Heinrich Questions Energy Secretary On Proposed Cuts For LANL Cleanup, Safety Oversight Of Defense Nuclear Facilities

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich questions Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette today in Washington, D.C. on a $100 million reduction in funding for the ongoing cleanup and environmental management efforts at LANL. Courtesy photo
DOE Secretary Brouillette responds to questions today from U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich. Courtesy photo

Scene of Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee hearing today in Washington. Courtesy photo

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — During a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing today to examine President Trump’s budget request for the Department of Energy for Fiscal Year 2021, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette on a $100 million reduction in funding for the ongoing cleanup and environmental management efforts at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

VIDEO: Heinrich Questions Energy Secretary On Proposed Budget Cuts For LANL Cleanup

Sen. Heinrich also questioned Secretary Brouillette on the Department of Energy’s new Order 140.1, which limited the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board’s (DNFSB) statutory authority for oversight of health and safety at defense nuclear facilities, including Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

Last year, Sen. Heinrich secured provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act that reversed key parts of the order and directed the Department of Energy to allow the onsite safety inspectors from DNFSB full access to all nuclear facilities at the labs and WIPP, and reinforces the board’s role protecting both the general public as well as onsite employees and contractors.

Congress created the DNFSB in 1988 to provide oversight of public health and safety at the defense nuclear facilities managed by the Department of Energy.

VIDEO: Heinrich Questions Energy Secretary On Safety Oversight of Defense Nuclear Facilities

Testimony and the entire webcast of today’s hearing will be available here.

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