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ICYMI: Washington Examiner Highlights Passage of Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act


12.22.18

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Examiner reported yesterday on the passage of S. 512, the Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act, which the President is expected to sign into law.

S. 512 is a bipartisan bill that will create more certainty for nuclear plant operations, without compromising safety or government oversight, and encourage greater investment for the next generation of nuclear power.

The Washington Examiner wrote, “The legislation directs the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to create a licensing process for advanced reactors that is less prescriptive, allowing for faster approvals.  Advanced reactors are seen as key to improving the fortunes of nuclear energy, which emits no carbon, giving it a level of bipartisan support for its potential to help combat climate change.”

 

Congress passes bipartisan bill to boost advanced nuclear energy

The House voted Friday to make it easier to deploy advanced nuclear reactors.

The bipartisan bill, approved by voice vote, is aimed at boosting nuclear energy and would modernize the federal government’s approval process for advanced reactors.

The approval comes a day after the Senate did the same. President Trump is expected to sign the bill.

“This legislation will create more certainty for nuclear plant operations, without compromising safety or government oversight, and encourage greater investment for the next generation of nuclear power,” said cosponsors Reps. Greg Walden, R-Ore., and Fred Upton, R-Mich. “We look forward to the president signing this important, bipartisan legislation into law.”

The legislation directs the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to create a licensing process for advanced reactors that is less prescriptive, allowing for faster approvals.

Advanced reactors are seen as key to improving the fortunes of nuclear energy, which emits no carbon, giving it a level of bipartisan support for its potential to help combat climate change.

“It’s heartening to again see Congress step up to the plate in a big bipartisan way to bolster advanced nuclear technologies that are major part of the future of U.S. and global clean and reliable power,” said Rich Powell, executive director of ClearPath, a conservative group that supports nuclear energy. “Bringing any new energy technology into the marketplace is daunting, and that’s doubly-true for heavily regulated industries like nuclear.”

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