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Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing: Views from Congress Dahlia L Sokolov, Ph.D. U.S. House of Representatives U.S. Women in Nuclear The Westin Convention Center Pittsburg, PA July 16-18, 2006 The Process… Authorization vs Appropriations Committees of Jurisdiction Tools of Congress Appropriations

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nuclear fuel reprocessing views from congress

Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing:Views from Congress

Dahlia L Sokolov, Ph.D.

U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Women in Nuclear

The Westin Convention Center

Pittsburg, PA

July 16-18, 2006

the process
The Process…
  • Authorization vs Appropriations
  • Committees of Jurisdiction
  • Tools of Congress
    • Appropriations
    • Legislation
    • Hearings
    • Letters
    • Closed door meetings
the players
The Players…
  • House Energy and Commerce
    • Chairman Joe Barton
  • House Science, Subcommittee on Energy
    • Chairman Judy Biggert
  • Senate Energy and Natural Resources
    • Chairman Pete Domenici
  • House and Senate Energy and Water Approps
    • Chairmen Hobson and Domenici
  • Others…
the politics
The Politics…
  • House versus Senate
  • A vision without a plan?
  • GNEP as the “red herring”
    • Yucca Mountain
    • New plant siting/licensing
    • Interim Storage
  • History of commercial reprocessing
  • Not in my back yard (NIMBY)
building support in the house
Building support in the House…
  • H.R. 5656 - SEC. 4. ADVANCED NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE TECHNOLOGIES R&D AND DEMONSTRATION PLAN.
    • Rigorous justification of technology choices
    • Consensus among advocates, including industry
    • Peer-review of R&D plan
    • Life-cycle cost analysis
    • Relationship to interim storage and final disposition requirements
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Dahlia L Sokolov

Committee on Science

Energy Subcommittee

U.S. House of Representatives

www.house.gov/science

dahlia.sokolov@mail.house.gov