E&C Studio Presents: Bipartisan Outrage Over Obama Administration Termination of Yucca Mountain Nuclear Repository
Prior to the Obama administration's rush to terminate the Yucca Mountain project, the landmark effort was nearing the finish line for full construction authorization with the Energy Department's submission of a license application in June 2008. Federal law requires NRC to complete license review within four years at the latest. The GAO estimates that nearly $15 billion has been spent on research surrounding the Yucca Mountain repository since 1983, $9.5 billion of which has been directly collected from the public's electric...
Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee Discusses Legislation to Protect Americans from Data Theft
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, chaired by Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA), today held a legislative hearing on the discussion draft of the Secure and Fortify Data Act (SAFE Data Act), which establishes uniform national standards for data security and data breach notification.
Chairman Bono Mack introduced this legislation in the aftermath of several high-profile data breaches at companies including Sony, Epsilon, and Citigroup. These recent cyber attacks have compromised the personal information of millions of Americans, underscoring the...
Energy and Power Subcommittee Approves Bill to Increase Energy Supplies, Lower Gasoline Prices, and Create American Jobs
WASHINGTON, DC - The Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power, chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), today approved legislation to strengthen America's energy security and create tens of thousands of new jobs. The North American-Made Energy Security Act (H.R. 1938) was approved by the subcommittee by voice vote. The bipartisan bill now moves to the full Energy and Commerce Committee for consideration.
The North American-Made Energy Security Act, introduced by Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE), would expedite a final decision on the Presidential Permit for the Keystone...
NRC Inspector General Testifies on Nuclear Chief's Strategic Manipulation of Yucca Mountain Project
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, chaired by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), held a hearing yesterday to examine the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Inspector General Report on the "NRC Chairman's Unilateral Decision to Terminate NRC's Review of the DOE Yucca Mountain Repository License Application." NRC Inspector General Hubert Bell testified on his office's report that revealed damning evidence that Chairman Jaczcko abused his legal authority by deliberately withholding key decision-making information from his fellow Commissioners and intentionally blocking issues for...
Health Care Regulations: TBD
The uncertainty--created by the health care law--continues to plague job creators, and--lately, it seems the Obama administration is going out of its way to make--the problem--worse. The health care law mandates that all--employers--offering health care coverage to their workers must--provide--a government-defined--"Essential Benefits Package." --What does that entail? No one knows. The law fails to define what should be included in the package and instead, authorizes the Department of Health and Human Services (read:--an extraordinarily powerful--unelected bureaucrat) to decide.
It has been more than a year since Obamacare...
NEWS: Associated Press "NRC Chief in Hot Seat for Scrapping Work on Yucca Mountain Dump"
By DINA CAPPIELLO and MATTHEW DALYThe Associated PressJune 12, 2011
WASHINGTON -- In the two years that Gregory Jaczko has led the nation's independent nuclear agency, his actions to delay, hide and kill work on a disputed dump for high-level radioactive waste have been called "bizarre," ''unorthodox" and "illegal."
These harsh critiques haven't come just from politicians who have strong views in favor of the Yucca Mountain waste site in Nevada. They've come from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's own scientists and a former agency chairman.
OPINION: Wall Street Journal Editorial "The EPA's War on Jobs"
WALL STREET JOURNAL...
EDITORIAL... June 13, 2011 ... President Obama's jobs council will make its first recommendations today on lifting hiring and strengthening the economy. Too bad the message doesn't seem to be reaching the Administration's regulators, in particular the Environmental Protection Agency. ... The EPA is currently conducting a campaign against coal-fired power and one of its most destructive weapons is a pending regulation to limit mercury and other hazardous air pollutants like dioxins or acid gases that power plants emit. The 946-page rule mandates that...
OPINION: Wall Street Journal and Washington Post Opinion Pages on Investigation into Political Manipulation in Yucca Mountain Shutdown
Wall Street Journal Obama's Nuclear Politics
By Kim StrasselJune 10, 2011
The Obama administration has shown a certain ruthless streak when it comes to getting what it wants. For its latest in brass-knuckle tactics, consider the ongoing fight over the proposed Yucca nuclear waste facility.
This tale begins in 2008, when candidate Obama was determined to win Nevada, a crucial electoral state. Catering to locals, Mr. Obama promised to kill plans--approved by Congress--to make the state's Yucca Mountain the repository for spent nuclear fuel. He was...