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The House of Representatives has passed by voice vote a bill calling for a National Academies’ study on low-dose radiation and for a research plan by the Department of Energy responding to this study.

On Monday, the House approved H.R. 5544, the Low-Dose Radiation Research Act of 2014, using a legislative mechanism reserved for the passage of noncontroversial bills.  The bill was introduced by Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), the chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.  Thirteen representatives from both parties cosponsored the bill.

19 Nov 2014

A new report by the Department of Energy (DOE) recommends a strategy for the permanent underground disposal of defense high-level radioactive waste and spent fuel.  Under this plan, waste material from atomic energy defense activities would be placed in a separate mined depository or deep boreholes. 

13 Nov 2014