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H.R. 2389 (115th): To reauthorize the West Valley demonstration project, and for other purposes.

The text of the bill below is as of May 4, 2017 (Introduced).

Summary of this bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 2389 authorizes appropriations for ongoing cleanup activities at the West Valley Demonstration Project, a nuclear waste remediation site in New York. The bill also would require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to report to the Congress on options for disposing of the site’s radioactive waste.

The Department of Energy (DOE) is responsible for remediating sites contaminated with radioactive waste and other environmental hazards stemming from federal activities related to the production of nuclear weapons and nuclear energy research.



1st Session

H. R. 2389


May 4, 2017

(for himself, Mr. Nadler, Mr. Higgins of New York, and Ms. Slaughter) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


To reauthorize the West Valley demonstration project, and for other purposes.


West Valley demonstration project


Authorization of appropriations

Section 3 of the West Valley Demonstration Project Act (Public Law 96–368; 42 U.S.C. 2021a note) is amended by striking $5,000,000 for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1981 and inserting $75,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2026.


Treatment of waste

All radioactive waste at the high level radioactive waste management demonstration project at the Western New York Service Center in West Valley, New York, carried out under the West Valley Demonstration Project Act shall be considered to be waste resulting from atomic energy defense activities, as defined in section 2 of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 (42 U.S.C. 10101).