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November 24, 2014

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November 17, 2014

NRC Head Calls for Disposal, Closure Rules

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Outgoing Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane spoke at the National Press Club Monday (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Outgoing Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane said that economic challenges to the nuclear power industry have led to a series of reactor closures, precipitating a need for rules on decommissioning plants rather than continuing the process of case-by-case exemptions. Full story

This Week: Keystone Vote, Policy Outlook

Congress is in full swing to wrap up lame duck priorities and the Senate is expected to vote on a measure to approve the Keystone XL pipeline Tuesday. Here is a schedule of other events on tap. Full story

November 13, 2014

GAO: Nuclear Waste Issue Requires Public Buy-in

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Tennessee Valley Authority’s Sequoyah Nuclear Generating Station. (Energy Department)

In response to a request from House Republicans, the Government Accountability Office looked into the challenges of the Energy Department’s handling of spent nuclear fuel – which without a central or interim waste storage facilities has been piling up at reactors in 33 states. The office concluded that no matter which path the administration and Congress take, the department needed to conduct a public outreach program. Full story

November 10, 2014

This Week: Congress is Back

Congress comes back this week to sort out prospects for the lame duck session and there are quite a few events in town focusing on aspects of energy policy. Full story

November 6, 2014

Election Energy Roundup

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(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Early Wednesday, CQ Roll Call’s reporting team began parsing expected election impact and laying out how the GOP takeover would affect Senate energy policy. Here are some of the stories, with those requiring a CQ subscription marked with ($). Full story

November 5, 2014

Without Reid, Yucca Mountain Looms

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A 1993 aerial view of Yucca Mountain, Nevada (Energy Department)

One of the biggest forces opposing the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository just lost his power. Full story

GOP in Charge and Ready to … Talk

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., center, his wife Elaine Chao, and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., address the crowd during a party for Kentucky Republicans in Louisville, Ky., November 4, 2014. McConnell defeated Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Following a wave of Republican victories Tuesday night in which the party seized control of the Senate by at least two seats, the winners are sounding a conciliatory tone. Full story

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

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