Democratic News

  • On Tuesday, Nov. 13, the full committee will receive testimony on the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977: Policy Issues 30 Years Later.  Witnesses include Brent Wahlquist, Office of Surface Mining, Department of the Interior; Joanna Prukop, secretary, Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources, State of New Mexico; Gregory Conrad, Interstate Mining Compact Commission; Arvin Trujillo, Navajo Nation; Hal Quinn,  National Mining Association;  Cindy Rank, West Virginia Highlands Conservancy and West Virginia Headwaters Waterkeeper; and Bill Banig, United Mine Workers of America.  (Dirksen 366 at 2:30 p.m.)
  • On Wednesday, Nov. 14, the full committee will receive testimony on the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership as it relates to U.S. policy on nuclear fuel management.  Witnesses include Dennis Spurgeon, assistant secretary for Nuclear Energy, Department of Energy; Dr. Peter Orszag, director, Congressional Budget Office; Dr. Terry Wallace, Los Alamos National Laboratory; Dr. Neil Todreas, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Matthew Bunn, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University; and Seshadri Pattabi, The Boston Consulting Group.  (Dirksen 366 at 10:00 a.m.)
  • On Thursday, Nov. 15, the full committee will receive testimony on S. 2203, a bill to reauthorize the Uranium Enrichment Decontamination and Decommissioning Fund.  Witnesses include Jim Rispoli, assistant secretary for environmental management, Department of Energy; Robin Nazzaro, director, Natural Resources and Environment, GAO; Marv Fertel, Nuclear Energy Institute; Wesley Warren, Natural Resources Defense Council; and John Longenecker, Longenecker Associates.  (Dirksen 366 at 10:00 a.m.)
Weekly Bonus …
Congratulations to the thousands of hard-working, dedicated and skilled employees of the U.S. Department of Energy, which recently celebrated its 30thanniversary.  Chairman Bingaman (and those of us who work for him) appreciate all that these Federal employees and contractors have done over the past three decades to advance the energy security, economic well-being and national defense of our nation.
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