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#SubEnvironment to Examine Legislative Discussion Draft Related to Nation’s Nuclear Waste Management


WASHINGTON, DC – The Subcommittee on Environment, chaired by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), today announced a hearing for Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at 10 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled, “H.R.___, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017.”

In the 114th Congress, the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy held seven hearings and the committee sent five letters to inform the committee’s efforts as it relates to a comprehensive solution for the nation’s nuclear waste management policy. Next week, #SubEnvironment will examine H.R.___, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017, which provides practical reforms to the nation’s nuclear waste management policy to ensure the federal government’s obligations to dispose of used nuclear fuel and high-level waste can be fulfilled. The discussion draft serves to facilitate feedback from stakeholders as to how best to update our nuclear waste management policy.

“We look forward to receiving feedback on this discussion draft,” said full committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and subcommittee Chairman Shimkus. “This proposal was thoughtfully developed through an extensive record of hearings and other oversight over the past six years to identify what may be needed to strengthen the Nuclear Waste Policy Act. Now it is time to get our nation’s nuclear waste management policy back on track through consideration of this legislative proposal.”

For a list of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s work on nuclear waste management policy, click HERE.

The Majority Memorandum, witness list, and witness testimony for the hearing will be available here as they are posted. 


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