WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 26, 2012—The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), the Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition (NWSC), the American Public Power Association (APPA), the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and Edison Electric Institute (EEI) welcome the final report of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future (BRC) to the Secretary of Energy. After two years of fact-finding and intense study, the commission has officially endorsed a number of strategic used-fuel management initiatives that our members and other experts have long supported and that will reform and re-energize the country’s high-level radioactive waste program. The six groups collectively represent state public utility commissions, nuclear energy producers and suppliers, and other public and private organizations interested in used nuclear fuel management.
NARUC, NEI, NWSC, APPA, NRECA and EEI are committed to establishing a sustainable, integrated program to manage used nuclear fuel from commercial reactors that produce carbon-free electricity for one in five American homes and businesses. The commission acknowledges that this program must include safe and secure consolidated storage, transportation, and geologic disposal. We agree with the commission’s eight key recommendations, and we believe that three recommendations, in particular, should be given high priority:
The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners is the national association representing the State Public Service Commissioners who regulate essential utility services, including energy, telecommunications, and water. NARUC members are responsible for assuring reliable utility service at fair, just, and reasonable rates.
The Nuclear Energy Institute is the policy organization for the nuclear technologies industry. NEI’s members include all utilities licensed to operate commercial nuclear power plants in the United States, nuclear plant designers, major architect/engineering firms, fuel fabrication facilities, nuclear material licensees, and other organizations and individuals involved in the nuclear energy industry. For more information on integrated used nuclear fuel management visit our website.
The Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition is an ad hoc organization representing the collective interests of state utility regulators, state attorneys general, consumer advocates, electric utilities, and associate members, on nuclear waste policy matters. NWSC’s primary focus is to protect ratepayer payments into the Nuclear Waste Fund and to support the removal and ultimate disposal of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste currently stranded at numerous commercial, defense, research, and decommissioned sites in 39 states.
Based in Washington, D.C., American Public Power Association is the national service organization for the nation's more than 2,000 community- and state-owned not-for-profit electric utilities serving 46 million customers.
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide service to 42 million people in 47 states.
The Edison Electric Institute is the association of U.S. Shareholder-Owned Electric Companies. EEI’s members serve 95 percent of the ultimate customers in the shareholder-owned segment of the industry, and represent approximately 70 percent of the U.S. electric power industry.