Dept. of Energy

Allison Macfarlane, Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, announced yesterday that she will resign from her position on January 1, 2015.  Macfarlane will become the Director of George Washington University’s Center for International Science and Technology Policy.

Macfarlane became NRC chairman on July 2012 when former chairman Gregory Jaczko left before completing the fifth year of his term.  She was renominated by President Obama and began her five year term in June 2013.

22 Oct 2014

Within the past month, the Administration has announced two nominations that are of interest to the science and technology community. Both will require Senate confirmation, but when that will occur is an open question. Congress returns next week from August recess, but will have its hands full trying to finish up the appropriations bills before the start of the new fiscal year on October 1.

27 Aug 1997

With the Administration's decision to end nuclear testing, the Department of Energy, as the guardian of the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile, must rely on computer modeling and simulation to certify the weapons' safety and reliability. At its weapons labs, DOE has the most powerful computer in the world, and two even faster ones under construction, and now needs to develop skills and techniques for using this computing power to maintain the stockpile.

6 Aug 1997

Today the full House considers H.R. 2203, the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill for FY 1998. Accompanying this legislation is the appropriations committee report (105-190), which contains several passages of interest to the physics community. The Senate has already completed work on its version of this bill; see FYI #93. It is expected that a conference committee will not meet until September to iron out the differences in the two different versions of this bill.

25 Jul 1997


Last Friday, the CERN Council voted to approve a revised agreement with the United States. This initialed agreement covers American participation in both the construction and use of the the Large Hadron Collider. Although details are not available (DOE only saying it "clarifies issues of management, cost, oversight and international reciprocity"), this yet-to-be-signed agreement won praise from DOE Secretary Federico F. Pena and CERN Director General Christopher Llewellyn-Smith.

25 Jun 1997

Concern from environmentalists, local citizens and scientific users of the facility has prompted the Department of Energy to set up a public process to address the fate of the High Flux Beam Reactor at Brookhaven National Laboratory. The department intends to solicit public input on its decision whether or not to restart the reactor, which has remained closed since the discovery of a tritium leak, apparently from its spent fuel storage pool (see FYI #74.)

12 Jun 1997

Last December, the Energy Department discovered a tritium leak, thought to be from the spent fuel storage pool of the High Flux Beam Reactor, at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) on Long Island.

12 Jun 1997

There were two developments this week for the Large Hadron Collider. Both follow previous action by the House Science Committee, and statements by its chairman, Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wisconsin.)


23 May 1997

Brookhaven National Laboratory Earlier this month, Department of Energy Secretary Federico Pena terminated the management contract with Associated Universities Inc. at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Since then, the House Science Committee has announced its intention to review this action.

22 May 1997

Director Martha Krebs appeared before the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee on March 13 to testify on her office's FY 1998 budget request. This was a hearing largely without surprises for Krebs, although another DOE witness was the subject of harsh questioning.

26 Mar 1997


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