered through annual fees. When a license or certificate is modified, it may result in a change of category for a particular fuel facility licensee, as a result of the methodology used in the fuel facility effort/fee matrix. Consequently, this change may also have an effect on the fees assessed to other fuel facility licensees and certificate holders. For example, if a fuel facility licensee amends its license/certificate (e.g., decommissioning or license termination) that results in it not being subject to part 171 costs applicable to the fee class, then the budgeted costs for the safety and/or safeguards components will be spread among the remaining fuel facility licensees/certificate holders.

The methodology is applied as follows. First, a fee category is assigned, based on the nuclear material and activity authorized by license or certificate. Although a licensee/certificate holder may elect not to fully use a license/certificate, the license/certificate is still used as the source for determining authorized nuclear material possession and use/activity. Second, the category and license/certificate information are used to determine where the licensee/certificate holder fits into the matrix. The matrix depicts the categorization of licensees/certificate holders by authorized material types and use/activities.

Each year, the NRC's fuel facility project managers and regulatory analysts determine the level of effort associated with regulating each of these facilities. This is done by assigning, for each fuel facility, separate effort factors for the safety and safeguards activities associated with each type of regulatory activity. The matrix includes ten types of regulatory activities, including enrichment and scrap/waste-related activities (see the work papers for the complete list). Effort factors are assigned as follows: one (low regulatory effort), five (moderate regulatory effort), and ten (high regulatory effort). These effort factors are then totaled for each fee category, so that each fee category has a total effort factor for safety activities and a total effort factor for safeguards activities.

The effort factors for the various fuel facility fee categories are summarized in Table VII. The value of the effort factors shown, as well as the percent of the total effort factor for all fuel facilities, reflects the total regulatory effort for each fee category (not per facility). Note that the total effort factors for the High Enriched Uranium Fuel (HEU), Low Enriched Uranium Fuel (LEU), Hot Cell and Uranium Enrichment fee categories have increased from FY 2009, while the Limited Operations fee category decreased from FY 2009. The safety and safeguards factors increased in FY 2010 to reflect process changes, such as emphasis on emergency planning, ongoing uranium enrichment activities, and a new facility in the Uranium Enrichment fee category. The safety factor decreases for Low Enriched Uranium Fuel and Limited Operations fee categories in FY 2010 reflect the lower level of safety issues at two facilities. Taking into account the addition of a new facility, the total safety and safeguards effort factor change is relatively small.

Table VII—Effort Factors for Fuel Facilities, FY 2010

Facility Type (fee category)Number of facilitiesEffort factors (percent of total)
SafetySafeguards
High Enriched Uranium Fuel (1.A.(1)(a))289 (32.5)97 (44.3)
Low Enriched Uranium Fuel (1.A.(1)(b))370 (25.5)35 (16.0)
Limited Operations (1.A.(2)(a))18 (2.9)4 (1.8)
Gas Centrifuge Enrichment Demonstration (1.A.(2)(b))13 (1.1)15 (6.8)
Hot Cell (1.A.(2)(c))16 (2.2)3 (1.4)
Uranium Enrichment (1.E)386 (31.4)58 (26.5)
UF6 Conversion (2.A.(1))112 (4.4)7 (3.2)
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For FY 2010, the total budgeted resources for safety activities, before the fee-relief adjustment is made, is $15,613,008. This amount is allocated to each fee category based on its percent of the total regulatory effort for safety activities. For example, if the total effort factor for safety activities for all fuel facilities is 100, and the total effort factor for safety activities for a given fee category is 10, that fee category will be allocated 10 percent of the total budgeted resources for safety activities. Similarly, the budgeted resources amount of $12,479,010 for safeguards activities is allocated to each fee category based on its percent of the total regulatory effort for safeguards activities. The fuel facility fee class' portion of the fee-relief adjustment ($740,003) is allocated to each fee category based on its percent of the total regulatory effort for both safety and safeguards activities. The annual fee per licensee is then calculated by dividing the total allocated budgeted resources for the fee category by the number of licensees in that fee category. The fee (rounded) for each facility is summarized in Table VIII.

Table VIII—Annual Fees for Fuel Facilities

Facility type (fee category)FY 2010 Annual fee
High Enriched Uranium Fuel (1.A.(1)(a))$5,439,000
Low Enriched Uranium Fuel (1.A.(1)(b))2,047,000
Limited Operations Facility (1.A.(2)(a))702,000
Gas Centrifuge Enrichment Demonstration (1.A.(2)(b))1,053,000
Hot Cell (and others) (1.A.(2)(c))526,000
Uranium Enrichment (1.E.)2,807,000
UF6 Conversion (2.A.(1))1,111,000

The NRC expects to authorize operation of one new uranium enrichment facility in FY 2010. The annual fee applicable to any type of new uranium enrichment facility is the annual fee in § 171.16, fee category 1.E., Uranium Enrichment, unless the NRC establishes a new fee category for the facility in a subsequent rulemaking. The applicable annual fee for a facility that is authorized to operate during the FY will be prorated in accordance with the provisions of § 171.17.

b. Uranium Recovery Facilities

The total FY 2010 budgeted costs to be recovered through annual fees assessed to the uranium recovery class [which includes licensees in fee categories 2.A.(2)(a), 2.A.(2)(b), 2.A.(2)(c), 2.A.(2)(d), 2.A.(2)(e), 2.A.(3), 2.A.(4), 2.A.(5) and 18.B., under § 171.16], is approximately $0.91 million. The derivation of this value is shown in Table IX, with FY 2009 values shown for comparison purposes. (Individual values may not sum to totals due to rounding.)

Table IX—Annual Fee Summary Calculations for Uranium Recovery Facilities

[Dollars in millions]

Summary fee calculationsFY 2009 FinalFY 2010 Final
Total budgeted resources$7.21$6.69
Less estimated part 170 receipts− 6.64− 5.83
Net part 171 resources0.570.86
Allocated generic transportationN/AN/A
Fee-relief adjustment− 0.03+ 0.05
Billing adjustments− 0.03− 0.01
Total required annual fee recovery0.510.91

The increase in the total required annual fee recovery is mainly due to increased support for uranium recovery legal and program infrastructure and the increased fee-relief adjustment, which was a reduction in FY 2009. As in FY 2009, the NRC is excluding the generic budgeted resources supporting applications for new uranium recovery facilities from the FY 2010 annual fee charged to current uranium recovery licensees. Because operating reactors and fuel facility licensees would potentially benefit from increased production of the uranium milled by the new facilities, the budgeted resources would be allocated to these fee classes. The generic resources supporting the new uranium recovery facilities do not benefit the existing uranium recovery licensees. In the final rule, there were no changes to the fees for this class of licensees.

Since FY 2002, the NRC has computed the annual fee for the uranium recovery fee class by allocating the total annual fee amount for this fee class between the Department of Energy (DOE) and the other licensees in this fee class. The NRC regulates DOE's Title I and Title II activities under the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act (UMTRCA). The Congress established the two programs, Title I and Title II under UMTRCA, to protect the public and the environment from uranium milling. The UMTRCA Title I program is for remedial action at abandoned mill tailings sites where tailings resulted largely from production of uranium for the weapons program. The NRC also regulates DOE's UMTRCA Title II program which is directed toward uranium mill sites licensed by the NRC or Agreement States in or after 1978.

In FY 2010, 35 percent of the total annual fee amount, less $419,769 specifically budgeted for Title I activities, is allocated to DOE's UMTRCA facilities. The budgeted resources for Title I activities increased in FY 2010 primarily due to additional Title I sites. The remaining 65 percent of the total annual fee (less the amounts specifically budgeted for Title I activities) is allocated to other licensees. This is the same as in FY 2009. The remaining $317,000 (rounded) would be recovered through annual fees assessed to the other licensees in this fee class (i.e., conventional uranium mills and heap leach facilities, uranium solution mining and resin in-situ recovery (ISR) facilities, mill tailings disposal facilities (11e.(2) disposal facilities), and uranium water treatment facilities).

The annual fee assessed to DOE includes recovery of the costs specifically budgeted for NRC's Title I activities, plus 35 percent of the remaining annual fee amount, including Start Printed Page 34229the fee-relief and generic/other costs, for the uranium recovery class. The remaining 65 percent of the fee-relief and generic/other costs are assessed to the other NRC licensees in this fee class that are subject to annual fees. The costs to be recovered through annual fees assessed to the uranium recovery class are shown in Table X.

Table X—Costs Recovered Through Annual Fees; Uranium Recovery Fee Class

DOE Annual Fee Amount (UMTRCA Title I and Title II) general licenses:
UMTRCA Title I budgeted costs$419,769
35 percent of generic/other uranium recovery budgeted costs151,950
35 percent of uranium recovery fee-relief adjustment+ 18,519
Total Annual Fee Amount for DOE (rounded)590,000
Annual Fee Amount for Other Uranium Recovery Licenses:
65 percent of generic/other uranium recovery budgeted costs less the amounts specifically budgeted for Title I activities282,193
65 percent of uranium recovery fee-relief adjustment+ 34,393
Total Annual Fee Amount for Other Uranium Recovery Licenses316,586

The NRC will continue to use a matrix (which is included in the supporting work papers) to determine the level of effort associated with conducting the generic regulatory actions for the different (non-DOE) licensees in this fee class. The weights derived in this matrix are used to allocate the approximately $317,000 annual fee amount to these licensees. The use of this uranium recovery annual fee matrix was established in the FY 1995 final fee rule (60 FR 32217; June 20, 1995). The FY 2010 matrix is described as follows.

First, the methodology identifies the categories of licenses included in this fee class (besides DOE). In FY 2010, these categories are conventional uranium mills and heap leach facilities, uranium solution mining and resin ISR facilities, mill tailings disposal facilities (11e.(2) disposal facilities), and uranium water treatment facilities.

Second, the matrix identifies the types of operating activities that support and benefit these licensees. In FY 2010, the activities related to generic decommissioning/reclamation are not included in the matrix, because they are included in the fee-relief activities. Therefore, they are not a factor in determining annual fees. The activities included in the FY 2010 matrix are operations, waste operations, and groundwater protection. The relative weight of each type of activity is then determined, based on the regulatory resources associated with each activity. The operations, waste operations, and groundwater protection activities have weights of 0, 5, and 10, respectively, in the FY 2010 matrix.

Each year, the NRC determines the level of benefit to each licensee for generic uranium recovery program activities for each type of generic activity in the matrix. This is done by assigning, for each fee category, separate benefit factors for each type of regulatory activity in the matrix. Benefit factors are assigned on a scale of 0 to 10 as follows: Zero (no regulatory benefit), five (moderate regulatory benefit), and ten (high regulatory benefit). These benefit factors are first multiplied by the relative weight assigned to each activity (described previously). Total benefit factors by fee category, and per licensee in each fee category, are then calculated. These benefit factors thus reflect the relative regulatory benefit associated with each licensee and fee category. The NRC expects to license an In Situ Recovery Resin Facility in FY 2010. Therefore, the benefit factors for fee category 2.A.(2)(d) have been included in the FY 2010 matrix, and an annual fee has been established.

The benefit factors per licensee and per fee category, for each of the non-DOE fee categories included in the uranium recovery fee class, are as follows:

Table XI—Benefit Factors for Uranium Recovery Licenses, FY 2010

Fee categoryNumber of licenseesBenefit factor per licenseeTotal valueBenefit factor percent total
Conventional and Heap Leach mills120020012
Basic In Situ Recovery facilities519095057
Expanded In Situ Recovery facilities121521513
In Situ Recovery Resin Facilities118018011
11e.(2) disposal incidental to existing tailings sites165654
Uranium water treatment145453
1,655

Applying these factors to the approximately $317,000 in budgeted costs to be recovered from non-DOE uranium recovery licensees results in the total annual fees for each fee category. The annual fee per licensee is calculated by dividing the total allocated budgeted resources for the fee category by the number of licensees in that fee category, as summarized in Table XII:Start Printed Page 34230

Table XII—Annual Fees for Uranium Recovery Licensees

[Other than DOE]

Facility type (fee category)FY 2010 Annual fee
Conventional and Heap Leach mills (2.A.(2)(a))$38,300
Basic In Situ Recovery facilities (2.A.(2)(b))36,300
Expanded In Situ Recovery facilities (2.A.(2)(c))41,100
In Situ Recovery Resin facilities (2.A.(2)(d))34,400
11e.(2) disposal incidental to existing tailings sites (2.A.(4))12,400
Uranium water treatment (2.A.(5))8,600

c. Operating Power Reactors

The $482.1 million in budgeted costs to be recovered through FY 2010 annual fees assessed to the power reactor class was calculated as shown in Table XIII. FY 2009 values are shown for comparison. (Individual values may not sum to totals due to rounding.)

