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NRC wants information on decommissioning funding for 26 reactor units at 18 plants, the agency said in a June 19 statement. The NRC said it has contacted the licensees "to clarify how the companies will address the recent economic downturn's effects on funds to decommission reactors in the future." Operators are required by law to set aside decommissioning funds during reactors' operating lives, and NRC said its "review of the latest reports on the decommissioning funding assurance suggest several plants must adjust their funding plans." NRC said the reactors in question are Beaver Valley-1, Braidwood-1 and -2, Browns Ferry-1, -2 and -3, Byron-1 and -2, Calvert Cliffs-1, Clinton, Duane Arnold, Ginna, Indian Point-2, LaSalle-1 and -2, Nine Mile Point-1 and -2, Palisades, Point Beach-1 and -2, River Bend, Sequoyah-1 and -2, Vermont Yankee, Waterford and Watts Bar-1. Tim McGinty, director of policy and rulemaking in NRC's Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, said in the statement that agency staff will "discuss this with the plants over the next few weeks so they can explain to us how they'll get the funds back on track to account for their decommissioning cost estimates.