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  • Simpson Promotes Nuclear Energy in House Hearing
    Posted in Press Releases on February 28, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    Idaho Congressman Questions Energy Secretary on Reductions in Nuclear Funding Read more

  • Simpson Holds Hearing on Department of Interior Budget Proposal
    Posted in Press Releases on February 16, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Agriculture, EPA and Environmental Policies, Endangered Species Act

    In subcommittee hearing, Simpson questions Salazar on PILT, the Department’s national sage-grouse conservation strategy, energy development, and wildland fire funding Read more

  • Co-Chairs of Nuclear Issues Working Group Issue Statement on Approval of Nuclear Reactor
    Posted in Press Releases on February 9, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    U.S. Representatives Jason Altmire (PA-04), Judy Biggert (IL-13), and Mike Simpson (ID-02), Co-Chairs of the House Nuclear Issues Working Group, today released the following statement on the announcement that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved the first new nuclear power plant permit in 30 years. The new permit will allow Southern Co. to construct two new nuclear reactors at its existing plant in Georgia. The NRC voted 4 to 1 in favor of the new permit to construct the two AP1000 r... Read more

  • House Funding Bill Supports Nuclear Energy
    Posted in Press Releases on June 2, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    Idaho Congressman says Energy Department funding bill allows progress to continue on nuclear energy research and development Read more

  • Simpson Blasts NRC Handling of Yucca Mountain
    Posted in Press Releases on June 1, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    Idaho Congressman testifies before House Committee about need for Yucca Mountain to move forward, calls for change at top of NRC Read more

  • Simpson Addresses Reactor Safety and Yucca Mountain
    Posted in Press Releases on March 31, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    “It doesn't take a doctorate in political science to recognize that this Administration's actions to close down Yucca Mountain are driven more by politics and a desire to please Nevada Senator Harry Reid than they are by science or what is best for taxpayers,” said Simpson. “Chairman Jazko is purposefully defying the will of Congress and acting unilaterally to waste billions of taxpayers dollars. It is very frustrating to me and to most Members of Congress that this type of manipulation is happening at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and we intend to make sure Chairman Jazko is held to account for his actions and that the requirements of federal law are fulfilled.” Read more

  • Nuclear Research Agreement Is Positive Step Forward
    Posted in Blog on January 27, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    I am writing to respond to the comments of former Governor Cecil Andrus and the Idaho Statesman’s editorial board regarding the recent agreement between the State of Idaho and the Department of Energy (DOE) over future shipments of very small quantities of spent nuclear fuel for research purposes. While I have a great deal of respect for the former Governor, I am disappointed in his opposition to this sensible agreement and even more disappointed that he is using outdated and unfounded arguments... Read more

  • Congressman Mike Simpson Lands Chairman of Interior Appropriations
    Posted in Press Releases on January 7, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Public Lands and Natural Resources, Healthcare, Energy

    As Chairman, Congressman Simpson will be tasked with reducing spending levels that have grown out of control in recent years under Democrat control. In particular, he has his eyes set on the EPA, which has seen exponential growth in its budget since President Obama came into office. “The EPA is the scariest agency in the federal government, an agency run amok,” Simpson said. “Its bloated budget has allowed it to drastically expand its regulatory authority in a way that is hurting our economy and pushing an unwelcomed government further into the lives of Idahoans. As Chairman of this subcommittee, I look forward to bringing some common sense to the EPA and some certainty for our nation’s job creators.” Read more

  • Simpson Advocates for Collaboration to Develop Nuclear Energy Plan for U.S. at Energy Summit
    Posted in Press Releases on December 7, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    During the summit, Simpson noted the importance of holding continued discussions on the future of nuclear energy. He said, “Nuclear energy must be a part of our energy future if we are going to truly address the issues of greenhouse gases and climate change. However, if we’re going to advance nuclear industry in this country, both government and industry need to know where we are and where we’re going.” Read more

  • Simpson Introduces Resolution Criticizing NRC Chairman’s Decision on Yucca Mt
    Posted in Press Releases on November 18, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    “Time and time again, Congress has supported Yucca Mountain as the only option for a long–term nuclear storage site, and it has repeatedly and overwhelmingly rejected attempts to shut down the program,” said Simpson. “The American taxpayer has spent over $8 billion studying Yucca Mountain and is liable for billions more for breach of contract. During a time of record budget deficits, it is unconscionable that the NRC Chairman and DOE would waste billions of dollars of taxpayer money with no return on the investment.” Read more