The NFRC was established in 2002 to promote the construction and operation of nuclear reprocessing facilities. NFRC promotes reprocessing commercial spent nuclear fuel that is generated by commercial nuclear power plants.

Reprocessing dramatically reduces the amount of high-level radioactive waste that would have to be stored in a geologic repository. We also support reprocessing plutonium and highly enriched uranium from nuclear warheads into fuel for use in commercial nuclear power plants.

Monday, September 9, 2013

NRC, DOE to Headline Yucca Discussion at House Energy

The House Energy & Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy will hold a hearing on September 10th at 10:00 a.m. looking at next steps on implementing the Nuclear Waste Policy Act.

The hearing comes after the August 13 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) must resume its consideration of the Department of Energy's license application for Yucca Mountain.

Officials from both NRC and DOE previously committed to complying with the court's decision during testimony before the subcommittee. Committee leaders have expressed that the first order of compliance should be for NRC to complete the Safety Evaluation Report on Yucca Mountain and release it publicly.

Witnesses will include NRC Chair Allison Macfarlane and DOE Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy Peter Lyons.

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