NRC Inspector General Report on the NRC Chairman's Unilateral Decision to Terminate NRC's Review of the DOE Yucca Mountain Repository License Application, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, June 14, 2011   [open pdf - 7MB]

This hearing examines the decision made by the chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to terminate review of the Department of Energy (DOE)'s Yucca Mountain Repository License. From the opening statement of Gene Green: "There has been a lot of discussion in this committee on the decision by the administration not to proceed with Yucca Mountain, and I have stated several times before the U.S. alone produced 806 billion kilowatt hours of nuclear power in 2008 making us the biggest producer of nuclear power in the world. Now, 25 years later, $15 billion in rate-payers fees and income taxes, we are closing our only long-term solution for nuclear waste. The President has said he supports investments in alternative forms of energy, and Secretary Chu has testified before this committee that we would be unable to meet the President's goals if we do not continue to invest in nuclear power. As we look forward and focus on investing more in nuclear power, we still have nuclear waste. Even if we have better short-term storage than we do now, we still need somewhere to put the waste 50 or 1,000 years from now. Today, we will be discussing the NRC's Inspector General's Report on the NRC chair's decision to terminate the NRC's review of Yucca Mountain." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John Shimkus, Gene Green, Fred Upton, Ed Whitfield, Henry A. Waxman, Hubert T. Bell, Joseph McMillan, Rossana Raspa, and Joe Barton.

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