The feds return to work as shutdown ends

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.

About Wayne Barber 4201 Articles
Wayne Barber, Chief Analyst for the GenerationHub, has been covering power generation, energy and natural resources issues at national publications for more than 20 years. Prior to joining PennWell he was editor of Generation Markets Week at SNL Financial for nine years. He has also worked as a business journalist at both McGraw-Hill and Financial Times Energy. Wayne also worked as a newspaper reporter for several years. During his career has visited nuclear reactors and coal mines as well as coal and natural gas power plants. Wayne can be reached at wayneb@pennwell.com.