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“The Chairman and I were seeing little benefit from our participation in ITER” Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said at a hearing on the Department of Energy’s FY 2016 budget request.  Feinstein’s remark was addressed to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, referring to misgivings she and Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) have had about the experimental fusion reactor during last year’s development of the FY 2015 appropriations bill.

27 Mar 2015

House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Mike Simpson (R-ID) got right to the point:  “while it was great to see some of the Department of Energy funding increases proposed, since they were not actually the result of making the tough choices needed in this fiscal environment, we cannot realistically use this request as a true measure of need or priorities.”  Simpson’s remarks were addressed to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz at the start of a February 26 subcommittee hearing on DOE’s FY 2016 request.

3 Mar 2015

The Energy Sciences Coalition, a broad based coalition of organizations representing scientists, engineers, and mathematicians in universities, industry and national laboratories, sent a November 25 letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) requesting that the Senate move promptly to confirm Franklin M. (Lynn) Orr, Jr. and Marc Kastner to serve as Under Secretary for Science and Energy and Director of the Office of Science at the Department of Energy (DOE).  It has been approximately a year since President Obama made these two nominations. 

3 Dec 2014

What priority does science have at the Department of Energy? What are DOE's science goals, and how should the Department measure its progress in reaching these goals? A newly-released Department of Energy Strategic Plan answers these and many other questions.

17 Nov 2000

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

Inertial Confinement Fusion Fusion research is funded in two different parts of the Department of Energy's budget. FYI #73 provided the committee report (H.Rpt. 106-693) language for the fusion energy science component of H.R. 4733, which is a program under the department's Office of Science. Inertial confinement fusion funding is in the weapons activities part of the bill. The report language on inertial confinement fusion, including an important condition regarding future funding for the National Ignition Facility, follows.

27 Jun 2000

If all goes as scheduled, the House of Representatives will consider the FY 2001 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill this week. This legislation, H.R. 4733, provides funding for the Department of Energy's Office of Science.

H.R. 4733 provides more funding than was requested for fusion energy sciences and the total requested funding for the High Energy Physics and Nuclear Physics programs. The Basic Energy Sciences program took a major hit, primarily in the reduction from the requested level of funding for the Spallation Neutron Source.

26 Jun 2000

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee was scheduled to vote on his nomination on February 26, with the full Senate to vote after that. Reports indicate that this vote was delayed, in part, because of an impasse between Senator Frank Murkowski (R-AK) and the administration over nuclear waste storage. In anticipation of Senate approval, Pena appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee on February 5 to share his views on DOE's national security mission.

25 Feb 1997


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