July 9, 2013

Dear Friends,

The U.S. House of Representatives today will begin taking up next year's energy appropriations bill, which was approved by a House committee before the recent recess.

We have just learned that conservative Republican Rep. Michael Burgess of Texas will introduce an amendment to strip $48 million in funding earmarked for the U.S. Enrichment Corporation (USEC). This money would keep this failing company alive for a few more months while it seeks still more taxpayer bailouts. This amendment needs our active support.

USEC recently closed its only remaining operating facility, its uranium enrichment plant at Paducah, Kentucky. But the company still has dreams of building a new, unnecessary and costly uranium enrichment plant in Ohio--using taxpayer grants and loans, of course. Taxpayers already have provided more money to USEC than the entire company is worth.

Here is a link to a new factsheet by our friends at Taxpayers for Common Sense on USEC and their continued reliance on our money.

The Burgess Amendment could reach the floor as early as tonight. Please contact your Representative now and ask him/her to support the Burgess amendment to cut $48 million currently earmarked for USEC. You can send an e-mail here, but we also encourage you to call your Representative's office with that simple message. Your Representative's phone number will appear when you fill out the brief information to send your e-mail.

We apologize for the short notice, but this amendment was only confirmed after 11 am this morning. A similar amendment last year was co-sponsored by Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) but he was elected to the Senate a couple weeks ago, and a Democratic co-sponsor was not lined up in time. However, we expect this amendment to achieve bipartisan support.

It is possible that there will be other important amendments offered to this bill later today or tomorrow. We have heard rumors about amendments to cut funding for small modular reactor development and for nuclear R&D in general. If any of these possible amendments are actually offered we will let you know as early as possible.

Please act now, please help us spread the word as far as possible today.

As always, thank you for your activism, thank you for your much-needed financial support. You can make a tax-deductible donation here.

Thanks for all you do,

Michael Mariotte
Executive Director
Nuclear Information and Resource Service