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The United Arab Emirates this week ratified the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage, an international treaty that sets binding guidelines for compensation in the event of a nuclear accident.
The House of Representatives this week considers fiscal 2015 appropriations for the Department of Energy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, among other government programs related to nuclear energy. Nuclear Energy Overview asks Alex Flint, the Nuclear Energy Institute’s senior vice president for governmental affairs, for his thoughts on the prospects in this year’s Congress for programs of interest to NEI and its member companies.
Testifying before a House committee examining civil nuclear trade and cooperation, NEI said this week the domestic nuclear energy industry can play an important role in advancing U.S. policy goals and creating domestic jobs.
The nuclear industry supports many aspects of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s proposed ITAAC hearing procedures for new reactor licensing, but it also recommends modifications to those procedures to allow more expeditious completion of any hearings that are conducted, NEI told the NRC last week.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is increasing the fees it will charge in fiscal 2014 for most of the nuclear energy facilities it oversees. The total annual fees the agency will collect by Sept. 30 will be $930.7 million, a 7.7 percent overall increase from last year. The annual fee for each operating reactor will rise to $5.2 million, an increase of 19 percent compared to the 2013 annual fee.
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