TEXAS GOVERNOR VETOES SB 1804 DUE TO UNRELATED AMENDMENT SEEKING TO DELAY INCREASE IN FACILITY SURCHARGES AND FEES PAID BY WCS

On June 5, 2019, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) vetoed a widely supported domestic violence bill due to the inclusion of a late amendment related to radioactive waste disposal. Abbott called the measure, Senate Bill (SB) 1804, a “laudable effort” that lost his support when “someone slipped in an ill-considered giveaway to a radioactive waste disposal facility.”…

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DOE ASSISTANT SECRETARY ANNE WHITE RESIGNS

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Mark Gilbertson Reassigned According to local news reports, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management (EM) Anne White has submitted her resignation.  White’s resignation, which is reportedly detailed in a department announcement signed off with the names of Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and the Deputy Secretary of…

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NCRP RELEASES GUIDANCE FOR RADIATION PROTECTION IN THE UNITED STATES

On February 4, 2019, the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) announced the newest guidance for radiation protection in the United States with the publication of Report No. 180 titled, Management of Exposure to Ionizing Radiation: Radiation Protection Guidance for the United States (2018). The report is intended to serve as a tool…

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NRC COMMISSIONER BURNS ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE

Plans to Leave When Term Ends on June 30, 2019 On January 28, 2019, Commissioner Stephen Burns told U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff earlier that he will leave the Commission when his term expires on June 30, 2019. Burns announcement came during the annual NRC all-employee meeting. Overview The NRC Commission operates as a…

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TEXAS COMPACT FACILITY LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT REPORT RELEASED

On December 1, 2018, the Joint Compact Facility Legislative Oversight Committee (Joint Committee) submitted its report on the Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact (Texas Compact) facility to the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Economic Development and the House Committee on Environmental Regulation.   The Joint Committee was established pursuant to House Bill (HB) 2662,…

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