Next Steps Toward Permanent Nuclear Waste Disposal, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, July 15, 2008   [open pdf - 3MB]

From the opening statement of Rick Boucher: "Today we will receive testimony on the status of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository program, a matter of major concern to many, including the electricity consumers who are paying their funds into the nuclear waste fund. Congratulations should be extended this morning to Mr. Sproat, the Director of DOE's Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management for his success in meeting his promised date of June, 2008 for submission to the National Resource Council of the Yucca Mountain licensing application. Since it has now been submitted, it is appropriate we learn this morning about the overall status of the project, and the next steps that we can anticipate. While the submission to the NRC of the license application achieves an important milestone, the longstanding challenge of assuring adequate funding for the project remains of paramount concern. While in theory a balance of more than $20 billion resides in the nuclear waste fund in practice most of that money has been expended for other purposes. Each year the nuclear waste program has to compete for annual appropriations and actual appropriations have been only a fraction of the amount that the rate payers have contributed into the nuclear waste fund." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Fred Upton, Doris Matsui, John Shimkus, Jim Matheson, Greg Walden, Ed Whitfield, Shelley Berkley, Edward F. Sproat, Michael F. Weber, Robert J. Meyers, B. John Garrick, Marvin S. Fertel, and Anne C. George.

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