Lawmakers press for government probe of nuclear export regs


New rules could have major implications for U.S. nuclear-related commerce.

“In particular, we are examining how current policies and Administration efforts affect opportunities for enhancing and expanding U.S. manufacturing and competitiveness,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro.

“With 63 new reactors under construction and 322 operating worldwide,” they continued, “there is substantial economic opportunity for U.S. companies and workers.”

In particular, Upton, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Murphy, who leads the panel’s subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, want information about the administration’s policy for authorizing exports.

Companies wishing to sell materials, engineering services, components and technical data must receive authorizations and licenses. The lawmakers are requesting that GAO look into the criteria used to make those decisions, how quickly they are made and the extent to which they are rejected.