Financial Assurance for Pennsylvania Licenses

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) sent a letter dated January 15, 2008 to NRC materials licensees authorized to conduct licensed activities in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who have a decommissioning financial assurance instrument. This letter covered decommissioning financial assurance instruments and the upcoming agreement with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. First please know that letter may be vague. It may have led licensees to believe they must have a financial assurance instrument in place with the Commonwealth prior to the effective date of the Agreement, March 31, 2008. This is not the case. Any valid financial assurance instruments held by NRC licensees prior to the effective date will continue beyond the effective date until the Commonwealth tells the NRC that a licensee has provided a satisfactory financial assurance instrument to the Commonwealth.

To facilitate the transitioning of financial assurance the Commonwealth has developed templates for the various types of instruments. Links to these templates can be found below. Licensees should use these templates to develop their new financial assurance instrument documents.

To further assist you please know that:

  • PA DEP generally follows the procedures for FA outlined in NRC's NUREG 1757, Vol. 3
  • the PA DEP forms are based on the NRC forms found in NUREG 1757 with appropriate changes made to the documents to reflect PA DEP jurisdiction after Agreement State becomes effective
  • PA DEP considers the PA DEP model forms acceptable for use by licensees required to post FA.

If you have questions please contact the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Radiation Protection, Radiation Control Division, Radioactive Materials Section or its legal counsel at (717) 787-3720.

Please send financial assurance documents to:

Bryan Werner
PA Department of Environmental Protection
Bureau of Radiation Protection
P.O. Box 8469
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8469

DEP Financial Assurance Templates:
Additional information about Pennsylvania's Agreement State status may be found at the Bureau's Radioactive Materials Licensing webpage.