Table XIII—Annual Fee Summary Calculations for Operating Power Reactors

[Dollars in millions]

Summary fee calculationsFY 2009 FinalFY 2010 Final
Total budgeted resources$761.5$787.3
Less estimated part 170 receipts−288.8−312.5
Net part 171 resources472.7474.8
Allocated generic transportation+0.9+0.8
Fee-relief adjustment/LLW surcharge−1.6+7.5
Billing adjustments−3.6−1.0
Total required annual fee recovery468.3482.1

The budgeted costs to be recovered through annual fees to power reactors are divided equally among the 104 power reactors licensed to operate. This results in a FY 2010 annual fee of $4,636,000 per reactor, of which approximately $72,200 is the fee-relief adjustment/LLW surcharge. Additionally, each power reactor licensed to operate would be assessed the FY 2010 spent fuel storage/reactor decommissioning annual fee of $148,000 which results in a total FY 2010 annual fee of $4,784,000 for each power reactor licensed to operate. The part 170 collections estimate for the final rule decreased by approximately $6.2 million compared with the proposed rule primarily due to decreased billing for work related to new applications. As a result, the annual fee for each power reactor in the final rule increased by approximately 1.3 percent compared to the proposed rule.

The annual fee for power reactors is higher in FY 2010 than in FY 2009, primarily due to increased budgeted resources for licensing, international, oversight, and new reactor activities, and the increased fee-relief adjustment, which was a reduction in FY 2009. This increase is partially offset by a decrease in budgeted resources for incident response activities and higher estimated part 170 collections. The annual fees for power reactors are presented in §171.15.

d. Spent Fuel Storage/Reactor Decommissioning

For FY 2010, budgeted costs of approximately $18.2 million for spent fuel storage/reactor decommissioning are to be recovered through annual fees assessed to 10 CFR part 50 power reactors, and to part 72 licensees who do not hold a part 50 license. Those reactor licensees that have ceased operations and have no fuel onsite are not subject to these annual fees. Table XIV shows the calculation of this annual fee amount. FY 2009 values are shown for comparison. (Individual values may not sum to totals due to rounding.)

Table XIV—Annual Fee Summary Calculations for the Spent Fuel Storage/Reactor Decommissioning Fee Class

[Dollars in millions]

Summary fee calculationsFY 2009 FinalFY 2010 Final
Total budgeted resources$21.1$24.1
Less estimated part 170 receipts−6.1−6.4
Net part 171 resources15.017.7
Allocated generic transportation+0.2+0.4
Fee-relief adjustment−0.1+0.2
Billing adjustments−0.10.0
Total required annual fee recovery15.118.2
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The required annual fee recovery amount is divided equally among 123 licensees, resulting in a FY 2010 annual fee of $148,000 per licensee. The value of total budgeted resources for this fee class is higher in FY 2010 than in FY 2009, due to increased budgeted resources for information technology and legal support and for spent fuel storage licensing and certification activities. This increase is partially offset by a decrease in reactor decommissioning inspection and licensing activities. The part 170 collections estimate for the final rule decreased by approximately eight percent due to decreased billings which resulted in a higher FY 2010 annual fee compared with the proposed rule.

e. Test and Research Reactors (Non-power Reactors)

Approximately $330,000 in budgeted costs is to be recovered through annual fees assessed to the test and research reactor class of licenses for FY 2010. Table XV summarizes the annual fee calculation for test and research reactors for FY 2010. FY 2009 values are shown for comparison. (Individual values may not sum to totals due to rounding.)

Table XV—Annual Fee Summary Calculations for Test and Research Reactors

[Dollars in millions]

Summary fee calculationsFY 2009 FinalFY 2010 Final
Total budgeted resources$1.22$1.31
Less estimated part 170 receipts−0.87−1.01
Net part 171 resources0.350.30
Allocated generic transportation+0.01+0.01
Fee-relief adjustment−0.00+0.01
Billing adjustments−0.01−0.00
Total required annual fee recovery0.350.33

This required annual fee recovery amount is divided equally among the four test and research reactors subject to annual fees and results in a FY 2010 annual fee of $81,700 for each licensee. The decrease in annual fees from FY 2009 to FY 2010 is due to a higher part 170 revenue estimate for license renewal activity. In the final rule, annual fee for the test and research reactors decreased slightly compared to the proposed rule due to a small decrease ($450) in generic transportation resources allocated to this fee class.

f. Rare Earth Facilities

The agency does not anticipate receiving an application for a rare earth facility this fiscal year, so no budget resources are allocated to this fee class, and no annual fee will be published in FY 2010.

g. Materials Users

Table XVI shows the calculation of the FY 2010 annual fee amount for materials users licensees. FY 2009 values are shown for comparison. Note the following fee categories under § 171.16 are included in this fee class: 1.C., 1.D., 2.B., 2.C., 3.A. through 3.S., 4.A. through 4.C., 5.A., 5.B., 6.A., 7.A. through 7.C., 8.A., 9.A. through 9.D., 16, and 17. (Individual values may not sum to totals due to rounding.)

Table XVI—Annual Fee Summary Calculations for Materials Users

[Dollars in millions]

Summary fee calculationsFY 2009 FinalFY 2010 Final
Total budgeted resources$28.7$28.8
Less estimated part 170 receipts−1.7−1.8
Net part 171 resources27.027.0
Allocated generic transportation+0.8+0.8
Fee-relief adjustment/LLW surcharge+0.6+0.9
Billing adjustments−0.1−0.0
Total required annual fee recovery28.428.7

The total required annual fees to be recovered from materials licensees increases in FY 2010, mainly because of increases in the budgeted resources allocated to this fee class for legal support, information technology support, and enforcement activities. This is partially offset by a decrease in budgeted resources for licensing activities and higher estimated part 170 revenue resulting from the higher FY 2009 fees. Annual fees for all fee categories within the materials users fee class increase. The number of licensees decreased because of the transfer of licensees to the State of New Jersey, which became an Agreement State on September 30, 2009. In the final rule, annual fees for some licensees decrease slightly (fee categories 3.A., 3.C., 3.G., 3.I., 4.C., 5.A., and 17) compared to the proposed rule because of a small decrease ($25,000) in the generic transportation resources allocated to this fee class.

To equitably and fairly allocate the $28.7 million in FY 2010 budgeted costs to be recovered in annual fees assessed to the approximately 3,150 diverse materials users licensees, the NRC will continue to base the annual fees for each fee category within this class on the part 170 application fees and estimated inspection costs for each fee category. Because the application fees and inspection costs are indicative of the complexity of the license, this approach continues to provide a proxy for Start Printed Page 34232allocating the generic and other regulatory costs to the diverse categories of licenses based on the NRC's cost to regulate each category. This fee calculation also continues to consider the inspection frequency (priority), which is indicative of the safety risk and resulting regulatory costs associated with the categories of licenses.

The annual fee for these categories of materials users licenses is developed as follows:

Annual fee = Constant × [Application Fee + (Average Inspection Cost divided by Inspection Priority)] + Inspection Multiplier × (Average Inspection Cost divided by Inspection Priority) + Unique Category Costs.

The constant is the multiple necessary to recover approximately $20 million in general costs (including allocated generic transportation costs) and is 1.5 for FY 2010. The average inspection cost is the average inspection hours for each fee category multiplied by the hourly rate of $259. The inspection priority is the interval between routine inspections, expressed in years. The inspection multiplier is the multiple necessary to recover approximately $7.6 million in inspection costs, and is 2.2 for FY 2010. The unique category costs are any special costs that the NRC has budgeted for a specific category of licenses. For FY 2010, approximately $107,500 in budgeted costs for the implementation of revised 10 CFR part 35, Medical Use of Byproduct Material (unique costs) has been allocated to holders of NRC human use licenses.

The annual fee to be assessed to each licensee also includes a share of the fee-relief adjustment of approximately $187,000 allocated to the materials users fee class (see Section III.B.1., “Application of Fee-Relief and Low-Level Waste Surcharge,” of this document), and for certain categories of these licensees, a share of the approximately $719,000 in LLW surcharge costs allocated to the fee class. The annual fee for each fee category is shown in § 171.16(d).

h. Transportation

Table XVII shows the calculation of the FY 2010 generic transportation budgeted resources to be recovered through annual fees. FY 2009 values are shown for comparison. (Individual values may not sum to totals due to rounding.)

Table XVII—Annual Fee Summary Calculations for Transportation

[Dollars in millions]

Summary fee calculationsFY 2009 FinalFY 2010 Final
Total budgeted resources$6.1$6.6
Less estimated part 170 receipts−$2.9−$3.3
Net part 171 resources$3.1$3.3

The NRC must approve any package used for shipping nuclear material before shipment. If the package meets NRC requirements, the NRC issues a Radioactive Material Package Certificate of Compliance (CoC) to the organization requesting approval of a package. Organizations are authorized to ship radioactive material in a package approved for use under the general licensing provisions of 10 CFR part 71. The resources associated with generic transportation activities are distributed to the license fee classes based on the number of CoCs benefitting (used by) that fee class, as a proxy for the generic transportation resources expended for each fee class.

The total FY 2010 budgeted resources for generic transportation activities, including those to support DOE CoCs, are $3.3 million. The budgeted resources for these activities are higher in FY 2010 than in FY 2009, mostly due to an increase in budgeted resources for homeland security safeguards, licensing, and certification activities. Generic transportation resources associated with fee-exempt entities are not included in this total. These costs are included in the appropriate fee-relief category (e.g., the fee-relief category for nonprofit educational institutions). In the final rule, the part 170 collections estimate increased by approximately $105,000 due to increased billings. The higher part 170 collections estimate for Transportation results in a lower annual fee for the DOE in the final rule compared to the proposed rule.

Consistent with the policy established in the NRC's FY 2006 final fee rule (71 FR 30721; May 30, 2006), the NRC will recover generic transportation costs unrelated to DOE as part of existing annual fees for license fee classes. The NRC will continue to assess a separate annual fee under § 171.16, fee category 18.A., for DOE transportation activities. The amount of the allocated generic resources is calculated by multiplying the percentage of total CoCs used by each fee class (and DOE) by the total generic transportation resources to be recovered. Because of the increase in total budgeted resources for transportation, the generic transportation cost allocated to most fee classes is higher than the FY 2009 cost. Compared to the proposed rule, the generic transportation cost allocated to some fee classes decreased in the final rule. This resulted in decreases in annual fees for non-power reactors, fuel facilities, and some materials users.

The distribution of these costs to be recovered through annual fees to the license fee classes and DOE is shown in Table XVIII. The distribution is adjusted to account for the licensees in each fee class that are fee-exempt. For example, if 3 CoCs benefit the entire test and research reactor class, but only 4 of 32 test and research reactors are subject to annual fees, the number of CoCs used to determine the proportion of generic transportation resources allocated to test and research reactor annual fees equals ((4/32)*3), or 0.4 CoCs.

Table XVIII—Distribution of Generic Transportation Resources, FY 2010

[Dollars in millions]

License fee class/DOENumber CoCs benefiting fee class or DOEPercentage of total CoCsAllocated generic transportation resources
Total82.7100.0$3.28
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DOE21.025.40.83
Operating Power Reactors19.023.00.75
Spent Fuel Storage/Reactor Decommissioning9.010.90.36
Test and Research Reactors0.40.50.01
Fuel Facilities13.015.70.52
Materials Users20.324.50.80

The NRC is proposing to continue to assess an annual fee to DOE based on the part 71 CoCs it holds and not allocate these DOE-related resources to other licensees' annual fees, because these resources specifically support DOE. Note that DOE's annual fee includes an increase for the fee-relief adjustment (see Section III.B.1, “Application of Fee-Relief and Low-Level Waste Surcharge,” of this document), resulting in a total annual fee of $861,000 for FY 2010. This fee increase from last year is primarily due to an increase in budgeted resources for transportation activities and a higher percentage of the total number of CoCs. The FY 2010 final fee rule amount for DOE decreased by 2.8 percent compared to the proposed rule due to higher part 170 collections estimate used in the final rule.

4. Administrative Amendments

The NRC is updating some of the program codes found next to the materials users fee categories in § 171.16. The program codes were added in the FY 2008 final rule and the NRC plans to update the program codes as needed.

In addition, the NRC is editing footnote 4 in § 171.16 to use the same descriptive language that is used for fee category 2.A(f) “Other facilities” that footnote 4 references. This does not change the meaning of footnote 4 but provides consistency.

In summary, the NRC is—

1. Recovering the NRC's fee-relief shortfall by increasing all licensees' annual fees, based on their percent of the NRC budget;

2. Revising the number of NRC licensees to reflect that the State of New Jersey became an Agreement State effective September 30, 2009;

3. Establishing rebaselined annual fees for FY 2010; and

4. Making certain administrative changes for purposes of updating some program codes and providing rule consistency.

IV. Voluntary Consensus Standards

The National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995 (15 U.S.C. 3701) requires that Federal agencies use technical standards that are developed or adopted by voluntary consensus standards bodies, unless using these standards is inconsistent with applicable law or is otherwise impractical. In this final rule, the NRC is amending the licensing, inspection, and annual fees charged to its licensees and applicants as necessary to recover approximately 90 percent of its budget authority in FY 2010, as required by the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990, as amended. This action does not constitute the establishment of a standard that contains generally applicable requirements.

