Nuclear, Reactors

U.S. Senate Panel Passes Bill to License Advanced Nuclear Reactors


By Editors of Power Engineering

By a vote of 18-3, the Environment and Public Works Committee advanced a bill that would allow the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to license advanced nuclear reactors.

The Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act requires the NRC to develop a regulatory framework for new reactors that could come into development in 10 to 15 years, Reuters reported.

Though the committee united Republicans hoping to keep the United States from falling behind other counties in nuclear innovations and Democrats wanting to develop emission-free technologies, it is still uncertain whether the full Senate will debate the bill or if the measure will be merged into other energy legislation.