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March 3, 2010
Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future to Hold First Meeting

Washington, D.C. - On Thursday, March 25th and Friday, March 26th, the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future, co-chaired by former Congressman Lee Hamilton and former National Security Advisor General Brent Scowcroft, will hold its first meeting in Washington, D.C.

March 2, 2010
Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future Charter

The Secretary of Energy, acting at the direction of the President, is establishing the Commission to conduct a comprehensive review of policies for managing the back end of the nuclear fuel cycle, including all alternatives for the storage, processing, and disposal of civilian and defense used nuclear fuel, high-level waste, and materials derived from nuclear activities.  Specifically, the Commission will provide advice, evaluate alternatives, and make recommendations for a new plan to address these issues, including:

February 17, 2010
Deputy Secretary Poneman Addresses Nuclear Deterrence Summit

Alexandria, VA - U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman today addressed the opening session of the second annual Nuclear Deterrence Summit and discussed the Department of Energy's commitment to helping achieve the President's goals of reducing nuclear dangers and expanding the use of nuclear energy in a manner that minimizes the risks of proliferation. 

The Deputy Secretary also spoke about the Department's commitment to management excellence.

February 16, 2010
Obama Administration Announces Loan Guarantees to Construct New Nuclear Power Reactors in Georgia

President Obama today announced that the Department of Energy has offered conditional commitments for a total of $8.33 billion in loan guarantees for the construction and operation of two new nuclear reactors at a plant in Burke, Georgia.

January 29, 2010
Secretary Chu Announces Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future

The Commission, led by Lee Hamilton and Brent Scowcroft, will provide recommendations on managing used fuel and nuclear waste

December 15, 2009
International Working Group Meeting Focuses on Nuclear Power Infrastructure Development and Financing of New Nuclear Projects

The multi-nation Infrastructure Development Working Group (IDWG) held its fifth meeting and also a workshop on the financing of international nuclear power projects in Vienna, Austria, on December 9-10, 2009.

November 16, 2009
Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Program's TRISO Particle Fuel Sets A New World Record For Irradiation Performance

As part of the Office of Nuclear Energy's Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) Program, the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) Fuel Development Program has achieved a new international record for irradiation testing of next-generation particle fuel for use in high temperature gas reactors (HTGRs).

November 12, 2009
Secretary Chu Announces Determination of No Adverse Material Impact for Uranium Transfer to Fund Portsmouth Cleanup

Secretary Chu announced today that the Department of Energy has issued a final determination and market impact study for the proposed uranium transfer to fund accelerated cleanup activities at the Portsmouth Site in Piketon, Ohio, which will create between 800 to 1,000 new jobs for the community.

October 9, 2009
Department of Energy Issues Request for Pre-Applications to U.S. Universities for Nuclear Energy Research and Development Proposals

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced a new Request for Pre-Applications for universities interested in conducting cutting-edge nuclear energy research and development (R&D).

September 30, 2009
United States and Italy Sign Nuclear Energy Agreements

U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and Italian Minister for Economic Development Claudio Scajola today signed two important nuclear energy agreements.