Regulations on civilian nuke exports draw GOP scrutiny

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Led by Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.), seven Republicans on the committee sent a letter Tuesday to outgoing Energy Secretary Steven Chu, requesting information about the forthcoming rules and the review process for export licenses through the National Nuclear Security Administration.

“We seek to examine how current policies and Administration efforts affect opportunities for enhancing or expanding U.S. manufacturing and competitiveness, both for strengthening domestic job growth and for the benefit of U.S. influence over international nuclear safety and nuclear security,” the lawmakers wrote.

In the letter, the group posed a series of questions on the matter and requested answers by April 12.

Also signing the letter were committee Vice Chairwoman Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Chairman Emeritus Joe Barton (R-Texas), Oversight and Investigations subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), subcommittee Vice Chairman Michael Burgess (R-Texas), Energy and Power subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) and Environment and the Economy subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-Ill.).