House Passes Nuclear R&D Bill

The House passed the Nuclear Energy Research and Development Act of 2010 with bipartisan support.

U.S._House_SealThe House passed the Nuclear Energy Research and Development Act of 2010 and, according to info from the Science and Technology Committee, it passed with bipartisan support by voice vote. In a statement, Commitee chairman and bill author Rep. Bart Gordon, D-Tenn., said, “The U.S. is losing its competitive edge in nuclear energy technology. This trend will represent billions of dollars in foregone opportunity for the U.S. But regaining our edge is not just a matter of keeping a foothold in a global marketplace with new competitors such as China.”

Gordon said, “With emerging threats from the likes of Iran and North Korea, and with a host of other countries recently announcing their nuclear ambitions, now more than ever it is imperative that the U.S. lead the world in developing and deploying the safest, most advanced, cost-effective, and proliferation-resistant nuclear energy and fuel cycle technologies.”

Besides supporting research on nuclear power, including long-term waste management, the legislation authorizes a Small Modular Reactors program to conduct both near-term and advanced research and development of small reactor technologies, the committee said.

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Source: Frank Munger | Knoxville News Sentinel
Photo: U.S. House of Representatives