Newspaper article Roll Call

White House Asks for Energy Add Ons in Continuing Resolution

Newspaper article Roll Call

White House Asks for Energy Add Ons in Continuing Resolution

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The administration is asking Congress to add money for uranium enrichment decommissioning and cleanup at a nuclear waste facility in a continuing resolution expected to be passed in coming days.

Based on a request from the Office of Management and Budget, the White House is seeking $8 million for the expected 10 week period of the CR for recovery efforts at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico where radiation was released after an accident in February. The funding is about 40 percent of what would have been provided under the Senate's Energy and Water spending measure, which stalled in June.

Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., last month lauded $102 million in the stalled bill as "a good first step" for recovery funding, he said speaking at a town hall meeting with Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz in Carlsbad, N.M. "We're obviously going to need more," Udall said at the time.

The administration is also requesting spending at a rate of $664.7 million for the Department of Energy's uranium enrichment decontamination and decommissioning fund, citing lower prices for uranium, which the department has used in lieu of monetary payments for cleanup at legacy uranium enrichment sites. …

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