Clean Coal Technologies, Coal, Nuclear

House Appropriations funds nuclear, clean coal, university projects

22 May 2006 — The House Appropriations Committee approved a fiscal year 2007 spending bill on May 17 that fully funds the Yucca Mountain repository, provides $27 million for the Department of Energy’s university research program and $558 million in fossil fuel R&D programs, with an emphasis on clean coal initiatives.

The bill provides $24.373 billion for the Department of Energy, $327 million above the fiscal year 2006 level and $299 million above the request. Following is a summary of the appropriations:

The bill fully funds the American Competitiveness Initiative which would strengthen basic research by increasing funding for the DOE Office of Science, for a total of $4.132 billion. In addition, the bill supports the Advanced Energy Initiative by increasing funding for a variety of clean energy technologies, including biomass, hydrogen, solar, wind, and clean coal.

The bill provides $150 million for the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP), the administration’s initiative on recycling spent nuclear fuel, $96 million below the request but at the level authorized in the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

Energy Supply and Conservation programs are funded at $2.0 billion, $102 million above FY06. The bill restores reductions in other essential energy programs, such as support for university nuclear energy education (funded at $27 million) and weatherization assistance (restoring $78 million cut for a total of $242.5 million).

Fossil Energy research and development programs are funded at $558 million, an increase of $88.5 over the request, to include $54 million for FutureGen, and $36.4 million for the Clean Coal Power Initiative.

The Bill funds the Yucca Mountain repository at $544.5 million. This includes $156.4 million for Nuclear Waste Disposal and $388 million for Defense Nuclear Waste Disposal. In addition, the Committee provides another $30 million for interim storage of spent fuel, subject to authorization.

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), which includes the nuclear weapons program, defense nuclear nonproliferation, naval reactors and the Office of the Administrator, is funded at $9.2 billion, an increase of $95 million over last year and $116 million below the President’s request.

Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation activities are funded at $1.6 billion, $22 million below FY06 and $133 million below the request. The bill provides $105 million for container screening at foreign ports, $65 million above the request. Weapons activities are funded at $6.4 billion, $42 million above FY06 and $4 million above the request. Within the Weapons Activities account, the bill targets $140 million for weapons complex reform and consolidation activities.

Defense Environmental Cleanup programs are funded at $5.55 billion, an increase of $161.5 million over the request. The Chairman’s mark provides $600 million for the Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant. Non-defense Environmental Cleanup activities are funded at $309.9 million, a decrease of $0.4 million below the request.

The Power Marketing Administrations are funded at $252 million, $18 million below last year and the same as the request.

The Denali Commission total funding is $7.5 million. Appalachian Regional Commission is reduced by $30 million, total funding is $35.5 million The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is funded at $808.4 million, an increase of $40 million to provide for the anticipated growth in reactor license applications.

The bill terminates the following programs:
• State energy program grants: $49.5 million
• Geothermal R&D technology: $23 million
• Natural gas R&D technologies: $20 million
• Construction of the Mixed Oxide Fuel Plant and the Pit Disassembly and Conversion Facility at the Savannah Site: $368 million
• The bill reduces total earmarks by $200 million, or 16 percent, compared to last year’s House bill.