Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette said Tuesday that the Trump administration plans to give a boost to the uranium industry, which it has repeatedly tried to help.
Brouillette responded “yes” to a question from Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) about whether the administration is “prepared to provide immediate relief for the uranium producers.”
“[The Department of] Commerce, along with the U.S. Department of Energy, the president of the United States — all determined that the loss of leadership in the nuclear industry represented a national security concern,” he said during a hearing at the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
The administration has in the past bolstered the industry including by adding uranium to a list of “critical minerals” deemed crucial to national security.
The Commerce Department has also issued a recommendation to help speed up production of all minerals on the list.
Meanwhile, at Tuesday’s hearing, Brouillette was forced to defend President Trump’s proposed cuts to renewable energy in his budget request for fiscal 2021.