Price Anderson Act Report to Congress

The Price-Anderson Act (PAA) provides a system of financial protection for persons who may be liable and persons who may be injured by a nuclear incident.  The Department of Energy (DOE) is authorized to administer the PAA system of financial protection with respect to DOE contractual activities. Pursuant to the Energy Policy Act of 2005, DOE is directed to submit a report to Congress by December 31, 2021, on the need to continue or modify the provisions of the PAA under which DOE provides financial protection in the form of an indemnification to contractors and other persons who may be legally liable for a nuclear incident or precautionary evacuation arising from activity under a DOE contract.  

DOE issued a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) to solicit the comments and views of the public on the need for continuation or modification of the provisions of the PAA, as it pertains to DOE. The public comment period closed on October 25, 2021.  DOE is preparing the required Report to Congress, which will be available on this site when completed and submitted to Congress.

For additional information, the NOI, DOE’s notice of extension of the public comment period on the NOI, and the public comments received in response to the NOI are available below.

Notice of Inquiry: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/07/26/2021-15840/notice-of-inquiry-on-preparation-of-report-to-congress-on-the-price-anderson-act

Notice of Inquiry Extension: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/08/16/2021-17440/notice-of-inquiry-on-preparation-of-report-to-congress-on-the-price-anderson-act

Responsive comments to NOI (in reverse chronological order):

  1. Michel Lee for the Council on Intelligent Energy & Conservation Policy
  2. Susan H. Shapiro for the Rockland Environmental Group, LLC  
  3. Theresa L. Romanosky for the Association of American Railroads, and Sarah Yurasko for the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association  
  4. Mary Neumayr for Urenco USA  
  5. Jerry Bonanno for Nuclear Energy Institute  
  6. Mark J. Meagher for University Laboratory Group  
  7. Omer F. Brown, II for Energy Contractors Price-Anderson Group  
  8. David Addington for the National Federation of Independent Business  
  9. Annika Rae Kolasa, Esq.  
  10. Henrietta Cosentino   

Requests for extension (in reverse chronological order):

  1. Caroline Reiser and Geoffrey H. Fettus for the natural Resources Defense Council; Timothy Judson for the Nuclear Information and Resource Service; Kevin Kamps for Beyond Nuclear; Tom Clements for Savannah River Site Watch
  2. Ellen C. Ginsberg for the Nuclear Energy Institute