Senate approves nuclear reform study

Posted at: 12/05/2012 12:11 PM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Senate has approved a proposal that calls for a study of ways to reform oversight of the nation's nuclear facilities.

The proposal, by Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., is an amendment to the Senate's defense authorization bill. It would create an advisory panel to recommend ways to reform the National Nuclear Security Administration.

In a statement, Udall said he sponsored the proposal "in light of major management issues, cost overruns and security breaches in recent years."

He says the "the NNSA has been plagued with problems that have impacted the scientific and stockpile stewardship work being done at Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories, as well as the security and safety of the workers there."

The proposal is not part of the House authorization bill and would have to be added in conference committee negotiations to become law.

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