Commerce Committee Announces Witnesses for Spent Nuclear Fuel Transportation Safety Hearing

September 24, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation announces the witnesses for the Full Committee hearing on The Safety and Security of Spent Nuclear Fuel Transportation, scheduled for September 24, 2008, at 2:00 p.m.

The hearing will examine the safety and security challenges relating to the transportation of nuclear waste, including the potential transportation of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste to the proposed Yucca Mountain repository. The hearing will review the current regulatory structure for the shipping and transport of nuclear waste, as well as any concerns regarding the impact of increased nuclear waste transportation.
The Safety and Security of Spent Nuclear Fuel Transportation
Full Committee
Date:  Wednesday, September 24, 2008 
Time:  2:00 p.m.
Location:  Room 253, Russell Senate Office Building
The Honorable Harry Reid,
U.S. Senator, Nevada

The Honorable John Ensign,
U.S. Senator, Nevada
Panel I
The Honorable Ward Sproat
, Director, Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management, U.S. Department of Energy
Mr. Michael Weber
, Director, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Mr. Ed Pritchard,
Director, Office of Safety Assurance and Compliance, Federal Railroad Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation

Mr. Ted Willke,
Associate Administrator for Hazardous Material Safety, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation
Panel II
Mr. Ken Cook, President, Environmental Working Group
Dr. Kevin Crowley,
Senior Board Director, Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board, National Academy of Sciences

Dr. James D. Ballard,
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, California State University

Mr. Ed Hamberger,
President and CEO, Association of American Railroads