WASHINGTON—The Clinton Administration today released its fiscal year 1999 budget, including a new nuclear energy research and development package within the Department of Energy. The following is a statement by Joe F. Colvin, president and chief executive officer of the Nuclear Energy Institute, in response to the Energy Department's FY99 budget.
"The Energy Department's nuclear energy R&D funding request, though it falls $16 million short of the research initiative recommended last September by the President's scientific advisers, responds to the world's increasing recognition of nuclear power as THE clean-air energy. By fully funding the Energy Department's request, if not providing the additional investment recommended by the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology (P-CAST), Congress can make a strong statement in support of a better environmental quality of life for the American people.
"The P-CAST study was the most comprehensive energy research and development examination in decades. It recognizes the strategic importance of nuclear power as a carbon-free electricity source. Action by Congress and the Energy Department to implement the P-CAST recommendations—including the call for a $40 million investment in the nuclear energy research initiative in fiscal year 1999—would be a tremendous positive step toward toward cleaner air and enhanced energy security for our nation.
"DOE also deserves plaudits for the university research initiative that it is coordinating with the brightest scientists at our institutes of higher learning to help the nation's nuclear energy plants increase their high levels of safety and efficiency."
The Nuclear Energy Institute is the nuclear energy industry’s policy organization. This news release and additional information about nuclear energy are available on NEI’s Internet site at http://www.nei.org .