Rep. Cliff Stearns
House Committee on Energy & Commerce
Department of Energy’s Fiscal Year 2007 Budget Proposal
March 9, 2006
Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for calling this hearing.
Mr. Secretary, welcome and thank you for taking the time to appear before us today. I appreciated your efforts to work with Congress in passing last year’s energy bill, and look forward to our continued cooperation to tackle a specific segment of the energy production industry: nuclear power.
My home state of
In his Fiscal Year 2007 budget, the President
requested $544.5 million for nuclear waste disposal at
While I appreciate the Department’s proposed Global Nuclear Energy Program (GNEP), which will over time reduce the amount of spent nuclear fuel destined for storage, this does not obviate the need to finally open Yucca for business. Since 1998, the law has required the Federal government to collect spent fuel, and it is time for collection to get underway.
Mr. Secretary, I eagerly await a legislative
proposal to set sensible scientific standards for waste disposal, and to
So, Mr. Chairman, Mr. Secretary, let’s not leave energy providers hanging in regulatory limbo. Let’s get Yucca done.
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