V. Environmental Impact: Categorical Exclusion

The NRC has determined that this final rule is the type of action described in categorical exclusion 10 CFR 51.22(c)(1). Therefore, neither an environmental assessment nor an environmental impact statement has been prepared for the final rule. By its very nature, this regulatory action does not affect the environment and, therefore, no environmental justice issues are raised.

VI. Paperwork Reduction Act Statement

This final rule does not contain information collection requirements and, therefore, is not subject to the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.).

Public Protection Notification

The NRC may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a request for information or an information collection requirement, unless the requesting document displays a currently valid OMB control number.

VII. Regulatory Analysis

With respect to 10 CFR part 170, this final rule was developed under Title V of the IOAA (31 U.S.C. 9701) and the Commission's fee guidelines. When developing these guidelines, the Commission took into account guidance provided by the U.S. Supreme Court on March 4, 1974, in National Cable Television Association, Inc. v. United States, 415 U.S. 36 (1974) and Federal Power Commission v. New England Power Company, 415 U.S. 345 (1974). In these decisions, the Court held that the IOAA authorizes an agency to charge fees for special benefits rendered to identifiable persons measured by the “value to the recipient” of the agency service. The meaning of the IOAA was further clarified on December 16, 1976 by four decisions of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia: National Cable Television Association v. Federal Communications Commission, 554 F.2d 1094 (DC Cir. 1976); National Association of Broadcasters v. Federal Communications Commission, 554 F.2d 1118 (DC Cir. 1976); Electronic Industries Association v. Federal Communications Commission, 554 F.2d 1109 (DC Cir. 1976); and Capital Cities Communication, Inc. v. Federal Communications Commission, 554 F.2d 1135 (DC Cir. 1976). The Commission's fee guidelines were developed based on these legal decisions.

The Commission's fee guidelines were upheld on August 24, 1979, by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Mississippi Power and Light Co. v. U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 601 F.2d 223 (5th Cir. 1979), cert. denied, 444 U.S. 1102 (1980). This court held that—

(1) The NRC had the authority to recover the full cost of providing services to identifiable beneficiaries;

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(3) The NRC could charge for costs incurred in conducting environmental reviews required by the National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 4321);

(4) The NRC properly included the costs of uncontested hearings and of administrative and technical support services in the fee schedule;

(5) The NRC could assess a fee for renewing a license to operate a low-level radioactive waste burial site; and

(6) The NRC's fees were not arbitrary or capricious.

With respect to 10 CFR part 171, on November 5, 1990, the Congress passed OBRA-90, which required that, for FYs 1991 through 1995, approximately 100 percent of the NRC budget authority, less appropriations from the NWF, be recovered through the assessment of fees. OBRA-90 was subsequently amended to extend the 100 percent fee recovery requirement through FY 2000. The FY 2001 Energy and Water Development Appropriation Act (EWDAA) amended OBRA-90 to decrease the NRC's fee recovery amount by 2 percent per year beginning in FY 2001, until the fee recovery amount was 90 percent in FY 2005. The FY 2006 EWDAA extended this 90 percent fee recovery requirement for FY 2006. Section 637 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 made the 90 percent fee recovery requirement permanent in FY 2007. As a result, the NRC is required to recover through fees approximately 90 percent of its FY 2010 budget authority, less the amounts appropriated from the NWF and amounts appropriated for WIR and generic homeland security activities. To comply with this statutory requirement and in accordance with § 171.13, the NRC is publishing the amount of the FY 2010 annual fees for reactor licensees, fuel cycle licensees, materials licensees, and holders of CoCs, registrations of sealed source and devices, and Government agencies. OBRA-90, consistent with the accompanying Conference Committee Report, and the amendments to OBRA-90, provides that—

(1) The annual fees will be based on approximately 90 percent of the Commission's FY 2010 budget of $1,066.9 million not including the following items: funds appropriated from the NWF to cover the NRC's high-level waste program, amounts appropriated for WIR and generic homeland security activities, and the amount of funds collected from part 170 fees;

(2) The annual fees shall, to the maximum extent practicable, have a reasonable relationship to the cost of regulatory services provided by the Commission; and

(3) The annual fees be assessed to those licensees the Commission, in its discretion, determines can fairly, equitably, and practicably contribute to their payment.

Part 171, which established annual fees for operating power reactors, effective October 20, 1986 (51 FR 33224; September 18, 1986), was challenged and upheld in its entirety in Florida Power and Light Company v. United States, 846 F.2d 765 (DC.Cir. 1988), cert. denied, 490 U.S. 1045 (1989). Further, the NRC's FY 1991 annual fee rule methodology was upheld by the DC Circuit Court of Appeals in Allied Signal v. NRC, 988 F.2d 146 (DC Cir. 1993).

VIII. Regulatory Flexibility Analysis

The NRC is required by the OBRA-90, as amended, to recover approximately 90 percent of its FY 2010 budget authority through the assessment of user fees. This Act further requires that the NRC establish a schedule of charges that fairly and equitably allocates the aggregate amount of these charges among licensees.

This final rule establishes the schedules of fees that are necessary to implement the Congressional mandate for FY 2010. This final rule results in increases in the annual fees charged to certain licensees and holders of certificates, registrations, and approvals, and in decreases in annual fees charged to others. Licensees affected by the annual fee increases and decreases include those that qualify as a small entity under NRC's size standards in 10 CFR 2.810. The Regulatory Flexibility Analysis, prepared in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 604, is included as Appendix A to this final rule.

The Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) requires all Federal agencies to prepare a written compliance guide for each rule for which the agency is required by 5 U.S.C. 604 to prepare a regulatory flexibility analysis. Therefore, in compliance with the law, Attachment 1 to the Regulatory Flexibility Analysis is the small entity compliance guide for FY 2010.

IX. Backfit Analysis

The NRC has determined that the backfit rule, 10 CFR 50.109, does not apply to this final rule and that a backfit analysis is not required for this final rule. The backfit analysis is not required because these amendments do not require the modification of, or additions to, systems, structures, components, or the design of a facility, or the design approval or manufacturing license for a facility, or the procedures or organization required to design, construct, or operate a facility.

X. Congressional Review Act

In accordance with the Congressional Review Act of 1996 (5 U.S.C. 801-808), the NRC has determined that this action is a major rule and has verified the determination with the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs of the Office of Management and Budget.

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For the reasons set out in the preamble and under the authority of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended; the Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, as amended; and

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PART 170—FEES FOR FACILITIES, MATERIALS, IMPORT AND EXPORT LICENSES, AND OTHER REGULATORY SERVICES UNDER THE ATOMIC ENERGY ACT OF 1954, AS AMENDED

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1. The authority citation for part 170 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: Section 9701, Pub. L. 97-258, 96 Stat. 1051 (31 U.S.C. 9701); sec. 301, Pub. L. 92-314, 86 Stat. 227 (42 U.S.C. 2201w); sec. 201, Pub. L. 93-438, 88 Stat. 1242, as amended (42 U.S.C. 5841); sec. 205a, Pub. L. 101-576, 104 Stat. 2842, as amended (31 U.S.C. 901, 902); sec. 1704, 112 Stat. 2750 (44 U.S.C. 3504 note), sec. 623, Pub. L. 109-58, 119 Stat. 783 (42 U.S.C. 2201(w)); sec. 651(e), Pub. L. 109-58, 119 Stat. 806-810 (42 U.S.C. 2014, 2021, 2021b, 2111).

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2. In § 170.11, the introductory text of paragraph (a)(1), is revised to read as follows:

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Exemptions.

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(1) A special project that is a request/report submitted to the NRC—

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3. Section 170.20 is revised to read as follows:

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Average cost per professional staff-hour.

Fees for permits, licenses, amendments, renewals, special projects, 10 CFR part 55 re-qualification and replacement examinations and tests, other required reviews, approvals, and inspections under §§ 170.21 and 170.31 will be calculated using the professional staff-hour rate of $259 per hour.

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4. In § 170.21, in the table, fee category K is revised to read as follows:

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Schedule of fees for production and utilization facilities, review of standard referenced design approvals, special projects, inspections, and import and export licenses.
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Schedule of Facility Fees

[See footnotes at end of table]

Facility categories and type of feesFees 1 2
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K. Import and export licenses:
Licenses for the import and export only of production and utilization facilities or the export only of components for production and utilization facilities issued under 10 CFR Part 110.
1. Application for import or export of production and utilization facilities 4 (including reactors and other facilities) and exports of components requiring Commission and Executive Branch review, for example, actions under 10 CFR 110.40(b).
Application—new license, or amendment; or license exemption request$16,900
2. Application for export of reactor and other components requiring Executive Branch review only, for example, those actions under 10 CFR 110.41(a)(1)-(8).
Application—new license, or amendment; or license exemption request$9,900
3. Application for export of components requiring the assistance of the Executive Branch to obtain foreign government assurances.
Application—new license, or amendment; or license exemption request$4,200
4. Application for export of facility components and equipment (examples provided in 10 CFR part 110, Appendix A, Items (5) through (9)) not requiring Commission or Executive Branch review, or obtaining foreign government assurances.
Application—new license, or amendment; or license exemption request$2,600
5. Minor amendment of any active export or import license, for example, to extend the expiration date, change domestic information, or make other revisions which do not involve any substantive changes to license terms or conditions or to the type of facility or component authorized for export and therefore, do not require in-depth analysis or review or consultation with the Executive Branch, U.S. host state, or foreign government authorities.
Minor amendment to license$780
1 Fees will not be charged for orders related to civil penalties or other civil sanctions issued by the Commission under § 2.202 of this chapter or for amendments resulting specifically from the requirements of these orders. For orders unrelated to civil penalties or other civil sanctions, fees will be charged for any resulting licensee-specific activities not otherwise exempted from fees under this chapter. Fees will be charged for approvals issued under a specific exemption provision of the Commission's regulations under Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (e.g., 10 CFR 50.12, 10 CFR 73.5) and any other sections in effect now or in the future, regardless of whether the approval is in the form of a license amendment, letter of approval, safety evaluation report, or other form.
2 Full cost fees will be determined based on the professional staff time and appropriate contractual support services expended. For applications currently on file and for which fees are determined based on the full cost expended for the review, the professional staff hours expended for the review of the application up to the effective date of the final rule will be determined at the professional rates in effect when the service was provided. For those applications currently on file for which review costs have reached an applicable fee ceiling established by the June 20, 1984 and July 2, 1990 rules, but are still pending completion of the review, the cost incurred after any applicable ceiling was reached through January 29, 1989 will not be billed to the applicant. Any professional staff-hours expended above those ceilings on or after January 30, 1989 will be assessed at the applicable rates established by § 170.20, as appropriate, except for topical reports whose costs exceed $50,000. Costs which exceed $50,000 for any topical report, amendment, revision or supplement to a topical report completed or under review from January 30, 1989 through August 8, 1991 will not be billed to the applicant. Any professional hours expended on or after August 9, 1991 will be assessed at the applicable rate established in § 170.20.
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4 Imports only of major components for end-use at NRC-licensed reactors are now authorized under NRC general import license.
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5. In §170.31, the table is revised to read as follows:

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Schedule of fees for materials licenses and other regulatory services, including inspections and import and export licenses.
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Schedule of Materials Fees

[See footnotes at end of table]

