House passage would provide $936 million to Energy Department's nuclear programs

The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) said yesterday the House of Representatives is preparing a vote on a bill that would provide $936 million for the Energy Department’s nuclear programs.

The fiscal 2016 budget for nuclear-related activities, which was approved by the House Appropriations Committee last week, rejects a duplicative decommissioning tax on ratepayers, lowers the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s budget to better reflect the agency’s workload, and provides funds to continue licensing work on the Yucca Mountain used-fuel repository.

The $936 million for nuclear programs is part of a $35 billion energy and water spending bill. If the bill is enacted, the nuclear portion would increase by $23 million, or 2.5 percent, over the fiscal 2015 enacted level and $28.5 million, or 3.1 percent, from President Barack Obama's administration’s request for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1.

“It is gratifying to see strong support for nuclear energy remaining a vital component of a diversified electricity portfolio that will strengthen our energy security,” NEI Senior Vice President for Governmental Affairs Alex Flint said.
The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) said yesterday the House of Representatives is preparing a vote on a bill that would provide $936 million for the Energy Department’s nuclear programs.

The fiscal 2016 budget for nuclear-related activities, which was approved by the House Appropriations Committee last week, rejects a duplicative decommissioning tax on ratepayers, lowers the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s budget to better reflect the agency’s workload, and provides funds to continue licensing work on the Yucca Mountain used-fuel repository.

The $936 million for nuclear programs is part of a $35 billion energy and water spending bill. If the bill is enacted, the nuclear portion would increase by $23 million, or 2.5 percent, over the fiscal 2015 enacted level and $28.5 million, or 3.1 percent, from President Barack Obama's administration’s request for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1.

“It is gratifying to see strong support for nuclear energy remaining a vital component of a diversified electricity portfolio that will strengthen our energy security,” NEI Senior Vice President for Governmental Affairs Alex Flint said.

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