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Nuclear Energy Progress Powers Up with New DOE Effort


WASHINGTON, DC – Emissions-free nuclear energy in the United States continues to make progress.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently launched the National Reactor Innovation Center (NRIC) to help advance nuclear innovation with the partnership of the national laboratories and private sector.  The authorization for NRIC comes from the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act, which was signed into law last Congress.

Additionally, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)  signed an historic agreement with Canada’s Nuclear Safety Commission to collaborate on advanced reactors and small modular reactor (SMR) technologies. Energy and Commerce Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) has consistently supported the growth of SMR technology, including that being developed by NuScale in Oregon.

This progress on nuclear energy by DOE is great news and a shared priority of Energy and Commerce Republicans:

  • We’ve passed legislation to modernize the regulatory approach to nuclear power, which was signed into law earlier this year.
  • Bill Flores (R-TX) and Jerry McNerny (D-CA) have introduced legislation to support advanced fuels for nuclear reactors, which passed the House last year and has bipartisan support this Congress.
  • John Shimkus (R-IL) has led the effort to find a solution to the country’s nuclear waste problem, introducing legislation to permanently store nuclear waste in Yucca Mountain, which passed the House last Congress but was not taken up in the Senate.

Why this matters: As Bill Gates said, “Nuclear is ideal for dealing with climate change, because it is the only carbon-free, scalable energy source that’s available 24 hours a day.” That’s why the Republican record on climate is centered on commonsense, bipartisan solutions like nuclear energy to address current and future climate risks while also bolstering America’s economy.

Perry presses ahead on advanced nuclear reactors

Houston Chronicle

By: James Osborne

Energy Secretary Rick Perry is advancing plans to shift the United States towards the next generation of nuclear reactors.

The Energy Department announced this week it has launched a new test facility at the Idaho National Laboratory where private companies can work on advanced nuclear technologies, to avoid the high costs and waste and safety concerns facing traditional nuclear power plants.

“[The National Reactor Innovation Center] will enable the demonstration and deployment of advanced reactors that will define the future of nuclear energy,” Perry said.

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Reactor innovation center to come to INL

Post Register

By: Nathan Brown

Idaho National Laboratory could be the center of nuclear reactor development in America for decades to come, the U.S. Department of Energy announced Wednesday.

The National Reactor Innovation Center will be sited at INL, meaning INL will partner with private companies to test new nuclear reactors here. Depending on how many companies enter into reactor development and testing deals with INL and what these projects look like, this has the potential to be a major economic driver for eastern Idaho in the years to come.

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Idaho National Lab announces National Reactor Innovation Center


The Idaho National Laboratory announced a decades-long project Wednesday.

In INL’s Idaho Falls location, the company’s president Mark Peters, along with Idaho U.S. senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, declared the launch of the National Reactor Innovation Center.

The NRIC will help with the development of advanced nuclear energy tech by providing private sector tech developers support in testing demonstrating and performance.

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