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Federal Nuclear Energy License

If you want to work legally in this or that particular business sphere, you have to get an appropriate license. In case of producing nuclear energy, you must get a Federal Nuclear Energy License. Keep on reading if you want to learn more about the whole process of getting this legal document.

What is a Nuclear License

Getting this type of certificate gives you permission to operate nuclear power plants and some other facilities and installations. These permitted installations refer to research reactors, nuclear power stations, the storage of radioactive matter in bulk, and fuel manufacturing. So, the use and production of nuclear materials require having an appropriate legal document.

How do you get a Nuclear License?

The USA surely requires having this type of legal certificate. The process of getting this legal document differs depending on the state you live in. However, it is not so complicated. You just have to meet some requirements issued by the government.

So, getting this legal document will allow you to carry out some activities:

  1. First, you can operate and construct fuel cycle facilities and commercial reactors.
  2. Second, it is possible to export, import, use, and possess nuclear waste and materials.
  3. Finally, you can construct, close or operate waste disposal sites.

If you want to operate a nuclear power plant, you must get a legal document for it. You can get your legal document by referring to the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The U.S NRC regulates the use of nuclear power plants and other nuclear materials by giving certain individuals licenses.

The steps to get a Nuclear License

The process of getting this legal document varies depending on the state you live in. However, there are certain steps, which are common for all people, who want to get this type of document. So, if you want to get a legal right to work in this sphere, you simply must follow these steps:

  1. Complete an online application. You can find and fill in the application form on the official webpage of NRC. Here you must fill in your name and mailing address (including zip code), business telephone number, business cellular phone number, and business e-mail address.
    Besides this, you must specify your application type. It can be an application for a new certificate, an amendment to the license number, or a renewal of your license number.
  2. Provide information about the form, type, and planned number of available facilities, radiation protection programs, and users’ qualifications.
  3. Get a construction permit and an operating license. If you want to get a construction permit you must provide information about financial and antitrust statements, preliminary safety analyses, and the environmental review.
    Besides this, you must provide an assessment proving the need for operating a power plant.
  4. Once you have received a construction permit, complete an application form to get your operating license.
  5. Pay the fees. The cost of getting this document varies greatly depending on the state you live in.

After receiving your application, the NRC consults with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to decide whether your plans are appropriate enough to get a nuclear license. Your application must meet the criteria carried out by Standard Review Plans (SRPs). You can get your legal document when the NRC approves your application.

Where to apply for a Nuclear Materials License

If you want to get this legal document, you must refer to the United States NRC. Here is the contact information of the NRC:

E-mail address – U.S Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001
Phone number – 1-800-368-5642 or 301-415-7000

The business hours to visit any headquarter of the NRC are 7.30 a.m. – 4.15 p.m. Keep in mind that you can’t visit or contact the office on weekends and Federal holidays.

A Nuclear Regulatory Materials License Amendment

Depending on particular circumstances, the NRC can require amending your legal document. You can amend it whenever you want to make some changes in the operation of materials. An amendment requires making changes in the use of materials, users, and transfer of licenses.

You must amend your legal document by filling in this application form. Make sure to specify that you are applying for an amendment to the license number. Then write the number of the document you want to make changes in.

Nuclear Power Plant License Extension

If you want to work legally in this sphere without any problems or difficulties, then you must always have a valid legal document. So, it is compulsory to renew your license. You can apply to renew your document when the expiration date of your original license is near. The period of getting the renewed license highly depends on its type.

So, as to the expiration date of this legal document. The United States NRC issues this type of license for 40 years. It is quite a long period. However, when it comes to its expiration date, you have to extend it to work legally in this sphere. You can extend your document for up to 20 years.

Fees to get a Nuclear Materials License

The cost of getting this type of legal document varies greatly depending on the state you live in. For that reason, it is a little bit difficult to give a precise amount of money.

First of all, you must know that there are two types of fees issued by the NRC:

  1. First are the fees for Materials, Facilities, Export, and Import Licenses.
  2. Second are the annual fees for Reactor, Fuel Cycle, and Material licenses.

Each person who has this legal document issued by the NRC must pay a certain amount of money. If your annual fees are less than $100.000, then you can be charged only once a year. You and your company will be charged quarterly in case of having annual fees of more than $100.000.

There are different methods to pay the fees. One of the ways is the payment by EDI/ACH. It is an electronic payment via electronic data interchange. Another method to pay is by Fed wire/ TFCS. In this case, you send money via a Federal Reserve Bank. Other ways include payment by a credit card or a check.

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