NEI commends house subcommittee for approach to nuclear energy in budget bill

The House Energy and Water Development Subcommittee marked up a $32.1 billion appropriations bill for fiscal 2013 today.

The legislation offered significant support for U.S. Department of Energy nuclear research and development programs. It rejected the administration’s latest attempt to impose new charges on nuclear energy companies for the Uranium Enrichment Decontamination and Decommissioning fund.

The Nuclear Energy Institute’s Alex Flint, senior vice president for governmental affairs, made the following remarks in reaction to the markup.

“The Nuclear Energy Institute thanks the Energy and Water Subcommittee for its solid support for nuclear energy in this budget cycle, and particularly Chairman Frelinghuysen and Ranking Member Visclosky for their longstanding commitment to nuclear energy as a vital low-carbon energy technology.

“As approved by the subcommittee, this measure restores federal spending on nuclear energy to the fiscal 2012 level of $765 million, some $90 million above the administration’s appropriations request. The industry greatly appreciates this vote of confidence. Continuing federal investment in the nuclear fuel cycle research and development program, including $10 million from the Nuclear Waste Fund for activities associated with the Blue Ribbon Commission recommendations, provides a good foundation for moving forward. The nuclear industry continues to believe that the licensing of Yucca Mountain should continue and appreciates the $25 million from the Nuclear Waste Fund to pursue that goal.”