Nuclear, Reactors

NRC warns delay without more funding

30 October 2007 — Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Dale Klein said the review process for new reactor applications will be delayed by up to two years if lawmakers do not authorize a proposed increase in funding for his agency.

According to the Associated Press Klein said he expects three more applications this year and up to 12 next year. He warned that the 42-month review process for submissions made in 2008 could be lengthened by up to two years if the agency does not receive a budget increase.

Remaining at 2007 funding levels would have a “very significant negative impact on our agency,” Klein said during a press briefing sponsored by the U.S. Energy Association.