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Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Allison Macfarlane will be leaving her position on January 1 to become a professor of public policy at George Washington University where she will also direct its Center for International Science and Technology Policy.  In remarks delivered in Washington, D.C. this week Macfarlane discussed her tenure and offered her views on, among other topics, nuclear waste.  Excerpts from her address are below. 

21 Nov 2014

The Coalition for National Science Funding and the Coalition for National Security Research have issued separate letters to Members of Congress urging the passage of funding legislation providing the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense’s basic research program with budget increases in FY 2015.  It is uncertain if Members will be given an opportunity to vote on an omnibus appropriations bill with these increases before short term funding expires on December 11.

21 Nov 2014

The House of Representatives has passed by voice vote a bill calling for a National Academies’ study on low-dose radiation and for a research plan by the Department of Energy responding to this study.

On Monday, the House approved H.R. 5544, the Low-Dose Radiation Research Act of 2014, using a legislative mechanism reserved for the passage of noncontroversial bills.  The bill was introduced by Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), the chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.  Thirteen representatives from both parties cosponsored the bill.

19 Nov 2014