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senate Bill S. 512

Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act

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Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act

Official Title

A bill to modernize the regulation of nuclear energy.


Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act This bill directs the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to modify the licensing process for commercial advanced nuclear reactor facilities. In addition, the bill amends the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990 to revise how the NRC preserves budgeted funds for conducting and accelerating license reviews of commercial advanced nuclear reactor facilities. The NRC must implement a licensing process that is designed to be predictable and efficient while conforming to existing NRC regulatory guidelines. The Department of Energy (DOE) must provide cost sharing grants to license applicants for the purpose of funding a portion of the NRC review fees. The NRC must also develop a new technology-inclusive, regulatory framework by the end of 2024 that encourages greater technological innovation for the advanced nuclear reactor program. The NRC must publish necessary revisions to the guidance on the baseline examination schedule and any subsequent examinations for baffle-former bolts in pressurized water reactors with down-flow configurations. The NRC may issue licenses for utilization facilities that are used in conducting research and development activities related to nuclear energy. The NRC must report to Congress on the status of the licensing process for accident tolerant fuel. The NRC must: (1) report to Congress on the safety and feasibility of extending the duration of uranium recovery licenses from 10 to 20 years, and (2) complete a voluntary pilot program to determine the feasibility of establishing a flat fee structure for routine licensing matters relating to uranium recovery. DOE must issue a long-term federal excess uranium inventory management plan at least every 10 years that details the management of DOE excess uranium inventories.

bill Progress

  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house Passed December 21st, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 361 Yea / 10 Nay
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Environment and Public Works
    IntroducedMarch 2nd, 2017

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    Innovation and progression in nuclear technology is imperative for a future of increasing energy dependence and although I’d rather they strip away regulations which would achieve the stated outcome of Nuclear Tech progress that’s probably never going to happen soo.... at least this sounds like a better regulatory framework then the one we have.
    We need to shift away from using nuclear and fossil fuel energies and switch to more environmentally friendly ways of creating energy such as wind, solar, and water. Those who say people will lose jobs, not necessarily. Those working in the current fields of nuclear as fossil fuel energies can be trained to work for more environmentally friendly industries.