The US House of Representatives Energy Subcommittee within the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology unanimously approved H.R. 6097 (Nuclear Energy Research and Development Act) on March 12. Representatives Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Conor Lamb (D-PA) jointly introduced the bill.
The bill, which Morgan Lewis previously reported on in February, proposes more than 10 new programs to facilitate the creation and innovation of advanced nuclear reactor technology in the private sector, as well as to maintain existing reactors in the United States.
Representative Lamb commented that the bill would help save “today’s jobs and create more for tomorrow,” and Representative Newhouse emphasized that nuclear power will play a “critical role” as “the United States continues to lead in reducing carbon emissions.”
The bill has gained substantial support from various nuclear industry advocacy groups, including the US Nuclear Industry Council and the Nuclear Energy Institute.
We will continue to monitor the bill’s progression through the legislative process.