Letter to Representative Obey

Excerpt from the letter:

Dear Chairman Obey,

The members of the Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition (NWSC) strongly urge you to keep the nuclear waste disposal program (Program) funded to maintain the license application progress during the technical and scientific review by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

The NWSC was formed in 1993 out of frustration with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) lack of progress in developing a permanent repository for spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste, as well as Congress’ failure to fully fund the nuclear waste disposal program since 1982. We are an ad hoc group of state utility regulators, state attorneys general, electric utilities and associate members representing 46 member organizations in 26 states.

The House Appropriations Energy and Water Development Subcommittee’s approval of the Administration’s fiscal year (FY) 2010 budget request of $98.4 million from the Nuclear Waste Fund (NWF) is less than 13% of the $763 million paid into the fund in 2008 by the nation’s electric ratepayers. With an investment return of $1,117 billion, the total annual income in 2008 was $1,880 billion, according to the DOE’s June 2009 Summary of Program Financial and Budget Information Report.

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