Nuclear energy

“ The Administration is committed to promoting nuclear power in the United States and developing a safe, long-term solution for the management of used nuclear fuel and nuclear waste.  The work of the Blue Ribbon Commission will be invaluable to this process.” - Energy Secretary Steven Chu

29 Jan 2010

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16 Sep 2011

Members  of Congress who hoped that the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future  would offer sure-fire recommendations enabling the U.S. to move ahead on a  permanent solution to the disposal of nuclear waste were surely disappointed in  what commission members advised at recent hearings.  Any solution is likely to take decades and  billions of dollars to implement, and remains highly uncertain in having a  successful outcome.

10 Feb 2012

The  Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing to review legislation  that may serve as the framework for the storage and later permanent disposal of  the nation’s civilian and defense nuclear waste.  Meeting to receive testimony on S. 3469, The  Nuclear Waste Administration Act of 2012, the committee received generally  positive reviews of this bill introduced by committee chairman Jeff Bingaman  (D-NM).

2 Nov 2012

The Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Nuclear Initiative  issued a white paper in July entitled “Maintaining US Leadership in Global Nuclear  Energy Markets.”  The 30-page report  defines nuclear industry strengths and challenges in addition to outlining  strategic goals for maintaining US leadership in global nuclear energy  markets.  The BPC Nuclear Initiative is  led by BPC Senior Fellow and former Senate Energy Committee Chairman Pete V.  Domenici (R-NM) and Warren “Pet

14 Sep 2012

  decadal survey issued in late June by a National Research Council committee concluded  that the “nuclear physics program in the United States has been especially well  managed,” and offered recommendations to guide the program in future years.

31 Aug 2012

During  the House of Representative’s consideration of H.R. 5325, the FY 2013 Energy  and Water Development Appropriations Bill, an amendment was offered to reduce  the budget for the nuclear weapons technology account by $298.0 million.  This amendment was defeated by a vote of 138  to 281. The amendment was sponsored by Rep. Jared  Polis (D-CO) and Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA). 

Polis  opened debate on this amendment:

15 Jun 2012

The White House has threatened to veto the FY 2015 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill that the full House of Representatives is now considering.  A Statement of Administration Policy issued today by the Office of Management and Budget on H.R. 4923 declares:

9 Jul 2014

House  and Senate appropriators have completed work on the FY 2013 Energy and Water  Development Appropriations Bill.  The House  and  Senate   reports outline contrasting approaches to the difficult issue of handling domestic  nuclear waste.  Differences in funding  levels and policy recommendations will be resolved in a conference between the  appropriators later this year.

17 May 2012

House  and Senate appropriators have completed work on the FY 2013 Energy and Water  Development Appropriations Bill.  The House   and  Senate   reports contain approximately 57 pages of funding and policy recommendations  for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).   Language  within each report stands, unless there is a conflict that will be resolved in  the final conference report.  This final  conference report

15 May 2012


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