Category of materials licenses and type of fees 1Fee 2 3
1. Special nuclear material:
A. (1) Licenses for possession and use of U-235 or plutonium for fuel fabrication activities.
(a) Strategic Special Nuclear Material (High Enriched Uranium) [Program Code(s): 21130]Full Cost.
(b) Low Enriched Uranium in Dispersible Form Used for Fabrication of Power Reactor Fuel [Program Code(s): 21210]Full Cost.
(2) All other special nuclear materials licenses not included in Category 1.A.(1) which are licensed for fuel cycle activities.
(a) Facilities with limited operations [Program Code(s): 21310, 21320]Full Cost.
(b) Gas centrifuge enrichment demonstration facilitiesFull Cost.
(c) Others, including hot cell facilitiesFull Cost.
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B. Licenses for receipt and storage of spent fuel and reactor-related Greater than Class C (GTCC) waste at an independent spent fuel storage installation (ISFSI) [Program Code(s): 23200]Full Cost.
C. Licenses for possession and use of special nuclear material in sealed sources contained in devices used in industrial measuring systems, including x-ray fluorescence analyzers.4
Application [Program Code(s): 22140]$1,200
D. All other special nuclear material licenses, except licenses authorizing special nuclear material in unsealed form in combination that would constitute a critical quantity, as defined in §150.11 of this chapter, for which the licensee shall pay the same fees as those under Category 1.A.4
Application [Program Code(s): 22110, 22111, 22120, 22131, 22136, 22150, 22151, 22161, 22163, 22170, 23100, 23300, 23310]$2,400
E. Licenses or certificates for construction and operation of a uranium enrichment facility [Program Code(s): 21200]Full Cost.
2. Source material:
A. (1) Licenses for possession and use of source material for refining uranium mill concentrates to uranium hexafluoride [Program Code(s): 11400]Full Cost.
(2) Licenses for possession and use of source material in recovery operations such as milling, in-situ recovery, heap-leaching, ore buying stations, ion-exchange facilities, and in processing of ores containing source material for extraction of metals other than uranium or thorium, including licenses authorizing the possession of byproduct waste material (tailings) from source material recovery operations, as well as licenses authorizing the possession and maintenance of a facility in a standby mode.
(a) Conventional and Heap Leach facilities [Program Code(s): 11100]Full Cost.
(b) Basic In Situ Recovery facilities [Program Code(s): 11500]Full Cost.
(c) Expanded In Situ Recovery facilities [Program Code(s): 11510]Full Cost.
(d) In Situ Recovery Resin facilities [Program Code(s): 11550]Full Cost.
(e) Resin Toll Milling facilities [Program Code(s): 11555]Full Cost.
(f) Other facilities [Program Code(s): 11700]Full Cost.
(3) Licenses that authorize the receipt of byproduct material, as defined in Section 11e.(2) of the Atomic Energy Act, from other persons for possession and disposal, except those licenses subject to the fees in Category 2.A.(2) or Category 2.A.(4) [Program Code(s): 11600, 12000]Full Cost.
(4) Licenses that authorize the receipt of byproduct material, as defined in Section 11e.(2) of the Atomic Energy Act, from other persons for possession and disposal incidental to the disposal of the uranium waste tailings generated by the licensee's milling operations, except those licenses subject to the fees in Category 2.A.(2) [Program Code(s): 12010]Full Cost.
(5) Licenses that authorize the possession of source material related to removal of contaminants (source material) from drinking water [Program Code(s): 11820]Full Cost.
B. Licenses which authorize the possession, use, and/or installation of source material for shielding.
Application [Program Code(s): 11210]$570
C. All other source material licenses
Application [Program Code(s): 11200, 11220, 11221, 11230, 11300, 11800, 11810]$10,200
3. Byproduct material:
A. Licenses of broad scope for the possession and use of byproduct material issued under parts 30 and 33 of this chapter for processing or manufacturing of items containing byproduct material for commercial distribution.
Application [Program Code(s): 03211, 03212, 03213]$12,100
B. Other licenses for possession and use of byproduct material issued under part 30 of this chapter for processing or manufacturing of items containing byproduct material for commercial distribution.
Application [Program Code(s): 03214, 03215, 22135, 22162]$4,600
C. Licenses issued under §§ 32.72 and/or 32.74 of this chapter that authorize the processing or manufacturing and distribution or redistribution of radiopharmaceuticals, generators, reagent kits, and/or sources and devices containing byproduct material. This category does not apply to licenses issued to nonprofit educational institutions whose processing or manufacturing is exempt under §170.11(a)(4). These licenses are covered by fee Category 3.D.
Application [Program Code(s): 02500, 02511, 02513]$6,600
D. Licenses and approvals issued under §§ 32.72 and/or 32.74 of this chapter authorizing distribution or redistribution of radiopharmaceuticals, generators, reagent kits, and/or sources or devices not involving processing of byproduct material. This category includes licenses issued under §§ 32.72 and/or 32.74 of this chapter to nonprofit educational institutions whose processing or manufacturing is exempt under §§ 170.11(a)(4).
Application [Program Code(s): 02512, 02514]$4,400
E. Licenses for possession and use of byproduct material in sealed sources for irradiation of materials in which the source is not removed from its shield (self-shielded units).
Application [Program Code(s): 03510, 03520]$3,000
F. Licenses for possession and use of less than 10,000 curies of byproduct material in sealed sources for irradiation of materials in which the source is exposed for irradiation purposes. This category also includes underwater irradiators for irradiation of materials where the source is not exposed for irradiation purposes.
Application [Program Code(s): 03511]$6,100
G. Licenses for possession and use of 10,000 curies or more of byproduct material in sealed sources for irradiation of materials in which the source is exposed for irradiation purposes. This category also includes underwater irradiators for irradiation of materials where the source is not exposed for irradiation purposes.
Application [Program Code(s): 03521]$29,000
H. Licenses issued under Subpart A of part 32 of this chapter to distribute items containing byproduct material that require device review to persons exempt from the licensing requirements of part 30 of this chapter. The category does not include specific licenses authorizing redistribution of items that have been authorized for distribution to persons exempt from the licensing requirements of part 30 of this chapter.
Application [Program Code(s): 03254, 03255]$5,500
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I. Licenses issued under Subpart A of part 32 of this chapter to distribute items containing byproduct material or quantities of byproduct material that do not require device evaluation to persons exempt from the licensing requirements of part 30 of this chapter. This category does not include specific licenses authorizing redistribution of items that have been authorized for distribution to persons exempt from the licensing requirements of part 30 of this chapter.
Application [Program Code(s): 03250, 03251, 03252, 03253, 03256]$10,100
J. Licenses issued under Subpart B of part 32 of this chapter to distribute items containing byproduct material that require sealed source and/or device review to persons generally licensed under part 31 of this chapter. This category does not include specific licenses authorizing redistribution of items that have been authorized for distribution to persons generally licensed under part 31 of this chapter.
Application [Program Code(s): 03240, 03241, 03243]$1,900
K. Licenses issued under Subpart B of part 32 of this chapter to distribute items containing byproduct material or quantities of byproduct material that do not require sealed source and/or device review to persons generally licensed under part 31 of this chapter. This category does not include specific licenses authorizing redistribution of items that have been authorized for distribution to persons generally licensed under part 31 of this chapter.
Application [Program Code(s): 03242, 03244]$1,100
L. Licenses of broad scope for possession and use of byproduct material issued under parts 30 and 33 of this chapter for research and development that do not authorize commercial distribution.
Application [Program Code(s): 01100, 01110, 01120, 03610, 03611, 03612, 03613]$10,200
M. Other licenses for possession and use of byproduct material issued under part 30 of this chapter for research and development that do not authorize commercial distribution.
Application [Program Code(s): 03620]$3,500
N. Licenses that authorize services for other licensees, except:
(1) Licenses that authorize only calibration and/or leak testing services are subject to the fees specified in fee Category 3.P.; and
(2) Licenses that authorize waste disposal services are subject to the fees specified in fee Categories 4.A., 4.B., and 4.C.
Application [Program Code(s): 03219, 03225, 03226]$6,100
O. Licenses for possession and use of byproduct material issued under part 34 of this chapter for industrial radiography operations.
Application [Program Code(s): 03310, 03320]$5,800
P. All other specific byproduct material licenses, except those in Categories 4.A. through 9.D.
Application [Program Code(s): 02400, 02410, 03120, 03121, 03122, 03123, 03124, 03220, 03221, 03222, 03800, 03810, 22130]$1,400
Q. Registration of a device(s) generally licensed under part 31 of this chapter.
Registration$320
R. Possession of items or products containing radium-226 identified in 10 CFR 31.12 which exceed the number of items or limits specified in that section.6
1. Possession of quantities exceeding the number of items or limits in 10 CFR 31.12(a)(4), or (5) but less than or equal to 10 times the number of items or limits specified.
Application [Program Code(s): 02700]$1,190
2. Possession of quantities exceeding 10 times the number of items or limits specified in 10 CFR 31.12(a)(4), or (5).
Application [Program Code(s): 02710]$1,400
S. Licenses for production of accelerator-produced radionuclides.
Application [Program Code(s): 03210]$6,600
4. Waste disposal and processing:
A. Licenses specifically authorizing the receipt of waste byproduct material, source material, or special nuclear material from other persons for the purpose of contingency storage or commercial land disposal by the licensee; or licenses authorizing contingency storage of low-level radioactive waste at the site of nuclear power reactors; or licenses for receipt of waste from other persons for incineration or other treatment, packaging of resulting waste and residues, and transfer of packages to another person authorized to receive or dispose of waste material. [Program Code(s): 03231, 03233, 03235, 03236, 06100, 06101]Full Cost.
B. Licenses specifically authorizing the receipt of waste byproduct material, source material, or special nuclear material from other persons for the purpose of packaging or repackaging the material. The licensee will dispose of the material by transfer to another person authorized to receive or dispose of the material.
Application [Program Code(s): 03234]$4,500
C. Licenses specifically authorizing the receipt of prepackaged waste byproduct material, source material, or special nuclear material from other persons. The licensee will dispose of the material by transfer to another person authorized to receive or dispose of the material.
Application [Program Code(s): 03232]$4,700
5. Well logging:
A. Licenses for possession and use of byproduct material, source material, and/or special nuclear material for well logging, well surveys, and tracer studies other than field flooding tracer studies.
Application [Program Code(s): 03110, 03111, 03112]$3,400
B. Licenses for possession and use of byproduct material for field flooding tracer studies.
Licensing [Program Code(s): 03113]Full Cost.
6. Nuclear laundries:
A. Licenses for commercial collection and laundry of items contaminated with byproduct material, source material, or special nuclear material.
Application [Program Code(s): 03218]$20,700
7. Medical licenses:
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A. Licenses issued under parts 30, 35, 40, and 70 of this chapter for human use of byproduct material, source material, or special nuclear material in sealed sources contained in gamma stereotactic radiosurgery units, teletherapy devices, or similar beam therapy devices.
Application [Program Code(s): 02300, 02310]$11,300
B. Licenses of broad scope issued to medical institutions or two or more physicians under parts 30, 33, 35, 40, and 70 of this chapter authorizing research and development, including human use of byproduct material, except licenses for byproduct material, source material, or special nuclear material in sealed sources contained in teletherapy devices. This category also includes the possession and use of source material for shielding when authorized on the same license.
Application [Program Code(s): 02110]$8,100
C. Other licenses issued under parts 30, 35, 40, and 70 of this chapter for human use of byproduct material, source material, and/or special nuclear material, except licenses for byproduct material, source material, or special nuclear material in sealed sources contained in teletherapy devices.
Application [Program Code(s): 02120, 02121, 02200, 02201, 02210, 02220, 02230, 02231, 02240, 22160]$2,300
8. Civil defense:
A. Licenses for possession and use of byproduct material, source material, or special nuclear material for civil defense activities.
Application [Program Code(s): 03710]$1,190
9. Device, product, or sealed source safety evaluation:
A. Safety evaluation of devices or products containing byproduct material, source material, or special nuclear material, except reactor fuel devices, for commercial distribution.
Application—each device$8,400
B. Safety evaluation of devices or products containing byproduct material, source material, or special nuclear material manufactured in accordance with the unique specifications of, and for use by, a single applicant, except reactor fuel devices.
Application—each device$8,400
C. Safety evaluation of sealed sources containing byproduct material, source material, or special nuclear material, except reactor fuel, for commercial distribution.
Application—each source$5,900
D. Safety evaluation of sealed sources containing byproduct material, source material, or special nuclear material, manufactured in accordance with the unique specifications of, and for use by, a single applicant, except reactor fuel.
Application—each source$990
10. Transportation of radioactive material:
A. Evaluation of casks, packages, and shipping containers.
1. Spent Fuel, High-Level Waste, and plutonium air packagesFull Cost.
2. Other CasksFull Cost.
B. Quality assurance program approvals issued under part 71 of this chapter.
1. Users and Fabricators.
Application$3,200
InspectionsFull Cost.
2. Users.
Application$3,200
InspectionsFull Cost.
C. Evaluation of security plans, route approvals, route surveys, and transportation security devices (including immobilization devices)Full Cost.
11. Review of standardized spent fuel facilitiesFull Cost.
12. Special projects:
Including approvals, preapplication/licensing activities, and inspectionsFull Cost.
13. A. Spent fuel storage cask Certificate of ComplianceFull Cost.
B. Inspections related to storage of spent fuel under § 72.210 of this chapterFull Cost.
14. A. Byproduct, source, or special nuclear material licenses and other approvals authorizing decommissioning, decontamination, reclamation, or site restoration activities under parts 30, 40, 70, 72, and 76 of this chapterFull Cost.
B. Site-specific decommissioning activities associated with unlicensed sites, regardless of whether or not the sites have been previously licensedFull Cost.
15. Import and Export licenses:
Licenses issued under part 110 of this chapter for the import and export only of special nuclear material, source material, tritium and other byproduct material, and the export only of heavy water, or nuclear grade graphite (fee categories 15.A. through 15.E.).
A. Application for export or import of nuclear materials, including radioactive waste requiring Commission and Executive Branch review, for example, those actions under 10 CFR 110.40(b).
Application—new license, or amendment; or license exemption request$16,900
B. Application for export or import of nuclear material, including radioactive waste, requiring Executive Branch review, but not Commission review. This category includes applications for the export and import of radioactive waste and requires NRC to consult with domestic host state authorities (i.e., Low-Level Radioactive Waste Compact Commission, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, etc.).
Application—new license, or amendment; or license exemption request$9,900
C. Application for export of nuclear material, for example, routine reloads of low enriched uranium reactor fuel and/or natural uranium source material requiring the assistance of the Executive Branch to obtain foreign government assurances.
Application—new license, or amendment; or license exemption request$4,200
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D. Application for export or import of nuclear material, including radioactive waste, not requiring Commission or Executive Branch review, or obtaining foreign government assurances. This category includes applications for export or import of radioactive waste where the NRC has previously authorized the export or import of the same form of waste to or from the same or similar parties located in the same country, requiring only confirmation from the receiving facility and licensing authorities that the shipments may proceed according to previously agreed understandings and procedures.
Application—new license, or amendment; or license exemption request$2,600
E. Minor amendment of any active export or import license, for example, to extend the expiration date, change domestic information, or make other revisions which do not involve any substantive changes to license terms and conditions or to the type/quantity/chemical composition of the material authorized for export and, therefore, do not require in-depth analysis, review, or consultations with other Executive Branch, U.S. host state, or foreign government authorities.
Minor amendment$780
Licenses issued under part 110 of this chapter for the import and export only of Category 1 and Category 2 quantities of radioactive material listed in Appendix P to part 110 of this chapter (fee categories 15.F. through 15.R.).5
Category 1 Exports:
F. Application for export of Category 1 materials involving an exceptional circumstances review under 10 CFR 110.42(e)(4).
Application—new license, or amendment; or license exemption request$16,900
G. Application for export of Category 1 materials requiring Executive Branch review, Commission review, and/or government-to-government consent.
Application—new license, or amendment; or license exemption request$9,900
H. Application for export of Category 1 materials requiring Executive Branch review and government-to-government consent.
Application—new license, or amendment; or license exemption request$6,200
I. Application for export of Category 1 material requiring government-to-government consent.
Application—new license, or amendment; or license exemption request$5,200
Category 2 Exports:
J. Application for export of Category 2 materials involving an exceptional circumstances review under 10 CFR 110.42(e)(4).
Application—new license, or amendment; or license exemption request$16,900
K. Applications for export of Category 2 materials requiring Executive Branch review and/or Commission review.
Application—new license, or amendment; or license exemption request$9,900
L. Application for the export of Category 2 materials.
Application—new license, or amendment; or license exemption request$4,700
Category 1 Imports:
M. Application for the import of Category 1 material requiring Commission review.
Application—new license, or amendment; or license exemption request$4,900
N. Application for the import of Category 1 material.
Application—new license, or amendment; or license exemption request$4,200
Category 2 Imports:
O. Application for the import of Category 2 material.
Application—new license, or amendment; or license exemption request$3,600
Category 1 Imports with Agent and Multiple Licensees:
P. Application for the import of Category 1 material with agent and multiple licensees requiring Commission review.
Application—new license, or amendment; or license exemption request$5,700
Q. Application for the import of Category 1 material with agent and multiple licensees.
Application—new license, or amendment; or license exemption request$4,700
Minor Amendments (Category 1 and 2 Export and Imports):
R. Minor amendment of any active export or import license, for example, to extend the expiration date, change domestic information, or make other revisions which do not involve any substantive changes to license terms and conditions or to the type/quantity/chemical composition of the material authorized for export and, therefore, do not require in-depth analysis, review, or consultations with other Executive Branch, U.S. host state, or foreign authorities.
Minor amendment$780
16. Reciprocity:
Agreement State licensees who conduct activities under the reciprocity provisions of 10 CFR 150.20.
Application$1,900
17. Master materials licenses of broad scope issued to Government agencies:
Application$73,800
18. Department of Energy:
A. Certificates of Compliance. Evaluation of casks, packages, and shipping containers (including spent fuel, high-level waste, and other casks, and plutonium air packages)Full Cost.
B. Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act (UMTRCA) activitiesFull Cost.
1Types of fees—Separate charges, as shown in the schedule, will be assessed for pre-application consultations and reviews; applications for new licenses, approvals, or license terminations; possession-only licenses; issuances of new licenses and approvals; certain amendments and renewals to existing licenses and approvals; safety evaluations of sealed sources and devices; generally licensed device registrations; and certain inspections. The following guidelines apply to these charges:
(a) Application and registration fees. Applications for new materials licenses and export and import licenses; applications to reinstate expired, terminated, or inactive licenses, except those subject to fees assessed at full costs; applications filed by Agreement State licensees to register under the general license provisions of 10 CFR 150.20; and applications for amendments to materials licenses that would place the license in a higher fee category or add a new fee category must be accompanied by the prescribed application fee for each category.
(1) Applications for licenses covering more than one fee category of special nuclear material or source material must be accompanied by the prescribed application fee for the highest fee category.
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(b) Licensing fees. Fees for reviews of applications for new licenses, renewals, and amendments to existing licenses, pre-application consultations and other documents submitted to the NRC for review, and project manager time for fee categories subject to full cost fees are due upon notification by the Commission in accordance with §170.12(b).
(c) Amendment fees. Applications for amendments to export and import licenses must be accompanied by the prescribed amendment fee for each license affected. An application for an amendment to an export or import license or approval classified in more than one fee category must be accompanied by the prescribed amendment fee for the category affected by the amendment, unless the amendment is applicable to two or more fee categories, in which case the amendment fee for the highest fee category would apply.
(d) Inspection fees. Inspections resulting from investigations conducted by the Office of Investigations and non-routine inspections that result from third-party allegations are not subject to fees. Inspection fees are due upon notification by the Commission in accordance with § 170.12(c).
(e) Generally licensed device registrations under 10 CFR 31.5. Submittals of registration information must be accompanied by the prescribed fee.
2 Fees will not be charged for orders related to civil penalties or other civil sanctions issued by the Commission under 10 CFR 2.202 or for amendments resulting specifically from the requirements of these orders. For orders unrelated to civil penalties or other civil sanctions, fees will be charged for any resulting licensee-specific activities not otherwise exempted from fees under this chapter. Fees will be charged for approvals issued under a specific exemption provision of the Commission's regulations under Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (e.g., 10 CFR 30.11, 40.14, 70.14, 73.5, and any other sections in effect now or in the future), regardless of whether the approval is in the form of a license amendment, letter of approval, safety evaluation report, or other form. In addition to the fee shown, an applicant may be assessed an additional fee for sealed source and device evaluations as shown in Categories 9.A. through 9.D.
3 Full cost fees will be determined based on the professional staff time multiplied by the appropriate professional hourly rate established in § 170.20 in effect when the service is provided, and the appropriate contractual support services expended. For applications currently on file for which review costs have reached an applicable fee ceiling established by the June 20, 1984 and July 2, 1990 rules, but are still pending completion of the review, the cost incurred after any applicable ceiling was reached through January 29, 1989 will not be billed to the applicant. Any professional staff-hours expended above those ceilings on or after January 30, 1989 will be assessed at the applicable rates established by § 170.20, as appropriate, except for topical reports for which costs exceed $50,000. Costs which exceed $50,000 for each topical report, amendment, revision, or supplement to a topical report completed or under review from January 30, 1989 through August 8, 1991 will not be billed to the applicant. Any professional hours expended on or after August 9, 1991 will be assessed at the applicable rate established in § 170.20.
4 Licensees paying fees under Categories 1.A., 1.B., and 1.E. are not subject to fees under Categories 1.C. and 1.D. for sealed sources authorized in the same license, except for an application that deals only with the sealed sources authorized by the license.
5 For a combined import and export license application for material listed in Appendix P to part 110 of this chapter, only the higher of the two applicable fee amounts must be paid.
6 Persons who possess radium sources that are used for operational purposes in another fee category are not also subject to the fees in this category. (This exception does not apply if the radium sources are possessed for storage only.)
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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

