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September 12, 2014

Following Nuclear Option, NRC Regulators Get Fast-tracked

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Susquehanna Nuclear Power Plant (Nuclear Regulatory Commission)

Given changes to confirmation rules made by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, two nominees to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission are poised to be confirmed next week. Full story

Moniz’s Congressional Straddle

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Moniz fishing for salmon in Alaska with Verne Martell, Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s husband. (Energy Department)

Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz is embraced by members on both sides of the aisle while straddling the contentious divide over energy and environment issues, CQ Roll Call’s Geof Koss reports in the forthcoming copy of CQ Weekly (subscription). 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

September 4, 2014

FERC to Wade Through Market Revisions With Congress on Sidelines

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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will evaluate making changes to competitive markets in cases over the next several months, Chairwoman Cheryl LaFleur said Thursday. Full story

August 19, 2014

EPA Aims to Get Half the Waxman-Markey Carbon Cuts

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Regulations could obtain half the carbon reductions that were envisioned under a congressional measure that fell apart in 2009, according to a CQ Roll Call analysis. Full story

August 15, 2014

USEC Maintains Involvement in Centrifuge Project

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Workers test a centrifuge (USEC)

The financially troubled company that had been bumped from managing the American Centrifuge Project, USEC Inc., expects to remain involved in the facility until March and possibly into September of 2015. Full story

August 12, 2014

Moniz Visits Troubled Nuclear Waste Site

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The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico (Energy Department)

Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz is in New Mexico to visit the waste isolation pilot plant, known as WIPP, where radiation was released following an accident in February. Full story

August 6, 2014

Moniz to Visit Waste Isolation Plant

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A worker takes a sample in May in Room 7 of the Waste Isolation Pilot Project
(Energy Department)

Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz will visit a nuclear waste dump in New Mexico next week and take part in a town hall meeting, the department announced.

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July 31, 2014

The Federal Government’s ‘Shark Tank’ for Small Businesses

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Hosts Robert Herjavec, Lori Greiner and Daymond John of “Shark Tank” speak onstage during the ABC portion of the 2013 Winter TCA Tour Jan. 10 in Pasadena, Calif. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Companies that have energy innovations to peddle can benefit from groups with know-how that the Small Business Administration has organized and calls clusters, according to retired Rear Adm. Steven Smith, now director of the SBA’s Office of Disaster Planning and Risk Management. The process has similarities to the ABC TV show “Shark Tank,” where entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to deep-pocketed moguls. 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.

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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

‘Good Ideas’ Are Point of EPA Carbon Emissions Hearings, McCarthy Says

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McCarthy. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

“We expect good feedback from these sessions,” EPA administrator Gina McCarthy told reporters Monday about this week’s listening sessions on the agency’s proposal to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants. “No good ideas should be off the table.”

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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.

Nuclear Waste Bill Not Dead, Just Sleeping

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Feinstein. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A Senate measure to set up a new agency to oversee nuclear waste is lying dormant while election year priorities take the spotlight.

Despite prodding from the bill’s supporters, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairwoman Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., has yet to move the bill.

As CQ’s Geof Koss reports, for at least the third time this year, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., on Thursday publicly urged Landrieu to take up the bill, which Feinstein cosponsored and which the committee seemed about to move forward when Landrieu took the gavel in February.

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July 23, 2014

NRC Nominees Heading for Trouble?

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Sessions doesn’t want a “Jaczko Jr.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

There are “already signs that the path to Senate confirmation won’t be a cakewalk” for the two men nominated by President Barack Obama to fill seats on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, reports CQ Roll Call’s Geof Koss.

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