[Letter from Lee H. Hamilton and Brent Scowcroft of the Blue Ribbon Commission for America's Nuclear Future to President Barack Obama Regarding Nuclear Waste Disposal and the Fiscal Year 2013 Budget] [open pdf - 89KB]
This letter from Lee H. Hamilton and Brent Scowcroft, co-chairs of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future, to President Barack Obama addresses recommendations by the commission to address nuclear waste management in the Fiscal Year 2013 budget proposal. From the letter: "At your direction, the Secretary of Energy established the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future to review policies for managing the back end of the nuclear fuel cycle and recommend a new strategy. We are pleased to be serving as Co‐Chairmen of the Commission, and we are writing to you to highlight an important action we strongly believe should be reflected in your Fiscal Year 2013 baseline budget projections. In our draft report to the Secretary, issued in July of this year, the Commission recommends several actions that should be taken to get the nuclear waste management program back on track. High on our list of recommendations are actions that can and should be taken soon to provide assured access to utility waste disposal fees for their intended purpose. Unless action is taken in the near‐term to fix the way these fees are treated in the federal budget, the nuclear waste strategy we recommend cannot succeed."