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6. The authority citation for part 171 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: Section 7601, Pub. L. 99-272, 100 Stat. 146, as amended by sec. 5601, Pub. L. 100-203, 101 Stat. 1330, as amended by sec. 3201, Pub. L. 101-239, 103 Stat. 2132, as amended by sec. 6101, Pub. L. 101-508, 104 Stat. 1388, as amended by sec. 2903a, Pub. L. 102-486, 106 Stat. 3125 (42 U.S.C. 2213, 2214), and as amended by Title IV, Pub. L. 109-103, 119 Stat. 2283 (42 U.S.C. 2214); sec. 301, Pub. L. 92-314, 86 Stat. 227 (42 U.S.C. 2201w); sec. 201, Pub. L. 93-438, 88 Stat. 1242, as amended (42 U.S.C. 5841); sec. 1704, 112 Stat. 2750 (44 U.S.C. 3504 note), sec. 651(e), Pub. L. 109-58, 119 Stat. 806-810 (42 U.S.C. 2014, 2021, 2021b, 2111).

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7. In § 171.15, paragraph (b)(1), the introductory text of paragraph (b)(2), paragraph (c)(1), the introductory text of paragraph (c)(2) and the introductory text of paragraph (d)(1), and paragraphs (d)(2), (d)(3), and paragraph (e), are revised to read as follows:

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Annual fees: Reactor licenses and independent spent fuel storage licenses.
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(b)(1) The FY 2010 annual fee for each operating power reactor which must be collected by September 30, 2010 is $4,784,000.

(2) The FY 2010 annual fee is comprised of a base annual fee for power reactors licensed to operate, a base spent fuel storage/reactor decommissioning annual fee, and associated additional charges (fee-relief adjustment). The activities comprising the spent storage/reactor decommissioning base annual fee are shown in paragraphs (c)(2)(i) and (ii) of this section. The activities comprising the FY 2010 fee-relief adjustment are shown in paragraph (d)(1) of this section. The activities comprising the FY 2010 base annual fee for operating power reactors are as follows:

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(c)(1) The FY 2010 annual fee for each power reactor holding a 10 CFR part 50 license that is in a decommissioning or possession-only status and has spent fuel onsite, and for each independent spent fuel storage 10 CFR part 72 licensee who does not hold a 10 CFR part 50 license, is $148,000.

(2) The FY 2010 annual fee is comprised of a base spent fuel storage/reactor decommissioning annual fee (which is also included in the operating power reactor annual fee shown in paragraph (b) of this section) and an additional charge (fee-relief adjustment). The activities comprising the FY 2010 fee-relief adjustment are shown in paragraph (d)(1) of this section. The activities comprising the FY 2010 spent fuel storage/reactor decommissioning rebaselined annual fee are:

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(d)(1) The fee-relief adjustment allocated to annual fees includes a surcharge for the activities listed in paragraph (d)(1)(i) of this section, plus the amount remaining after total budgeted resources for the activities included in paragraphs (d)(1)(ii) and (d)(1)(iii) of this section are reduced by the appropriations the NRC receives for these types of activities. If the NRC's appropriations for these types of activities are greater than the budgeted resources for the activities included in paragraphs (d)(1)(ii) and (d)(1)(iii) of this section for a given FY, annual fees will be reduced. The activities comprising the FY 2010 fee-relief adjustment are as follows:

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(2) The total FY 2010 fee-relief adjustment allocated to the operating power reactor class of licenses is $7.5 million, not including the amount allocated to the spent fuel storage/reactor decommissioning class. The FY 2010 operating power reactor fee-relief adjustment to be assessed to each operating power reactor is approximately $72,200. This amount is calculated by dividing the total operating power reactor fee-relief adjustment ($7.5 million) by the number of operating power reactors (104).

(3) The FY 2010 fee-relief adjustment allocated to the spent fuel storage/reactor decommissioning class of licenses is $194,250. The FY 2010 spent fuel storage/reactor decommissioning fee-relief adjustment to be assessed to each operating power reactor, each power reactor in decommissioning or possession-only status that has spent fuel onsite, and to each independent Start Printed Page 34241spent fuel storage 10 CFR part 72 licensee who does not hold a 10 CFR part 50 license, is approximately $1,579. This amount is calculated by dividing the total fee-relief adjustment costs allocated to this class by the total number of power reactor licenses, except those that permanently ceased operations and have no fuel onsite, and 10 CFR part 72 licensees who do not hold a 10 CFR part 50 license.

