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Helium Reserve Committee



The Impact of Selling the Federal Helium Reserve

Released 2000

The Helium Privatization Act of 1996 directed the Department of the Interior to begin liquidating the U.S. Federal Helium Reserve by 2005 in a manner consistent with "minimum market disruption" and at a price given by a formula specified in the act. It also mandates that the Department of the Interior "enter into appropriate arrangements with the National Academy of Science to study and report on whether such disposal of helium reserves will have a substantial adverse effect on U.S. scientific, technical, biomedical, or national security interests." This book is the product of that mandate. The committee has examined the helium market and the helium industry as a whole to determine how helium users would be affected by the sale of the helium reserve.

Committee Members and NRC Staff


John David Reppy, Co-chair, Cornell University
Robert Ray Beebe, Co-chair, Consultant, Tucson, AZ
Allen Marshall Goldman, University of Minnesota
Herbert R. Lander, Boeing/Rocketdyne
Molly K. Macauley, Resources for the Future
Mark A. Miller, University of Texas at Austin
Adam Z. Rose, Pennsylvania State University
Tom A. Siewert, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Robert M. Weisskoff, Massachusetts General Hospital NMR Center

NRC Staff

Donald C. Shapero, Director, BPA
Kevin Aylesworth, BPA Program Officer
Dan Morgan, NMAB Senior Program Officer


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