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Latta and McNerney Introduce Legislation Regarding Advanced Nuclear Reactor Technology

Washington, April 18, 2016 | Erin Partee (202-225-6405)

Today, Congressmen Bob Latta (R-OH) and Jerry McNerney (D-CA) introduced the Advanced Nuclear Technology Development Act of 2016.  This bipartisan legislation will help provide the regulatory structure needed for safe, advanced nuclear energy to continue playing an important role in the U.S. energy portfolio. 

The Advanced Nuclear Technology Development Act of 2016 requires the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to collaborate to provide certainty for the development of advanced nuclear technology. Further, the legislation requires that the NRC establish a regulatory framework to license and oversee such technology.

“Congress must look to the future of the nuclear industry, and this bill provides the certainty needed for continued private sector innovation, while also providing the NRC a path to safely regulate advanced nuclear technologies,” said Latta. “I am enthusiastic about this legislation and look forward to working with the Committee to move the bill forward.”

 “Nuclear power provides approximately 60 percent of the carbon –free electricity in the U.S. It’s essential that we invest in clean energy technologies that help us move away from carbon-intensive energy resources” said McNerney. “Encouraging the DOE and NRC to work together on new reactor technologies has the potential to ensure the U.S. remains a leader in nuclear technology and will provide us with additional security here at home.“

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