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Public Law
: Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2004
: 108-137
Session: 108th Congress (First Session)

The following are excerpts, highlighted in red, from the final legislation and/or conference report which contain mentions of the National Academies, including studies. (Pound signs [##] between passages denote the deletion of unrelated text.)

HR 2754 Hobson (R.-Ohio) 11/18/03
Enrolled (finally passed both houses)

An original bill making appropriations for energy and water development for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2004, and for other purposes.
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TITLE I

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE—CIVIL

DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY

CORPS OF ENGINEERS—CIVIL

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Provided further, That in addition, the Secretary shall give consideration to the findings and recommendations of the National Academy of Sciences report on the introduction of non-native oyster species into the Chesapeake Bay in the preparation of the environmental impact statement:

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HRpt 108-357 - To accompnay H.R. 2754 - MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2004, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
Conference Committee
(11/7/03)
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CONSTRUCTION, GENERAL

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Provided further, That in addition, the Secretary shall give consideration to the findings and recommendations of the National Academy of Sciences report on the introduction of non-native oyster species into the Chesapeake Bay in the preparation of the environmental impact statement:

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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

The conference agreement includes $618,800,000 as proposed by the House and the Senate, to be offset by revenues of $538,844,000, for a net appropriation of $79,956,000. This reflects the statutory language adopted by the conference in fiscal year 2001 to reduce the fee recovery requirement to 92 percent in fiscal year 2004.

The conferees direct the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to contract with the National Academy of Sciences for a study of spent nuclear fuel storage at commercial reactor sites. The study should assess (1) potential safety and security risks of spent nuclear fuel presently stored in cooling pools, including the density of such storage; (2) safety and security advantages, if any, of dry cask storage versus wet pool storage at reactor sites; and (3) potential safety and security advantages, if any, of dry cask storage using various single-, dual-, and multi-purpose cask designs. In light of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, this study should explicitly consider the risks of terrorist attacks on these materials and the risk these materials might be used to construct a radiological dispersal device. The National Academy of Sciences should deliver a classified report to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations no later than six months after funding is provided to undertake this study and an unclassified summary as soon as practicable thereafter.

From within funds made available to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the conferees direct the Commission to transfer $1,000,000 to the National Academy of Sciences to undertake this study. The conferees expect the Commission to execute this transfer within 30 days of enactment of this Act. This study should be conducted in coordination with the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy. The conferees expect the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Energy to make available to the National Academy of Sciences the information it needs to complete this study in a timely manner. Further, the Department of Homeland Security is expected to contribute funding to this National Academy of Sciences study to meet its requirement for a separate analysis of the safety and security of spent nuclear fuel storage at commercial nuclear power plants.

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