(e) The FY 2010 annual fees for licensees authorized to operate a test and research (non-power) reactor licensed under part 50 of this chapter, unless the reactor is exempted from fees under §171.11(a), are as follows:

Research reactor—$81,700

Test reactor—$81,700

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8. In §171.16, the introductory text of paragraph (b), paragraphs (c) and (d), and the introductory text of paragraph (e) are revised to read as follows:

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Annual fees: Materials licensees, holders of certificates of compliance, holders of sealed source and device registrations, holders of quality assurance program approvals, and government agencies licensed by the NRC.
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(b) The annual fee is comprised of a base annual fee and an allocation for fee-relief adjustment. The activities comprising the fee-relief adjustment are shown in paragraph (e) of this section. The base annual fee is the sum of budgeted costs for the following activities:

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(c) A licensee who is required to pay an annual fee under this section may qualify as a small entity. If a licensee qualifies as a small entity and provides the Commission with the proper certification along with its annual fee payment, the licensee may pay reduced annual fees as shown in the following table. Failure to file a small entity certification in a timely manner could result in the receipt of a delinquent invoice requesting the outstanding balance due and/or denial of any refund that might otherwise be due. The small entity fees are as follows:

Maximum annual fee per licensed category
Small Businesses Not Engaged in Manufacturing (Average gross receipts over last 3 completed fiscal years):
$450,000 to $6.5 million$1,900
Less than $450,000$400
Small Not-For-Profit Organizations (Annual Gross Receipts):
$450,000 to $6.5 million$1,900
Less than $450,000$400
Manufacturing entities that have an average of 500 employees or fewer:
35 to 500 employees$1,900
Fewer than 35 employees$400
Small Governmental Jurisdictions (Including publicly supported educational institutions) (Population):
20,000 to 50,000$1,900
Fewer than 20,000$400
Educational Institutions that are not State or Publicly Supported, and have 500 Employees or Fewer 35 to 500 employees$1,900
Fewer than 35 employees$400

(d) The FY 2010 annual fees are comprised of a base annual fee and an allocation for fee-relief adjustment. The activities comprising the FY 2010 fee-relief adjustment are shown for convenience in paragraph (e) of this section. The FY 2010 annual fees for materials licensees and holders of certificates, registrations, or approvals subject to fees under this section are shown in the following table:

Schedule of Materials Annual Fees and Fees for Government Agencies Licensed By NRC

[See footnotes at end of table]

Category of materials licensesAnnual fees 1 2 3
1. Special nuclear material:
A. (1) Licenses for possession and use of U-235 or plutonium for fuel fabrication activities.
(a) Strategic Special Nuclear Material (High Enriched Uranium) [Program Code(s): 21130]$5,439,000
(b) Low Enriched Uranium in Dispersible Form Used for Fabrication of Power Reactor Fuel [Program Code(s): 21210]$2,047,000
(2) All other special nuclear materials licenses not included in Category 1.A.(1) which are licensed for fuel cycle activities.
(a) Facilities with limited operations [Program Code(s): 21310, 21320]$702,000
(b) Gas centrifuge enrichment demonstration facilities$1,053,000
(c) Others, including hot cell facilities$526,000
B. Licenses for receipt and storage of spent fuel and reactor-related Greater than Class C (GTCC) waste at an independent spent fuel storage installation (ISFSI) [Program Code(s): 23200]11 N/A
C. Licenses for possession and use of special nuclear material in sealed sources contained in devices used in industrial measuring systems, including x-ray fluorescence analyzers [Program Code(s): 22140]$3,300
D. All other special nuclear material licenses, except licenses authorizing special nuclear material in unsealed form in combination that would constitute a critical quantity, as defined in § 150.11 of this chapter, for which the licensee shall pay the same fees as those for Category 1.A.(2) [Program Code(s): 22110, 22111, 22120, 22131, 22136, 22150, 22151, 22161, 22163, 22170, 23100, 23300, 23310]$9,300
E. Licenses or certificates for the operation of a uranium enrichment facility [Program Code(s): 21200]$2,807,000
2. Source material:
A. (1) Licenses for possession and use of source material for refining uranium mill concentrates to uranium hexafluoride [Program Code(s): 11400]$1,111,000
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(2) Licenses for possession and use of source material in recovery operations such as milling, in-situ recovery, heap-leaching, ore buying stations, ion-exchange facilities and in-processing of ores containing source material for extraction of metals other than uranium or thorium, including licenses authorizing the possession of byproduct waste material (tailings) from source material recovery operations, as well as licenses authorizing the possession and maintenance of a facility in a standby mode.
(a) Conventional and Heap Leach facilities [Program Code(s): 11100]$38,300
(b) Basic In Situ Recovery facilities [Program Code(s): 11500]$36,300
(c) Expanded In Situ Recovery facilities [Program Code(s): 11510]$41,100
(d) In Situ Recovery Resin facilities [Program Code(s): 11550]$34,400
(e) Resin Toll Milling facilities [Program Code(s): 11555]5 N/A
(f) Other facilities 4 [Program Code(s): 11700]5 N/A
(3) Licenses that authorize the receipt of byproduct material, as defined in Section 11e.(2) of the Atomic Energy Act, from other persons for possession and disposal, except those licenses subject to the fees in Category 2.A.(2) or Category 2.A.(4) [Program Code(s): 11600, 12000]5 N/A
(4) Licenses that authorize the receipt of byproduct material, as defined in Section 11e.(2) of the Atomic Energy Act, from other persons for possession and disposal incidental to the disposal of the uranium waste tailings generated by the licensee's milling operations, except those licenses subject to the fees in Category 2.A.(2) [Program Code(s): 12010]$12,400
(5) Licenses that authorize the possession of source material related to removal of contaminants (source material) from drinking water [Program Code(s): 11820]$8,600
B. Licenses that authorize only the possession, use, and/or installation of source material for shielding [Program Code(s): 11210]$1,600
C. All other source material licenses [Program Code(s): 11200, 11220, 11221, 11230, 11300, 11800, 11810]$21,100
3. Byproduct material:
A. Licenses of broad scope for possession and use of byproduct material issued under parts 30 and 33 of this chapter for processing or manufacturing of items containing byproduct material for commercial distribution [Program Code(s): 03211, 03212, 03213]$49,100
B. Other licenses for possession and use of byproduct material issued under part 30 of this chapter for processing or manufacturing of items containing byproduct material for commercial distribution [Program Code(s): 03214, 03215, 22135, 22162]$12,700
C. Licenses issued under §§ 32.72 and/or 32.74 of this chapter authorizing the processing or manufacturing and distribution or redistribution of radiopharmaceuticals, generators, reagent kits, and/or sources and devices containing byproduct material. This category also includes the possession and use of source material for shielding authorized under part 40 of this chapter when included on the same license. This category does not apply to licenses issued to nonprofit educational institutions whose processing or manufacturing is exempt under § 171.11(a)(1). These licenses are covered by fee under Category 3.D. [Program Code(s): 02500, 02511, 02513]$16,600
D. Licenses and approvals issued under §§ 32.72 and/or 32.74 of this chapter authorizing distribution or redistribution of radiopharmaceuticals, generators, reagent kits and/or sources or devices not involving processing of byproduct material. This category includes licenses issued under §§ 32.72 and 32.74 of this chapter to nonprofit educational institutions whose processing or manufacturing is exempt under § 171.11(a)(1). This category also includes the possession and use of source material for shielding authorized under part 40 of this chapter when included on the same license [Program Code(s): 02512, 02514]$10,600
E. Licenses for possession and use of byproduct material in sealed sources for irradiation of materials in which the source is not removed from its shield (self-shielded units) [Program Code(s): 03510, 03520]$8,200
F. Licenses for possession and use of less than 10,000 curies of byproduct material in sealed sources for irradiation of materials in which the source is exposed for irradiation purposes. This category also includes underwater irradiators for irradiation of materials in which the source is not exposed for irradiation purposes [Program Code(s): 03511]$15,500
G. Licenses for possession and use of 10,000 curies or more of byproduct material in sealed sources for irradiation of materials in which the source is exposed for irradiation purposes. This category also includes underwater irradiators for irradiation of materials in which the source is not exposed for irradiation purposes [Program Code(s): 03521]$76,800
H. Licenses issued under Subpart A of part 32 of this chapter to distribute items containing byproduct material that require device review to persons exempt from the licensing requirements of part 30 of this chapter, except specific licenses authorizing redistribution of items that have been authorized for distribution to persons exempt from the licensing requirements of part 30 of this chapter [Program Code(s): 03254, 03255]$9,900
I. Licenses issued under Subpart A of part 32 of this chapter to distribute items containing byproduct material or quantities of byproduct material that do not require device evaluation to persons exempt from the licensing requirements of part 30 of this chapter, except for specific licenses authorizing redistribution of items that have been authorized for distribution to persons exempt from the licensing requirements of part 30 of this chapter [Program Code(s): 03250, 03251, 03252, 03253, 03256]$18,000
J. Licenses issued under Subpart B of part 32 of this chapter to distribute items containing byproduct material that require sealed source and/or device review to persons generally licensed under part 31 of this chapter, except specific licenses authorizing redistribution of items that have been authorized for distribution to persons generally licensed under part 31 of this chapter [Program Code(s): 03240, 03241, 03243]$4,200
K. Licenses issued under Subpart B of part 32 of this chapter to distribute items containing byproduct material or quantities of byproduct material that do not require sealed source and/or device review to persons generally licensed under part 31 of this chapter, except specific licenses authorizing redistribution of items that have been authorized for distribution to persons generally licensed under part 31 of this chapter [Program Code(s): 03242, 03244]$3,000
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L. Licenses of broad scope for possession and use of byproduct material issued under parts 30 and 33 of this chapter for research and development that do not authorize commercial distribution [Program Code(s): 01100, 01110, 01120, 03610, 03611, 03612, 03613]$24,200
M. Other licenses for possession and use of byproduct material issued under part 30 of this chapter for research and development that do not authorize commercial distribution [Program Code(s): 03620]$9,100
N. Licenses that authorize services for other licensees, except: (1) Licenses that authorize only calibration and/or leak testing services are subject to the fees specified in fee Category 3.P.; and (2) Licenses that authorize waste disposal services are subject to the fees specified in fee categories 4.A., 4.B., and 4.C. [Program Code(s): 03219, 03225, 03226]$13,800
O. Licenses for possession and use of byproduct material issued under part 34 of this chapter for industrial radiography operations. This category also includes the possession and use of source material for shielding authorized under part 40 of this chapter when authorized on the same license [Program Code(s): 03310, 03320]$28,200
P. All other specific byproduct material licenses, except those in Categories 4.A. through 9.D. [Program Code(s): 02400, 02410, 03120, 03121, 03122, 03123, 03124, 03220, 03221, 03222, 03800, 03810, 22130]$4,500
Q. Registration of devices generally licensed under part 31 of this chapter13 N/A
R. Possession of items or products containing radium-226 identified in 10 CFR 31.12 which exceed the number of items or limits specified in that section: 14
1. Possession of quantities exceeding the number of items or limits in 10 CFR 31.12(a)(4), or (5) but less than or equal to 10 times the number of items or limits specified [Program Code(s): 02700]$4,100
2. Possession of quantities exceeding 10 times the number of items or limits specified in 10 CFR 31.12(a)(4), or (5) [Program Code(s): 02710]$4,500
S. Licenses for production of accelerator-produced radionuclides [Program Code(s): 03210]$15,000
4. Waste disposal and processing:
A. Licenses specifically authorizing the receipt of waste byproduct material, source material, or special nuclear material from other persons for the purpose of contingency storage or commercial land disposal by the licensee; or licenses authorizing contingency storage of low-level radioactive waste at the site of nuclear power reactors; or licenses for receipt of waste from other persons for incineration or other treatment, packaging of resulting waste and residues, and transfer of packages to another person authorized to receive or dispose of waste material [Program Code(s): 03231, 03233, 03235, 03236, 06100, 06101]5 N/A
B. Licenses specifically authorizing the receipt of waste byproduct material, source material, or special nuclear material from other persons for the purpose of packaging or repackaging the material. The licensee will dispose of the material by transfer to another person authorized to receive or dispose of the material [Program Code(s): 03234]$23,100
C. Licenses specifically authorizing the receipt of prepackaged waste byproduct material, source material, or special nuclear material from other persons. The licensee will dispose of the material by transfer to another person authorized to receive or dispose of the material [Program Code(s): 03232]$14,500
5. Well logging:
A. Licenses for possession and use of byproduct material, source material, and/or special nuclear material for well logging, well surveys, and tracer studies other than field flooding tracer studies [Program Code(s): 03110, 03111, 03112]$11,900
B. Licenses for possession and use of byproduct material for field flooding tracer studies [Program Code(s): 03113]5 N/A
6. Nuclear laundries:
A. Licenses for commercial collection and laundry of items contaminated with byproduct material, source material, or special nuclear material [Program Code(s): 03218]$42,900
7. Medical licenses:
A. Licenses issued under parts 30, 35, 40, and 70 of this chapter for human use of byproduct material, source material, or special nuclear material in sealed sources contained in gamma stereotactic radiosurgery units, teletherapy devices, or similar beam therapy devices. This category also includes the possession and use of source material for shielding when authorized on the same license [Program Code(s): 02300, 02310]$21,300
B. Licenses of broad scope issued to medical institutions or two or more physicians under parts 30, 33, 35, 40, and 70 of this chapter authorizing research and development, including human use of byproduct material, except licenses for byproduct material, source material, or special nuclear material in sealed sources contained in teletherapy devices. This category also includes the possession and use of source material for shielding when authorized on the same license.9 [Program Code(s): 02110]$45,100
C. Other licenses issued under parts 30, 35, 40, and 70 of this chapter for human use of byproduct material, source material, and/or special nuclear material, except licenses for byproduct material, source material, or special nuclear material in sealed sources contained in teletherapy devices. This category also includes the possession and use of source material for shielding when authorized on the same license.9 [Program Code(s): 02120, 02121, 02200, 02201, 02210, 02220, 02230, 02231, 02240, 22160]$7,600
8. Civil defense:
A. Licenses for possession and use of byproduct material, source material, or special nuclear material for civil defense activities [Program Code(s): 03710]$4,100
9. Device, product, or sealed source safety evaluation:
A. Registrations issued for the safety evaluation of devices or products containing byproduct material, source material, or special nuclear material, except reactor fuel devices, for commercial distribution$12,600
B. Registrations issued for the safety evaluation of devices or products containing byproduct material, source material, or special nuclear material manufactured in accordance with the unique specifications of, and for use by, a single applicant, except reactor fuel devices$12,600
C. Registrations issued for the safety evaluation of sealed sources containing byproduct material, source material, or special nuclear material, except reactor fuel, for commercial distribution$8,800
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D. Registrations issued for the safety evaluation of sealed sources containing byproduct material, source material, or special nuclear material, manufactured in accordance with the unique specifications of, and for use by, a single applicant, except reactor fuel$1,500
10. Transportation of radioactive material:
A. Certificates of Compliance or other package approvals issued for design of casks, packages, and shipping containers.
1. Spent Fuel, High-Level Waste, and plutonium air packages6 N/A
2. Other Casks6 N/A
B. Quality assurance program approvals issued under part 71 of this chapter.
1. Users and Fabricators6 N/A
2. Users6 N/A
C. Evaluation of security plans, route approvals, route surveys, and transportation security devices (including immobilization devices)6 N/A
11. Standardized spent fuel facilities6 N/A
12. Special Projects6 N/A
13. A. Spent fuel storage cask Certificate of Compliance6 N/A
B. General licenses for storage of spent fuel under 10 CFR 72.21012 N/A
14. Decommissioning/Reclamation:
A. Byproduct, source, or special nuclear material licenses and other approvals authorizing decommissioning, decontamination, reclamation, or site restoration activities under parts 30, 40, 70, 72, and 76 of this chapter7 N/A
B. Site-specific decommissioning activities associated with unlicensed sites, whether or not the sites have been previously licensed7 N/A
15. Import and Export licenses8 N/A
16. Reciprocity8 N/A
17. Master materials licenses of broad scope issued to Government agencies$234,000
18. Department of Energy:
A. Certificates of Compliance10 $861,000
B. Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act (UMTRCA) activities$590,000
1 Annual fees will be assessed based on whether a licensee held a valid license with the NRC authorizing possession and use of radioactive material during the current FY. The annual fee is waived for those materials licenses and holders of certificates, registrations, and approvals who either filed for termination of their licenses or approvals or filed for possession only/storage licenses before October 1, 2009, and permanently ceased licensed activities entirely before this date. Annual fees for licensees who filed for termination of a license, downgrade of a license, or for a possession-only license during the FY and for new licenses issued during the FY will be prorated in accordance with the provisions of § 171.17. If a person holds more than one license, certificate, registration, or approval, the annual fee(s) will be assessed for each license, certificate, registration, or approval held by that person. For licenses that authorize more than one activity on a single license (e.g., human use and irradiator activities), annual fees will be assessed for each category applicable to the license. Licensees paying annual fees under Category 1.A.(1) are not subject to the annual fees for Categories 1.C. and 1.D. for sealed sources authorized in the license.
2 Payment of the prescribed annual fee does not automatically renew the license, certificate, registration, or approval for which the fee is paid. Renewal applications must be filed in accordance with the requirements of parts 30, 40, 70, 71, 72, or 76 of this chapter.
3 Each FY, fees for these materials licenses will be calculated and assessed in accordance with § 171.13 and will be published in the Federal Register for notice and comment.
4 Other facilities include licenses for extraction of metals, heavy metals, and rare earths.
5 There are no existing NRC licenses in these fee categories. If NRC issues a license for these categories, the Commission will consider establishing an annual fee for this type of license.
6 Standardized spent fuel facilities, 10 CFR parts 71 and 72 Certificates of Compliance and related Quality Assurance program approvals, and special reviews, such as topical reports, are not assessed an annual fee because the generic costs of regulating these activities are primarily attributable to users of the designs, certificates, and topical reports.
7 Licensees in this category are not assessed an annual fee because they are charged an annual fee in other categories while they are licensed to operate.
8 No annual fee is charged because it is not practical to administer due to the relatively short life or temporary nature of the license.
9 Separate annual fees will not be assessed for pacemaker licenses issued to medical institutions that also hold nuclear medicine licenses under Categories 7.B. or 7.C.
10 This includes Certificates of Compliance issued to the Department of Energy that are not funded from the Nuclear Waste Fund.
11See § 171.15(c).
12See § 171.15(c).
13 No annual fee is charged for this category because the cost of the general license registration program applicable to licenses in this category will be recovered through 10 CFR part 170 fees.
14 Persons who possess radium sources that are used for operational purposes in another fee category are not also subject to the fees in this category. (This exception does not apply if the radium sources are possessed for storage only.)

