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Virtual tours, online DOE procurement meetings won’t go away altogether
PHOENIX —Born of necessity during the pandemic, the virtual tours and online meetings held for Department of Energy nuclear cleanup work have proven popular and probably won’t go away soon, even as the impact of COVID-19 fades, officials said here last week. Like other organizations, the DOE’s Cincinnati-based Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center is taking a hybrid tack toward stakeholder engagement going forward, Aaron Deckard, procurement director for the office, told a session of the Waste Management Conference here Tuesday. It is “an item we have been wrestling with,” Deckard said. “As we moved out of the pandemic period, what does that [engagement] look like,” he added. Members of the…
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Decade or more til federal interim storage consent; 'reevaluation' of link between permanent, interim storage might be good, DOE official tells senators
WASHINGTON — It will still be another decade or so before the Department of Energy identifies a willing host community for a federal interim storage site for spent nuclear fuel, a senior official said here. “We probably won’t have constructed…
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Biden Budget Request Boosts NNSA Topline to Nearly $24 Billion
The Biden Administration’s fiscal 2024 budget requests $23.8 billion for the National Nuclear Security Administration, an increase of about $1.5 billion from the current fiscal year.  Released Thursday, the president’s budget request aims to “make historic investments in the nation’s…
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