Nuclear Power Touted in Bipartisan Bill

Senate bill requires DOE to work with private sector on nuclear energy projects.

Flag_Covered_CountryWASHINGTON, D.C. – Legislation requiring the U.S. Department of Energy to work more actively with the private sector on nuclear energy partnerships has been introduced in the U.S. Senate. Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch have co-sponsored the Nuclear Power 2021 Act.

The bill would increase the number of small modular nuclear reactors available to produce clean, alternative energy. More than half of the development costs would be paid for by private investors. Other sponsors of the bill include Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-New Mexico), Committee Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Senators Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana), Mark Pryor (D-Arkansas) and Mark Udall (D-Colorado).

“A growing, bipartisan group of Senators have sponsored this legislation, showing the recognition that nuclear power is receiving as we increase our alternative sources for new power,” Crapo said. “The Idaho National Lab, as the nation’s lead nuclear laboratory, is in a good position to assist with that expanded nuclear research and development.”

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Source: Susan Wheeler | Office of U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho)