In January, 2012, Rep. Markey expressed his opposition to the continued support of the floundering United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC), following steps by the Department of Energy to free up $44 million for USEC to keep itself afloat.
Rep. Markey, in a letter sent to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, cited the poor bond rating, significant problems with the technology, and concerns about USEC’s partnerships with Russia and their ties to the Iranian nuclear program as reasons that the facility may never reach full commercialization.
Timeline of Rep. Markey's work:
January 20, 2012: Rep. Markey’s letter to Secretary Chu
June 12, 2012: Rep. Markey letter to GAO regarding USEC
May 15, 2012: CRS report describing potential sources of tritium