Transporting Nuclear Materials: Design, Logistics, and Shipment, Hearing Before the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, October 1, 2015   [open pdf - 2MB]

This is a testimony compilation of the October 1, 2015 hearing "Transporting Nuclear Materials: Design, Logistics, and Shipment," held before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. From the opening statement of Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus: "While Congress potentially considers amending the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, we must evaluate whether marginal safety gains from temporarily consolidating used fuel justifies the financial costs to transport used fuel twice. As this Committee continues to engage in conversations with national stakeholders to identify a path forward for permanent disposal of spent nuclear fuel, I hope DOE [U.S. Department of Energy] revisits previous recommendations and lays the foundation for a national campaign. One constructive step is the recognition to procure a fleet of railcars to ship spent fuel. In August, DOE signed a contract for the design of a railcar that could meet the Association of American Railroads requirements for transporting spent fuel and high-level waste. However, after the prototype railcar is acquired, it still must undergo rigorous testing to demonstrate performance. DOE estimates the overall timeframe for the development of the entire train system is seven to nine years. The lead time is a reminder Congress and DOE must remain attentive to comprehensive issues associated with used fuel management policy. Today, we will hear from expert stakeholders about the experience we have in moving nuclear material, such as engaging with state and local stakeholders to share information, identify routes, and train emergency responders." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Christopher Kouts, Edward R. Hamberger, Kelly Horn, Robert Quinn, Franklin Rusco, and Kevin Kamps.

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