Federal regulators and other U.S. agencies that deal with U.S. energy and environmental issues are getting back to work starting Oct. 17.
After 10 p.m. Eastern on Oct. 16, the House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution, which had already been approved by the Senate, to reopen the federal government. President Obama quickly signed the spending measure.
“NRC is pleased to announce that we will resume full operations on Thursday, October 17, 2013,” the Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced on its website. “To the extent practical, employees scheduled to work on Thursday should report for work at their regularly scheduled starting time,” the NRC said.
The NRC had already posted its regular reactor status report before 9 a.m. on Oct. 17. Likewise, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) was back at work the morning after the vote to end the shutdown, posting a report on global nuclear generation.
Most federal agencies were hit by the shutdown that started Oct. 1. Some, like the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), were able to continue operating.