Upton Welcomes GAO Recommendations for Enhanced Planning and Collaboration in Nuclear Fuel Cycle Research & Development

November 16, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today welcomed recommendations in a new GAO report regarding the Department of Energy's nuclear fuel cycle research and development efforts. Upton requested the report with Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) and former Congressman Rick Boucher (D-VA). GAO's review found that DOE should enhance its planning and its collaboration with industry and other countries in pursing such research and development. 

Upton made the following statement on the report's recommendations:

"Nuclear energy is a critical part of the nation's energy supply portfolio. I support the report's recommendations to enhance DOE's current research and planning efforts for the development of nuclear fuel cycle and associated technologies. Increased collaboration with industry and other countries will help address technical challenges, assist the development of advanced technologies, and promote the expanded use of nuclear power necessary to meet our nation's growing energy demands."

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