NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) and Representative John Ragan (R-Oak Ridge) are attending the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Nuclear Legislative Working Group (NLWG) this week. The three-day conference in Richland, Wash., home of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, ends on Thursday, June 29.
“It’s important that we understand how our state is affected by the ever-changing technology, permits, plans and regulatory concerns related to advanced nuclear technologies,” said Yager. “The knowledge we gain here gives us a better understanding of ways we can best serve our state and communities.”
“NCSL’s advocacy gives state legislatures a voice to reach the federal government. Conferences like this are crucial to collaboration and unity between states which ultimately guides NCSL policies,” said Ragan, the co-chair of the working group. “I am honored to represent Tennessee, especially as a member of the Oak Ridge community.”
The tours and activities of the conference are taking place at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, the B Reactor and the Hansford Site. The lab has been in operation for over 50 years, with a mission focusing on scientific research into cyber security, nuclear nonproliferation and reduced dependence on foreign oil and nuclear power.
With support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management and Office of Nuclear Energy, NLWG works to provide legislators with the opportunity to learn about the cleanup of federal nuclear weapons production and research facilities, the transportation and storage of radioactive wastes and nuclear energy issues that affect our nation and state.