House bill aims to facilitate public-private nuclear-energy research

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The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology advanced the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act this week.

The bill would allow national laboratories to partner with private companies to facilitate the development of nuclear technology and overall nuclear science. The bill was introduced by Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX), Committee Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Energy Subcommittee Chairman Randy Weber (R-TX).

“Nuclear power has been a proven source of safe and emission-free electricity for over half a century, since it was first developed in the United States,” Smith said. “Nuclear energy can be a clean, cheap answer to an energy-independent, pro-growth, secure future if we let the science and market forces prevail. The U.S. has not lived up to its potential when it comes to nuclear energy. This legislation enables our talented engineers in the private sector, academia and at the national labs to develop the next generation of nuclear technology here in the United States."

The bill also directs the U.S. Department of Energy to ensure that federal infrastructure can support public and private partnerships in the area of nuclear research and development, as well as facilitate private investment in reactor technology.

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