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Title of Law:Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010
Law #:Public Law 111- 85
Passed by Congress:111th Congress (1st Session)

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

HRpt 111-278 - To accompany H.R. 3183 – Making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010, and for other purposes
Conference Committee
(09/30/09)
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ENERGY PROGRAMS

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY

The conference agreement provides $2,242,500,000 for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) programs, instead of $2,310,000,000 as proposed by the House and $2,233,967,000 as proposed by the Senate.

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Vehicle Technologies.—The conference agreement provides $311,365,000 for Vehicle Technologies.

The conference agreement does not include $40,000,000 for hydrogen transportation systems in the Vehicle Technologies program, as proposed by the House.

Within available funds, $2,200,000 is provided to the vehicles program for the Department to contract with the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a comprehensive analysis of energy use within the light-duty vehicle transportation sector, and use the analysis to conduct an integrated study of the technology and fuel options that could reduce petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

The conferees provide up to $7,500,000 for coordination with the Biomass program to expand and accelerate testing of intermediate fuel blends of ethanol and gasoline, as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement does not include a study on the variety and density of recharging infrastructure options, as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement includes $5,000,000 for natural gas vehicle research and development.

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DIRECTED STOCKPILE WORK

The conference agreement provides $1,505,859,000 for Directed Stockpile Work.

Life Extension Programs.—The conference agreement provides $223,196,000 for Life Extension Program activities, all of which is provided for W76 Life Extension program.

Stockpile Systems.—The conference agreement provides $357,800,000 for Stockpile Systems activities. Within these funds, the conference agreement provides $91,956,000 for the B61 bomb, including $32,500,000 for Phase 2/2A study of non-nuclear components for the proposed B61-12. No request was made for funds for Phase 2/2A study of the nuclear components of the B61-12, and the conference agreement provides that no funds may be obligated or expended for this purpose without prior approval by the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations.

The conference agreement directs the Nuclear Weapons Council in cooperation with the Secretary of Energy to, within 60 days of release of the Nuclear Posture Review, enter into an agreement with the National Academy of Sciences to execute a study addressing the national security and extended deterrence value of the B61 for both strategic and tactical purposes in light of nuclear terrorism risks and military threats. The conference agreement directs the Nuclear Weapons Council in cooperation with the Secretary of Energy to, within 90 days of release of the Nuclear Posture Review, commission a further study by the JASON Defense Advisory Group examining whether the planned B61-12 can be expected, without nuclear testing, to offer sufficient margin and other advantages as to constitute a long-term 21st Century weapon, or whether it is more likely to be an interim weapon leading to near-term replacement or retirement, and to recommend any additional research that may be needed to make an informed decision on this matter. The conference agreement directs the Secretary of Energy to submit each study to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations not later than 180 days after commissioning the study.

Weapons Dismantlement and Disposition.—The conference agreement provides $96,100,000 for Weapons Dismantlement and Disposition.

Stockpile Services.—The conference agreement provides $828,763,000 for Stockpile Services. Within these funds, the conference agreement provides $165,076,000 for Research and Development Certification and Safety, $183,223,000 for Management, Technology, and Production, and $141,909,000 for Plutonium Infrastructure Sustainment. The conference agreement provides that $22,000,000 is made available above the request to support experimental activities at the Nevada Test Site. The conferees support Senate language regarding the tritium mission.

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