WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Senate Budget Committee Thursday marked up the resolution on the federal budget for fiscal 2014. The Nuclear Energy Institute’s senior vice president for governmental affairs, Alex Flint, made the following comments on the resolution’s nuclear-related provisions.
“The nuclear energy industry is pleased that the Senate budget resolution includes a reserve fund to facilitate restructuring the federal government’s nuclear waste management program. This is evidence of bipartisan recognition that we have it within our grasp to establish a sustainable, integrated program to safely and efficiently manage used nuclear fuel from nuclear energy facilities and high-level radioactive waste from our nation’s defense program.
“The nuclear energy industry stands ready to work with the Senate and the administration to achieve key reforms that include development of one or more consolidated storage facilities for used nuclear fuel at volunteer sites, and creation of a federal corporation dedicated solely to implementing the waste management program and empowered with the authority and resources to succeed, particularly with regard to development of a permanent repository.
“Conversely, the Senate budget resolution suffers from the inclusion of the administration’s revenue projections from the proposed reinstatement of the uranium enrichment decontamination and decommissioning tax that the industry strongly opposes. The nuclear energy industry already has met its financial obligations to the D&D fund. It is patently unfair for the administration to seek to reimpose this tax.”