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Unuted States. Congress.

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Atomic Energy

PROPOSED CHANGES IN BASIS FOR COOPERATIVE

ARRANGEMENT FOR THE LMFBR

HEARINGS

BEFORE THE

JOINT COMMITTEE ON ATOMIC ENERGY

CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES

NINETY-THIRD CONGRESS

FIRST SESSION

TO CONSIDER PROPOSED CHANGES IN THE BASIS FOR THE
COOPERATIVE ARRANGEMENT FOR THE DESIGN, CONSTRUC-
TION, AND OPERATION OF THE LIQUID METAL FAST BREEDER

REACTOR DEMONSTRATION PLANT

FEBRUARY 28 AND MAY 4, 1973

Printed for the use of the Joint Committee on Atomic Energy

U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

WASHINGTON : 1973

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MELVIN PRICE, Illinois, Chairman

JOHN 0. PASTORE, Rhode Island, Vice Chairman CHET HOLIFIELD, California

HENRY M. JACKSON, Washington JOHN YOUNG, Texas

STUART SYMINGTON, Missouri TENO RONCALIO, Wyoming

ALAN BIBLE, Nevada MIKE MCCORMACK, Washington

JOSEPH M. MONTOYA, New Mexico CRAIG HOSMER, California

GEORGE D. AIKEN, Vermont JOHN B. ANDERSON, Illinois

WALLACE F. BENNETT, Utah ORVAL HANSEN, Idaho

PETER H. DOMINICK, Colorado MANUEL LUJAN, JR., New Mexico

HOWARD H. BAKER, JR., Tennessee
EDWARD J. BAUSER, Executive Director
GEORGE F. MURPHY, Jr., Deputy Director

JAMES B. GRAHAM, Assistant Director
JACK BRIDGES, Technical Director-Energy Resources
Col. SEYMOUR SHWILLER, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), Technical Consultant

PETER A. BERNARD, Special Counsel
J. B. LA GRONE, Congressional Fellow

THOMAS E. MELLOY, GAO Consultant
CHRISTOPHER C. O'MALLEY, Printing Editor

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'ROPOSED CHANGES IN THE BASIS FOR COOPERATIVE ARRANGEMENT FOR THE LMFBR DEMONSTRATION PLANT

FOREWORD

The cooperative arrangement for the Nation's first liquid metal ast breeder reactor (LMFBR) demonstration plant was authorized nder Section 106 of Public Law 91-273, as amended by Public Law 2-84. Among other things, that legislation requires that the basis 1or the arrangement or any amendment thereto be submitted to the Joint Committee on Atomic Energy for a period of 45 days, unless a waiver is granted by the Joint Committee. This document includes the record of the public hearings held on February 28 and May 4, 1973 by the Joint Committee to consider proposed changes in the basis for the cooperative arrangement for the design, construction, and operation of the LMFBR demonstration plant.

BACKGROUND

The basis of the original cooperative arrangement had been approved by the Joint Committee after its submission by the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) and three days of public hearings held in September 1972. The text of those hearings was published as a Joint Committee print and the considerations and recommendations of the committee approving the original arrangement are set out in the introduction of that document.1

On January 26, 1973, the AEC informed the committee that, in the process of negotiating the definitive contracts for the arrangement, the parties had agreed upon several changes in the basic principles which had been presented to the committee and which were not contemplated by the original Memorandum of Understanding among the parties. The AEC indicated that it was submitting the basis for these amendments to the Joint Committee in accordance with the applicable provisions of the pertinent authorization act.

The principal features of the revised arrangement were described in the AEC's revised program justification data arrangement No. 72– 106 and amendment No. 1 to the Memorandum of Understanding among the AEC, Commonwealth Edison Company (CE), Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Project Management Corporation (PMC), and Breeder Reactor Corporation (BRC). The details of the proposed arrangement were set out in unexecuted definitive contracts among the various parties.

According to the AEC, the proposed arrangement, among other things, contemplated a “partnership” approach under which PMC, with AEC officials eventually participating on its Board of Directors, would be authorized to manage the project without the need for PMC

* Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor (LMFBR) Demonstration Plant, hearings before the Joint Committee on Atomic Energy, Sept. 7, 8, and 12, 1972.

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