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Hearing Hearing Date: September 26, 2017 2:00 pm 2154 Rayburn HOB

Examining America’s Nuclear Waste Management and Storage

Examining America’s Nuclear Waste Management and Storage
September 26, 2017
2:00 pm
2154 Rayburn HOB


  • To examine the management of our nation’s increasing amount of nuclear waste.
  • To highlight the challenges communities across the country face when dealing with nuclear waste.


  • Over the last four decades, the nuclear industry has produced 76,430 metric tons of nuclear waste – enough to cover a football field eight yards deep.
  • In 1982, Congress passed the Nuclear Waste Policy Act (NWPA), which directs the Department of Energy to build and operate a repository for used nuclear fuels and other high-level radioactive waste. 
  • Despite the NWPA, the United States does not utilize one repository or storage site, leaving nuclear waste sitting at numerous nuclear facilities throughout communities nationwide.

Witnesses and testimonies: Mr. Anthony J. O'Donnell

Commissioner, Maryland Public Service Commission
Chair, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners


Mr. Chuck Smith

Councilmember, Aiken County, South Carolina
On behalf of Energy Communities Alliance


Mr. David G. Victor

Chairman, San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, Community Engagement Panel
Professor, UC San Diego School of Global Policy & Strategy


Dr. Edwin Lyman

Senior Scientist, Global Security Program
Union of Concerned Scientists


Ms. Katie Tubb

Policy Analyst, Institute for Economic Freedom
The Heritage Foundation