(e) The fee-relief adjustment allocated to annual fees includes the budgeted resources for the activities listed in paragraph (e)(1) of this section, plus the total budgeted resources for the activities included in paragraphs (e)(2) and (e)(3) of this section, as reduced by the appropriations NRC receives for these types of activities. If the NRC's appropriations for these types of activities are greater than the budgeted resources for the activities included in paragraphs (e)(2) and (e)(3) of this section for a given FY, a negative fee-relief adjustment (or annual fee reduction) will be allocated to annual fees. The activities comprising the FY 2010 fee-relief adjustment are as follows:

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Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 28th day of May 2010.

For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

J.E. Dyer,

Chief Financial Officer.

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Note:

This appendix will not appear in the code of Federal Regulations.

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Appendix A to This Final Rule—Regulatory Flexibility Analysis for the Final Amendments to 10 CFR Part 170 (License Fees) and 10 CFR Part 171 (Annual Fees)

I. Background

The Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA), as amended at 5 U.S.C. 601 et seq., requires that agencies consider the impact of their rulemakings on small entities and, consistent with applicable statutes, consider alternatives to minimize these impacts on the businesses, organizations, and government jurisdictions to which they apply.

The NRC has established standards for determining which NRC licensees qualify as small entities (10 CFR 2.810). These standards were based on the Small Business Administration's most common receipts-based size standards and provides for business concerns that are manufacturing entities. The NRC uses the size standards to reduce the impact of annual fees on small entities by establishing a licensee's eligibility to qualify for a maximum small entity fee. The small entity fee categories in § 171.16(c) of this rule are based on the NRC's size standards.

The NRC is required each year, under OBRA-90, as amended, to recover approximately 90 percent of its budget authority (less amounts appropriated from the NWF and for other activities specifically removed from the fee base), through fees to NRC licensees and applicants. In total, the NRC is required to bill approximately $911.1 million in fees for FY 2010.

OBRA-90 requires that the schedule of charges established by rulemaking should fairly and equitably allocate the total amount to be recovered from the NRC's licensees and be assessed under the principle that licensees who require the greatest expenditure of agency resources pay the greatest annual charges. Since FY 1991, the NRC has complied with OBRA-90 by issuing a final rule that amends its fee regulations. These final rules have established the methodology used by the NRC in identifying and determining the fees to be assessed and collected in any given FY.

The Commission is proposing to rebaseline its 10 CFR part 171 annual fees in FY 2010. Rebaselining fees results in higher annual fees for five classes of licensees (power reactors, spent fuel storage/reactor decommissioning, transportation, uranium recovery and materials users), and lower for one class of licensees (non-power reactors). Within the fuel facilities fee class, annual fees for most licensees increase, while the annual fee for one fee category decreases.

The Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) provides Congress with the opportunity to review agency rules before they go into effect. Under this legislation, the NRC annual fee rule is considered a “major” rule and must be reviewed by Congress and the Comptroller General before the rule becomes effective.

The SBREFA also requires that an agency prepare a guide to assist small entities in complying with each rule for which a final RFA is prepared. As required by law, this analysis and the small entity compliance guide (Attachment 1) have been prepared for the FY 2010 fee rule, as required by law.

II. Impact on Small Entities

The fee rule results in substantial fees charged to those individuals, organizations, and companies licensed by the NRC, including those licensed under the NRC materials program. Comments received on previous proposed fee rules and the small entity certifications in response to previous final fee rules indicate that licensees qualifying as small entities under the NRC's size standards are primarily materials licensees. Therefore, this analysis will focus on the economic impact of fees on materials licensees. In FY 2009, about 26 percent of these licensees (approximately 1,000 licensees) qualified as small entities.

Commenters on previous fee rulemakings consistently indicated that the following would occur if the proposed annual fees were not modified:

1. Large firms would gain an unfair competitive advantage over small entities. Commenters noted that small and very small companies (“Mom and Pop” operations) would find it more difficult to absorb the annual fee than a large corporation or a high-volume type of operation. In competitive markets, such as soil testing, annual fees would put small licensees at an extreme competitive disadvantage with their much larger competitors because the proposed fees would be identical for both small and large firms.

2. Some firms would be forced to cancel their licenses. A licensee with receipts of less than $500,000 per year stated that the proposed rule would, in effect, force it to relinquish its soil density gauge and license, thereby reducing its ability to do its work effectively. Other licensees, especially well-loggers, noted that the increased fees would force small businesses to abandon the materials license altogether. Commenters estimated that the proposed rule would cause roughly 10 percent of the well-logging licensees to terminate their licenses immediately and approximately 25 percent to terminate before the next annual assessment.

3. Some companies would go out of business.

4. Some companies would have budget problems. Many medical licensees noted that, along with reduced reimbursements, the proposed increase of the existing fees and the introduction of additional fees would significantly affect their budgets. Others noted that, in view of the cuts by Medicare and other third party carriers, the fees would produce a hardship difficult for some facilities to meet.

Over 3,000 licenses, approvals, and registration terminations have been requested since the NRC first established annual fees for materials licenses. Although some terminations were requested because the license was no longer needed or could be combined with registrations, indications are that the economic impact of the fees caused other terminations.

To alleviate the significant impact of the annual fees on a substantial number of small entities, the NRC considered the following alternatives in accordance with the RFA in developing each of its fee rules since FY 1991.

1. Base fees on some measure of the amount of radioactivity possessed by the licensee (e.g., number of sources).

2. Base fees on frequency of use of licensed radioactive material (e.g., volume of patients).

3. Base fees on the NRC size standards for small entities.

The NRC has reexamined its previous evaluations of these alternatives and continues to believe that a maximum fee for small entities is the most appropriate and effective option for reducing the impact of fees on small entities.

III. Maximum Fee

The SBREFA and its implementing guidance do not provide specific guidelines on what constitutes a significant economic impact on a small entity; therefore, the NRC has no benchmark to assist it in determining the amount or percent of gross receipts that should be charged to a small entity. In developing the maximum small entity annual fee in FY 1991, the NRC examined 10 CFR part 170 licensing and inspection fees and Agreement State fees for fee categories which were expected to have a substantial number of small entities. Six Agreement States (Washington, Texas, Illinois, Nebraska, New York, and Utah), were used as benchmarks in the establishment of the maximum small entity annual fee in FY 1991.

The NRC maximum small entity fee was established as an annual fee only. In addition to the annual fee, NRC small entity licensees were required to pay amendment, renewal and inspection fees. In setting the small entity annual fee, NRC ensured that the total amount small entities paid would not exceed the maximum paid in the six benchmark Agreement States.

Of the six benchmark states, the NRC used Washington's maximum Agreement State fee of $3,800 as the ceiling for total fees. Thus NRC's small entity fee was developed to ensure that the total fees paid by NRC small entities would not exceed $3,800. Given the NRC's FY 1991 fee structure for inspections, amendments, and renewals, a small entity annual fee established at $1,800 allowed the total fee (small entity annual fee plus yearly average for inspections, amendments, and renewal fees) for all categories to fall under the $3,800 ceiling.

In FY 1992, the NRC introduced a second, lower tier to the small entity fee in response to concerns that the $1,800 fee, when added to the license and inspection fees, still imposed a significant impact on small entities with relatively low gross annual receipts. For purposes of the annual fee, each small entity size standard was divided into an upper and lower tier. Small entity licensees in the upper tier continued to pay an annual fee of $1,800, while those in the lower tier paid an annual fee of $400.

Based on the changes that had occurred since FY 1991, the NRC re-analyzed its maximum small entity annual fees in FY 2000 and determined that the small entity fees should be increased by 25 percent to reflect the increase in the average fees paid by other materials licensees since FY 1991, Start Printed Page 34246as well as changes in the fee structure for materials licensees. The structure of fees NRC charged its materials licensees changed during the period between 1991 and 1999. Costs for materials license inspections, renewals, and amendments, which were previously recovered through part 170 fees for services, are now included in the part 171 annual fees assessed to materials licensees. Because of the 25 percent increase, in FY 2000 the maximum small entity annual fee increased from $1,800 to $2,300. However, despite the increase, total fees for many small entities were reduced because they no longer paid part 170 fees. Costs not recovered from small entities were allocated to other materials licensees and to power reactors.

