House panel to mark up ozone, advanced nuclear bills

The Subcommittee on Energy and Power at the House Energy and Commerce Committee has scheduled a markup for May 11 to consider two bills.

H.R. 4775 would facilitate implementation of ozone and other national air quality standards, while H.R. 4979 would promote advances in nuclear reactor technology. The subcommittee will convene for opening statements only on May 11, and reconvene on May 12. The subcommittee is chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky.

  • H.R. 4775, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2016, authored by Rep. Pete Olson, R-Texas, would give states additional time and flexibility to deploy their limited resources when implementing new ozone and other National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), and will address other NAAQS implementation challenges.
  • H.R. 4979, the Advanced Nuclear Technology Development Act of 2016, authored by Rep. Bob Latta, R-Ohio, would ensure that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is prepared to license innovative advanced nuclear technologies. The term “Advanced Reactor” in the bill means a nuclear fission reactor with significant design improvements over the most recent generation of nuclear reactors. Section 6(b) of the bill requires the NRC to seek input from the U.S. Department of Energy, the nuclear industry, and other public stakeholders. 

“We’ve got two thoughtful bipartisan solutions that we’ll vote on this week,” said Chairman Whitfield in a May 9 statement. “Giving states the time and tools they need to comply with ozone standards is good for jobs, the economy, and public health. And paving the way for more rapid development of advanced nuclear technologies with an eye toward the future will help provide the certainty needed for continued innovation.” 

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