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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… Authorization vs Appropriations Committees of Jurisdiction Tools of Congress Appropriations

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Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing: Views from Congress

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  1. 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

  2. The Process… • Authorization vs Appropriations • Committees of Jurisdiction • Tools of Congress • Appropriations • Legislation • Hearings • Letters • Closed door meetings

  3. 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…

  4. 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)

  5. 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

  6. Dahlia L Sokolov Committee on Science Energy Subcommittee U.S. House of Representatives www.house.gov/science dahlia.sokolov@mail.house.gov

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