Yucca Mountain - Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

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Yucca Mountain: The Administration’s Impact on U.S. Nuclear Waste Management Policy

Report by the Majority Staff of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee June 2011

SST Committee Yucca Mountain Majority Staff Report

Authority and Jurisdiction Pursuant to Rule X of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Committee has jurisdiction over the following areas pertinent to civilian radioactive waste management, and Yucca Mountain in particular: All energy research, development, and demonstration therefor, and all federally owned or operated nonmilitary energy laboratories; environmental research and development; commercial application of energy technology; and scientific research, development, and demonstration, and project therefor. 1 Rule X also tasks the Committee with a special oversight function to review and study on a continuing basis laws, programs, and Government activities relating to nonmilitary research and development.2 Additionally, Rule XI allows the Committee to conduct at any time such investigations and studies as it considers necessary or appropriate in the exercise of its responsibilities under Rule X. 3 Since the passage of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 in the 97th Congress, the Committee has actively engaged in the scientific evaluation of nuclear waste repository site selection and evaluation through oversight hearings and legislative activity. 4

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Note: The Committee has general oversight responsibilities in order to assist the House in – (1) its analysis, appraisal, and evaluation of – (A) the application, administration, execution, and effectiveness of Federal laws; and (B) conditions and circumstances that may indicated the necessity or desirability of enacting new or additional legislation; and (C) its formulation , consideration, and enactment of changes in Federal laws, and of such additional legislation as may be necessary or appropriate. In order to determine whether laws and programs within the jurisdiction of the Committee are being implemented and carried out in accordance with the intent of Congress and whether they should be continued, curtailed, or eliminated, the Committee is tasked with reviewing and studying on a continuing basis – (A) the application, administration, execution , and effectiveness of laws and programs addressing subjects within its jurisdiction; (B) the organization and operation of Federal agencies and entities having responsibilities for the administration and execution of laws and programs addressing subjects within its jurisdiction. (C) Any conditions or circumstances that may indicate the necessity or desirability of enacting new or additional legislation addressing subjects within its jurisdiction (whether or not a bill or resolution has been introduced with respect thereto) 2 Rule X, Rules of the House of Representatives, 112th Congress, January 5, 2011. Available at: http://rules.house.gov/Media/file/PDF_112_1/legislativetext/112th%20Rules%20Pamphlet.pdf 3 Rule XI, Rules of the House of Representatives, 112th Congress, January 5, 2011. Available at: http://rules.house.gov/Media/file/PDF_112_1/legislativetext/112th%20Rules%20Pamphlet.pdf 4 See Appendix B.

SST Committee Yucca Mountain Majority Staff Report

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Over the course of the last two and a half years, Committee Republicans have reviewed in depth Administration actions associated with the Yucca Mountain Project and disposal of the Nation‘s spent nuclear fuel and high level radioactive waste. Focusing in particular on the scientific and technical information and processes associated with key policy decisions, the Committee‘s effort included numerous letters to Administration officials, extensive questioning at Committee hearings, and acquisition and review of thousands of pages of internal documents. This report details the results of our review of the Administration‘s actions related to Yucca Mountain in the context of promises and specific gu