While reducing the impact on many small entities, the NRC determined that the maximum annual fee of $2,300 for small entities could continue to have a significant impact on materials licensees with relatively low annual gross receipts. Therefore, the NRC continued to provide the lower-tier small entity annual fee for small entities with relatively low gross annual receipts, manufacturing concerns, and for educational institutions not State or publicly supported with fewer than 35 employees. The NRC also increased the lower tier small entity fee by 25 percent, the same percentage increase to the maximum small entity annual fee, resulting in the lower tier small entity fee increasing from $400 to $500 in FY 2000.

The NRC stated in the RFA for the FY 2001 final fee rule that it would re-examine the small entity fees every two years, in the same years in which it conducts the biennial review of fees as required by the Chief Financial Officers Act. Accordingly, the NRC examined the small entity fees again in FY 2003 and FY 2005, determining that a change was not warranted to those fees established in FY 2001.

As part of the small entity review in FY 2007, the NRC also considered whether it should establish reduced fees for small entities under part 170. The NRC received one comment requesting that small entity fees be considered for certain export licenses, particularly in light of the recent increases to part 170 fees for these licenses. Because the NRC's part 170 fees are not assessed to a licensee or applicant on a regular basis (i.e., they are only assessed when a licensee or applicant requests a specific service from the NRC), the NRC does not believe that the impact of its part 170 fees warrants a fee reduction for small entities, in addition to the part 171 small entity fee reduction. Regarding export licenses, the NRC notes that interested parties can submit a single application for a broad scope, multi-year license that permits exports to multiple countries. Because the NRC charges fees per application, this process minimizes the fees for export applicants. Because a single NRC fee can cover numerous exports, and because there are a limited number of entities who apply for these licenses, the NRC does not anticipate that the part 170 export fees will have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities. Therefore, the NRC retained the $2,300 small entity annual fee and the $500 lower tier small entity annual fee for FY 2007 and FY 2008.

The NRC conducted an in-depth biennial review of the FY 2009 small entity fees. The review noted significant changes between FY 2000 and FY 2008 in both the external and internal environment which impacted fees for NRC's small materials users licensees. Since FY 2000, small entity licensees in the upper tier had increased approximately 53 percent. In addition, due to changes in the law, NRC is now only required to recover 90 percent of its budget authority compared to 100 percent recovery required in FY 2000. This ten percent fee relief has influenced the small materials users' annual fees. A decrease in the NRC's budget allocation to the small materials users also influenced annual fees in FY 2007 and FY 2008.

Based on the review, the NRC changed the methodology for reviewing small entity fees. The NRC determined the maximum small entity fee should be adjusted each biennial year using a fixed percentage of 39 percent applied to the prior two-year weighted average of small materials users fees for all fee categories which have small entity licensees. The 39 percent was based on the small entity annual fee for FY 2005, which was the first year the NRC was required to recover only 90 percent of its budget authority. The FY 2005 small entity annual fee of $2,300 was 39 percent of the two-year weighted average for all fee categories in FY 2005 and FY 2006 that had an upper tier small entity licensee. The new methodology allows small entity licensees to be able to predict changes in their fee in the biennial year based on the small materials fees for the previous two years. Using a two-year weighted average smoothes the fluctuations caused by programmatic and budget variables and reflects the importance of the fee categories with the majority of small entities. The agency also determined the lower tier annual fee should remain at 22 percent of the maximum small entity annual fee.

Therefore, for FY 2009 the NRC decreased the maximum small entity fee from $2,300 to $1,900 and decreased the lower tier annual fee from $500 to $400. The NRC is not making any changes to these fees in FY 2010 and plans to re-examine the small entity fees again in FY 2011.

IV. Summary

The NRC has determined that the 10 CFR part 171 annual fees significantly impact a substantial number of small entities. A maximum fee for small entities strikes a balance between the requirement to recover 90 percent of the NRC budget and the requirement to consider means of reducing the impact of the fee on small entities. Based on its regulatory flexibility analysis, the NRC concludes that a maximum annual fee of $1,900 for small entities and a lower-tier small entity annual fee of $400 for small businesses and not-for-profit organizations with gross annual receipts of less than $450,000, small governmental jurisdictions with a population of fewer than 20,000, small manufacturing entities that have fewer than 35 employees, and educational institutions that are not State or publicly supported and have fewer than 35 employees, reduces the impact on small entities. At the same time, these reduced annual fees are consistent with the objectives of OBRA-90. Thus, the fees for small entities maintain a balance between the objectives of OBRA-90 and the RFA. Therefore, the analysis and conclusions previously established remain valid for FY 2010.

Attachment 1 to Appendix A—U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Small Entity Compliance Guide; Fiscal Year 2010

Contents

Introduction

NRC Definition of Small Entity

NRC Small Entity Fees

Instructions for Completing NRC Form 526

Introduction

The Congressional Review Act requires all Federal agencies to prepare a written guide for each “major” final rule, as defined by the Act. The NRC's fee rule, published annually to comply with the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990 (OBRA-90), as amended, is considered a “major” rule under the Congressional Review Act. Therefore, in compliance with the law, this guide has been prepared to assist NRC materials licensees in complying with the FY 2010 fee rule.

Licensees may use this guide to determine whether they qualify as a small entity under NRC regulations and are eligible to pay reduced FY 2010 annual fees assessed under 10 CFR part 171. The NRC has established two tiers of annual fees for those materials licensees who qualify as small entities under the NRC's size standards.

Licensees who meet the NRC's size standards for a small entity (listed in 10 CFR 2.810) must submit a completed NRC Form 526 “Certification of Small Entity Status for the Purposes of Annual Fees Imposed under 10 CFR Part 171” to qualify for the reduced annual fee. This form can be accessed on the NRC's Web site at http://www.nrc.gov. The form can then be accessed by selecting “Business with NRC,” then “NRC Forms,” selecting NRC Form 526. For licensees who cannot access the NRC's Web site, NRC Form 526 may be obtained through the local point of contact listed in the NRC's “Materials Annual Fee Billing Handbook,” NUREG/BR-0238, which is enclosed with each annual fee billing. Alternatively, the form may be obtained by calling the fee staff at 301-415-7554, or by e-mailing the fee staff at fees.resource@nrc.gov. The completed form, the appropriate small entity fee, and the payment copy of the invoice should be mailed to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Accounts Receivable/Payable Branch, at the address indicated on the invoice. Failure to file the NRC small entity certification Form 526 in a timely manner may result in the denial of any refund that might otherwise be due.

NRC Definition of Small Entity

For purposes of compliance with its regulations (10 CFR 2.810), the NRC has defined a small entity as follows:

(1) Small business—a for-profit concern that provides a service, or a concern that is not engaged in manufacturing, with average gross receipts of $6.5 million or less over its last 3 completed fiscal years;Start Printed Page 34247

(2) Manufacturing industry—a manufacturing concern with an average of 500 or fewer employees based on employment during each pay period for the preceding 12 calendar months;

(3) Small organizations—a not-for-profit organization that is independently owned and operated and has annual gross receipts of $6.5 million or less;

(4) Small governmental jurisdiction—a government of a city, county, town, township, village, school district, or special district, with a population of fewer than 50,000;

(5) Small educational institution—an educational institution supported by a qualifying small governmental jurisdiction, or one that is not State or publicly supported and has 500 or fewer employees.[1]

To further assist licensees in determining if they qualify as a small entity, the following guidelines are provided, which are based on the Small Business Administration's regulations (13 CFR part 121).

(1) A small business concern is an independently owned and operated entity which is not considered dominant in its field of operations.

(2) The number of employees means the total number of employees in the parent company, any subsidiaries and/or affiliates, including both foreign and domestic locations (i.e., not solely the number of employees working for the licensee or conducting NRC-licensed activities for the company).

(3) Gross annual receipts include all revenue received or accrued from any source, including receipts of the parent company, any subsidiaries and/or affiliates, and account for both foreign and domestic locations. Receipts include all revenues from sales of products and services, interest, rent, fees, and commissions from whatever sources derived (i.e., not solely receipts from NRC-licensed activities).

(4) A licensee who is a subsidiary of a large entity, including a foreign entity, does not qualify as a small entity.

NRC Small Entity Fees

In 10 CFR 171.16(c), the NRC has established two tiers of fees for licensees that qualify as a small entity under the NRC's size standards. The fees are as follows:

Maximum annual fee per licensed category
Small Businesses Not Engaged in Manufacturing (Average gross receipts over last 3 completed fiscal years):
$450,000 to $6.5 million$1,900
Less than $450,000$400
Small Not-For-Profit Organizations (Annual Gross Receipts):
$450,000 to $6.5 million$1,900
Less than $450,000$400
Manufacturing entities that have an average of 500 employees or fewer: 35 to 500 employees$1,900
Fewer than 35 employees$400
Small Governmental Jurisdictions (Including publicly supported educational institutions) (Population):
20,000 to 50,000$1,900
Fewer than 20,000$400
Educational Institutions that are not State or Publicly Supported, and have 500 Employees or Fewer
35 to 500 employees$1,900
Fewer than 35 employees$400

Instructions for Completing NRC Small Entity Form 526

1. Complete all items on NRC Form 526 as follows: (Note: Incomplete or improperly completed forms will be returned as unacceptable.)

(a) Enter the license number and invoice number exactly as they appear on the annual fee invoice.

(b) Enter the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).

(c) Enter the licensee's name and address exactly as they appear on the invoice. Annotate name and/or address changes for billing purposes on the payment copy of the invoice—include contact's name, telephone number, e-mail address, and company Web site address. Correcting the name and/or address on NRC Form 526 or on the invoice does not constitute a request to amend the license.

(d) Check the appropriate size standard under which the licensee qualifies as a small entity. Check one box only. Note the following:

(i) A licensee who is a subsidiary of a large entity, including foreign entities, does not qualify as a small entity. The calculation of a firm's size includes the employees or receipts of all affiliates. Affiliation with another concern is based on the power to control, whether exercised or not. Such factors as common ownership, common management, and identity of interest (often found in members of the same family), among others, are indications of affiliation. The affiliated business concerns need not be in the same line of business.

(ii) Gross annual receipts, as used in the size standards, include all revenue received or accrued by your company from all sources, regardless of the form of the revenue and not solely receipts from licensed activities.

(iii) NRC's size standards on a small entity are based on the Small Business Administration's regulations (13 CFR part 121).

(iv) The size standards apply to the licensee, not to the individual authorized users who may be listed in the license.

2. If the invoice states the “Amount Billed Represents 50% Proration,” the amount due is not the prorated amount shown on the invoice but rather one-half of the maximum small entity annual fee shown on NRC Form 526 for the size standard under which the licensee qualifies (either $950 or $200) for each category billed.

3. If the invoice amount is less than the reduced small entity annual fee shown on this form, pay the amount on the invoice; there is no further reduction. In this case, do not file NRC Form 526. However, if the invoice amount is greater than the reduced small entity annual fee, file NRC Form 526 and pay the amount applicable to the size standard you checked on the form.

4. The completed NRC Form 526 must be submitted with the required annual fee payment and the “Payment Copy” of the invoice to the address shown on the invoice.

5. 10 CFR 171.16(c)(3) states licensees shall submit a new certification with its annual fee payment each year. Failure to submit NRC Form 526 at the time the annual fee is paid will require the licensee to pay the full amount of the invoice.

The NRC sends invoices to its licensees for the full annual fee, even though some licensees qualify for reduced fees as small entities. Licensees who qualify as small entities and file NRC Form 526, which certifies eligibility for small entity fees, may pay the reduced fee, which is either $1,900 or $400 for a full year, depending on the size of the entity, for each fee category shown on the invoice. Licensees granted a license during the first 6 months of the fiscal year, and licensees who file for termination or for a“possession-only” license and permanently cease licensed activities during the first 6 months of the fiscal year, pay only 50 percent Start Printed Page 34248of the annual fee for that year. Such invoices state that the “amount billed represents 50% proration.”

Licensees must file a new small entity form (NRC Form 526) with the NRC each fiscal year to qualify for reduced fees in that year. Because a licensee's “size,” or the size standards, may change from year to year, the invoice reflects the full fee, and licensees must complete and return NRC Form 526 for the fee to be reduced to the small entity fee amount. LICENSEES WILL NOT RECEIVE A NEW INVOICE FOR THE REDUCED AMOUNT. The completed NRC Form 526, the payment of the appropriate small entity fee, and the “Payment Copy” of the invoice should be mailed to the U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Accounts Receivable/Payable Branch, at the address indicated on the invoice.

If you have questions regarding the NRC's annual fees, please contact the license fee staff at 301-415-7554, e-mail the fee staff at fees.resource@nrc.gov, or write to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, Attention: Office of the Chief Financial Officer.

False certification of small entity status could result in civil sanctions being imposed by the NRC under the Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act, 31 U.S.C. 3801 et seq. NRC's implementing regulations are found at 10 CFR part 13.

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1.  An educational institution referred to in the size standards is an entity whose primary function is education, whose programs are accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association, who is legally authorized to provide a program of organized instruction or study, who provides an educational program for which it awards academic degrees, and whose educational programs are available to the public.

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