Report to Congress on the Price-Anderson Act

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The Price-Anderson Amendments Act of 1988 (1988 Amendments) directed both the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to file reports with Congress containing their respective recommendations for continuation, repeal or modification of the Price-Anderson Act. This report fulfills the statutory requirement in Atomic Energy Act § 170.p. by focusing on those provisions of the Price-
Anderson Act under which DOE indemnifies its contractors and other persons for legal liability arising from a nuclear incident or precautionary evacuation caused by activities under a contract with DOE (the DOE indemnification). It also examines the related provisions in § 234A of the Atomic Energy Act under which DOE has the authority to impose civil penalties for violations of nuclear safety requirements by contractors, subcontractors and suppliers covered by the DOE indemnification. Finally, it examines the effects on the Price-Anderson Act that would result from ratification of the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage.