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By Wayne Powell

From: NEN, Vol. 6, No. 10, July 1999, pp. 20-21.
New Energy News (NEN) copyright 1999 by Fusion Information Center, Inc.
COPYING NOT ALLOWED without written permission.

Courtesy Wayne Powell

The following letter to INE-member Wayne Powell from U.S. Senator Conrad Burns represents a major event in INE's continuing efforts to present the truth of new-energy developments to DOE and to the Congress of the U.S. Special information has been previously sent to Senator Murkowski (Alaska), Chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and to committee staff leaders. A great deal of praise should go to Richard Shamp, member of the National Republican Committee, for his efforts in Washington, D.C. to educate selected elected and appointed officials on new-energy developments.

Dear Wayne:

Thank you for your recent letter on the nuclear waste dilemma facing the nation. I appreciate your thoughts.

I do sit on the Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee which oversees the Department of Energy, and I am aware of much of the research you cite. In fact, during our recent discussions on Yucca Mountain and the possibility of a nuclear waste repository at that site, I have had a number of conversations regarding the transmutation technology that you mention.

Following these discussions, it has been decided that we will be offering an amendment either in committee or on the floor that will create an office within the Department of Energy to administer the continued research and development of transmutation to use the energy potential and to reduce the harmfulness of nuclear wastes. Additionally, this amendment will aim to ensure that we look at the potential of the waste before permanently putting it in Yucca.

Thanks again for contacting me. Please don't hesitate to call or write with any other concerns you may have.

If you get an opportunity, please visit my web page at:



Conrad Burns United States Senator

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Aug. 25, 1999.