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  • 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Governor, I am disappointed in his opposition to this sensible agreement and even more disappointed that he is using outdated and unfounded arguments...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

  • Simpson, Hastings, Ryan urge OMB to Review NRC Action to Shut Down Yucca Mountain Application
    Posted in Press Releases on November 16, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    United States Congressmen Mike Simpson, Doc Hastings, and Paul Ryan sent a letter to Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Jeffrey Zients requesting a review of the decision taken by Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairman Gregory Jaczko to shut down the review of the Department of Energy’s application for Yucca Mountain. Chairman Jaczko acted unilaterally to discontinue the review of the Department of Energy’s application for Yucca Mountain and terminate the project. In their let... Read more

  • Simpson Criticizes NRC Chairman’s Decision on Yucca Mt
    Posted in Press Releases on October 21, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    “The NRC has long maintained a reputation as an independent, apolitical regulatory and oversight body,” said Simpson. “It is unthinkable that its leadership would choose to play partisan politics by shutting down the Yucca Mountain license application in an effort to help one candidate in his election.” Read more

  • Simpson Questions Department of Energy Officials on Yucca Mountain
    Posted in Press Releases on July 27, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    Simpson began his questioning by stating, “I honestly don’t believe that anybody within the Department of Energy or here (in the Committee) believes that a good decision was made by shutting down Yucca Mountain.” He would later add after the hearing, “The simple truth is a campaign promise made between Senator Reid (NV) and President Obama is what now dictates this county’s long-term nuclear waste storage policy. Without a doubt, this Administration has chosen politics over science, and it has already cost billions of taxpayer dollars. Sadly, we do not yet know, and cannot estimate, the amount of taxpayer dollars that will be wasted because of this decision.” Read more

  • House Appropriations Subcommittee approves INL Infrastructure, Cleanup Funds
    Posted in Press Releases on July 15, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson, a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water, today announced the inclusion of funding for the Idaho National Laboratory and the Idaho Cleanup Project as part of legislation funding the Department of Energy in Fiscal Year 2011. This legislation was approved today by the Subcommittee. This legislation provides $174 million for the new facilities and management at the Idaho National Laboratory, which is an increase of $11.5 million over the ... Read more

  • Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Rejects DOE’s Attempt to Withdraw Yucca Mountain License
    Posted in Press Releases on June 29, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    “I congratulate the Board for its commonsense finding,” said Simpson. “Congress has repeatedly shown its support for building a permanent nuclear repository at Yucca Mountain, and this decision is a first step to rejecting DOE’s misguided efforts to waste the billions of dollars and decades of work that have already been invested in the Yucca site.” Read more

    Posted in Press Releases on May 20, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    “I want to congratulate AREVA and the people of Eastern Idaho who have worked so hard to secure this loan guarantee and bring the Eagle Rock facility to our state,” said Simpson, a member of the House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee which funds the Department of Energy and the Loan Guarantee program. “Nuclear energy must play a strong role in our nation’s energy future and the Eagle Rock facility’s contribution to that future will be enormous.” Read more