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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Sep 9, 2013 2:17 PM Flag

    Nuke chief: Regulators moving ‘promptly’ to restart Yucca review

    Nuke chief: Regulators moving ‘promptly’ to restart Yucca review

    Ben Geman - 09/09/13 11:09 AM ET

    The federal government’s top nuclear safety official will tell lawmakers Tuesday that regulators are moving “promptly” to comply with an August court ruling that revived the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump.

    Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairwoman (NRC) Allison Macfarlane, in testimony to a House committee, walks lawmakers through the NRC’s steps to revive its licensing review of Yucca, the long-planned Nevada waste repository that President Obama has tried to kill.

    But Macfarlane, in her statement to a House Energy and Commerce Committee panel that’s holding a hearing Tuesday on Yucca Mountain, puts the burden on Congress and the White House to ensure the review can be completed.

    Her testimony reminds the committee that the NRC doesn’t have enough cash to complete the review of the Energy Department’s (DOE) Yucca Mountain license application, and that no additional funds are in the current fiscal year budget.

    “The matter of whether or not funds are appropriated for the fiscal year 2014 is before Congress and the fiscal year 2015 budget development process is well underway. As the court noted in its decision, the underlying policy debate related to the matter of future funding for the NRC license review of [the Energy Department’s] Yucca Mountain license application is for Congress and the President to address,” her testimony states.

    Check out the whole thing here.


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