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October 26, 2014

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October 1, 2014

WIPP Cleanup Could Top $550M

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(Energy Department)

The Energy Department Tuesday released a plan to reopen the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico following a February accident and release of radiation. The department expects to spend between $310 million and $550 million, with the intention of resuming additional storage of transuranic waste from the nation’s legacy nuclear defense sites by 2016. Full story

September 23, 2014

Congress’ Pre-Recess Energy Bills

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Workers continue to erect scaffolding around the Capitol dome last week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The stop gap spending measure President Barack Obama signed Friday included provisions to allow the Energy Department to cover additional costs at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico and spending for programs under the Uranium Enrichment Decontamination and Decommissioning fund – with requirements to keep Congress apprised of the spending above previous appropriation rates.

The chambers also passed three other energy measures before clearing out of town for final campaign pushes. Full story

September 19, 2014

OMB Director Warns of Warming’s Fiscal Costs

Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan used his first speech in his new position to decry a multibillion-dollar drain on the federal budget that lawmakers don’t account for – climate change. Full story

September 18, 2014

Moniz Unveiled

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Photo courtesy of the Energy Department

CQ Roll Call’s Geof Koss sat down with Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz earlier this summer to discuss his relationship with Congress, as we mentioned last week. The whole story is now available outside the paywall.

Enjoy.

September 16, 2014

Senators Launch National Laboratory Caucus

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Fermilab’s Wilson Hall (Energy Department)

A bipartisan group of senators are launching an effort to support the work of the national laboratory system. Full story

September 8, 2014

White House Asks for Energy Add Ons in Continuing Resolution

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Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz visited the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in August
(Energy Department)

The administration is asking Congress to add money for uranium enrichment decommissioning and cleanup at a nuclear waste facility  in a continuing resolution expected to be passed in coming days. Full story

July 30, 2014

Payday for Hydropower, If Senate Can Pass Energy-Water Bill

Senate appropriators are looking to bolster water power research, recommending $69 million for such projects in the Energy-Water bill that stalled last month, an increase of 18 percent.

Full story

July 29, 2014

Former USEC Uranium Enrichment Project Marked for $110 Million Under Senate Bill

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Source: USEC, Inc., American Centrifuge Project in Piketon, Ohio.

Senate appropriators want to allocate $110 million for the American Centrifuge Project in Piketon, Ohio, formerly headed by USEC, Inc.

“The committee directs that the Department of Energy shall use these funds only to maintain existing centrifuges and facilities associated with domestic enrichment capabilities and safeguard intellectual property rights,” the Senate Energy-Water Appropriations Subcommittee wrote in the report accompanying its fiscal 2015 bill.

Full story

July 28, 2014

DOE Cybersecurity Is a Mess, According to Senate Panel

There are 11 different places in the Energy Department budget that contain cybersecurity funding for energy, science and environmental missions. That’s too messy for the Senate Appropriations Committee, which wants to see all of that nearly $150 million consolidated into one place. Full story

July 25, 2014

The Decrepit and Unused Buildings of the NNSA

The National Nuclear Security Administration “is now spending significant amounts of money to maintain about 450 facilities no longer needed for program use and that now sit empty,” according to a newly-released Senate Appropriations Committee report.

July 11, 2014

House Skirts LNG Filibuster

For a fleeting moment, a California lawmaker played with the idea of a filibuster Thursday, as he pushed for a requirement that exports of liquefied natural gas be shipped by U.S. flagged vessels. After the chairwoman told Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., that debate on a point of order was not timed and could continue as long as it was on the issue, you could see the wheels turning. Full story

Lawmakers Get Punch Drunk on Energy-Water

As the hours dragged on while the House debated the Energy-Water spending bill Thursday night, proposals got less serious and leadership patience waned, teetered and at points seemed to snap.

Full story

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