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Subject: Senator seeks more US reliance on nuclear power
> Senator seeks more US reliance on
> nuclear power
> USA: March 8, 2001
> WASHINGTON - New Mexico Republican Sen. Pete
> Domenici introduced legislation yesterday to spur use
> of nuclear power, saying the measure would promote
> new plant construction and expand technology
> funding for the "safe and environmentally clean fuel."
> Entitled the Nuclear Energy Electricity Assurance Act,
> senator said the bill would complement a comprehensive
> national energy plan put forward last month by Republican
> leaders in the Senate and blessed by the Bush White
> The nuclear bill aims "to foster greater use of nuclear
> energy while supporting advanced research into
> technologies to minimize wastes created by this
> cost-effective and environmentally sound energy source,"
> Domenici said.
> The bill has five major points: supporting nuclear energy
> production; encouraging new plant construction; assuring
> level playing field for nuclear power; creating waste
> solutions; and improving Nuclear Regulatory Commission
> (NRC) regulations.
> Domenici said national concerns over energy supplies -
> highlighted by power shortages in California in recent
> months - pointed to doing more for nuclear power, since
> alternatives like wind and solar could not pick-up the
> if nuclear production was lost.
> Currently, 103 commercial nuclear power plants operate in
> the U.S., providing around 20 percent of the nation's
> "Overall, you take fewer risks by doing nuclear power,"
> Domenici said.
> Nuclear utilities have been frustrated in recent years by
> lack of a federal plan to store some 40,000 tons of spent
> nuclear fuel, currently being stored on-site at plants. A
> separate measure to start storing the highly radioactive
> waste at Yucca Mountain in the Nevada desert failed last
> year, after the Senate came up one vote short in
> a veto by then President Bill Clinton.
> Following are some key elements of Domenici's
> * Renews the expiring Price Anderson Law, providing
> liability coverage for nuclear activities.
> * Elevates directors for nuclear energy and science at
> Energy Department to assistant secretary level.
> * Authorizes $60 million for Nuclear Energy Research
> Initiative and $15 million for Nuclear Energy Plant
> * Authorizes $15 million to the Energy Department for
> funding to provide incentives to utilities to make
> efficiency-enhancing capital investments that improve
> electrical capacity by at least 5 percent.
> * Enables payment of NRC fees for individual projects and
> gives preferential treatment for projects that would
> one class of improvements to impact many plants.
> * Authorizes $18 million in funding to keep domestic
> and conversion industries viable, and funding to place
> Portsmouth, Ohio, gaseous diffusion plant into "cold
> standby" at $36 million.
> * Authorizes $50 million for Energy Department research
> and development on Generation IV reactors and for
> development of a detailed road map recommending a path
> toward construction of a Generation IV reactor.
> * Develops national strategy for spent fuel, including
> of reprocessing and transmutation.
> * Eliminates provisions that precluded any foreign
> ownership - "owned, controlled, or dominated by an alien,
> foreign corporation, or a foreign government" - of power
> research reactors located in the U.S.
> REUTERS NEWS SERVICE