A recent Senate committee hearing on management of used nuclear fuel could pave the way for more formal discussions about the issue in the next session of Congress, according to the Nuclear Energy Institute. The hearing addressed a waste-management bill introduced by Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., which seeks to implement the federal blue ribbon commission's recommendations. "I think there's more overlap between the two parties on energy policy than there was a decade ago, and I definitely think nuclear is part of that overlap," said Alex Flint, NEI's senior vice president of government affairs.

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