ANS Submits Testimony for the Record for FY 2021 Energy Programs to Energy and Water Appropriators

Each year ANS provides testimony on Department of Energy (DOE) programs to the House and Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittees for the upcoming fiscal year. The testimony looks to further advance nuclear-related funding levels and nuclear-related policy issues. For more information on the federal budget process click here.

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ANS Nuclear Waste Policy Task Force

ANS formed the Nuclear Waste Policy Task Force in 2019 to interact with policymakers, government representatives, and the public on spent fuel and high-level radioactive waste management issues.

The issue of nuclear waste policy is of paramount importance for the nuclear technology community. Effective radioactive waste management is necessary to allow for the application of nuclear technology. In particular, this refers to restricting the development of advanced reactors which would provide reliable, carbon-free energy if the waste issue is not sufficiently addressed.

In June 2019, ANS Nuclear Waste Policy Task Force Chair Steve Nesbit provided testimony for a hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The purpose of the hearing was to examine options for the interim and long-term storage of nuclear waste and to consider S.1234, the Nuclear Waste Administration Act of 2019.


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Proposal for Progress on Nuclear Waste Management


ANS Nuclear Waste Policy Task Force Roster:

  • Steve Nesbit, Chair
  • Lake Barrett
  • Paul Dickman
  • Mark Peters
  • Brett Rampal
  • Craig Piercy
  • John Kessler
  • Rodney McCullum
  • Kevin Connolly
  • John Starkey

ANS Special Committee on Advanced Reactor Policy

The Special Committee on Advanced Reactor Policy (SCARP) was organized in 2018 by then ANS President John Kelly to survey existing advanced reactor-related legislation and policy proposals in order to develop integrated policy-related recommendations. In examining current federal policies in law, regulation, public pronouncement and practice, the Special Committee developed an eight-page report aimed at accelerating the deployment of advanced reactors in the U.S. and abroad that best represent the consensus position of the U.S. nuclear community.

The Special Committee knows that it is essential for the federal government, specifically the U.S. Department of Energy, to actively support accelerated development of the advanced reactor standards by standards development organizations (SDOs) that the U.S. NRC would incorporate into its regulatory policies, guidelines, and activities so as to not delay or complicate the timely licensing of the first generation of advanced reactor.

It is the Committee’s hope that the NRC, DOE, and SDO community review the report and implement its recommendations when moving forward with advanced reactor standards development and policies related to advanced reactor deployment. The Special Report was officially introduced at the ANS Winter Meeting in November 2019.


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Setting the Right Bar: How Consensus Standards Help Advanced Reactor Development


ANS Special Committee on Advanced Reactor Policy Roster:

  • Marvin Fertel, Chair
  • Art Wharton, Vice Chair
  • Steven Arndt
  • Robert Budnitz
  • Daniel Carleton
  • Michael Corradini
  • George Flanagan
  • Steve Nesbit
  • Craig Piercy
  • Piyush Sabharwall
  • Mike Tschiltz
  • Patrick White

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Low-dose Radiation: What is the Science Telling Us?

ANS members can re-watch the September 2019 webinar which examines the health effects and polarizing questions surrounding the topic of low-dose radiation.

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Watch Online: Federal Policy Landscape for Nuclear Energy

ANS members can re-watch the November 2019 webinar discussion on the political landscape of nuclear as we near the 2020 fall election season. Topics covered range from interacting with the green community on nuclear, low-dose radiation, and a breakdown of current federal nuclear legislation.

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The ANS Nuclear Policy Wire provides members with up to date information on the ever-changing federal nuclear policy landscape.

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The ANS Nuclear Policy Wire also produces the Nuclear All-Stars series! Where we interview some of nuclear’s biggest advocates in Congress to chat about upcoming legislation and why nuclear is important to them.

Last modified April 16, 2020, 3:38pm CDT