Serial No. 113-77: Oversight of DOE's Strategy for the Management and Disposal of Used Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Radioactive Waste: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, July 31, 2013   [open pdf - 8MB]

This is the July 31, 2013 hearing on "Oversight of DOE's Strategy for the Management and Disposal of Used Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Radioactive Waste," held before the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy. From the opening statement of Fred Upton: "First, the Nuclear Waste Policy Act is the law on this subject. As Chairman Shimkus stated, that means Yucca Mountain. In shutting down the repository program, the administration did not elaborate on a technical or safety concern, merely that it was 'unworkable.' This was followed by the former Nuclear Regulatory Commission chairman unilaterally ceasing the staff's review of the license application one month -- one month before a key safety evaluation report was to be publicly released with the agency's conclusions about the safety of Yucca Mountain. Electricity consumers pay for the disposal of civilian spent nuclear fuel and taxpayers pay for disposal of nuclear waste from the atomic energy defense program. Michigan consumers alone have paid nearly $600 million dollars into the fund. $15 billion was invested in the repository program and got us within one month of knowing whether we have a scientifically safe and sound location. After spending $15 billion, the public should have a right to know what the NRC [Nuclear Regulatory Commission] concluded. Instead, DOE's [Department of Energy] strategy unfortunately abandons that investment, expecting consumers and taxpayers to foot the bill for another $5.6 billion for the first ten years to start over from square one." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Ernest J. Moniz.

Report Number:H. Hrg. 113-77; House Hearing 113-77; Serial No. 113-77
Publisher:United States. Government Printing Office
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