The House Energy and Commerce Committee on May 18 approved by voice vote the Advanced Nuclear Technology Development Act of 2016 (H.R. 4979), while the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved the Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act (S. 2795) in a 17-3 vote.
The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) said the legislation approved by the committees focuses on the development of advanced reactor technologies; S. 2795 also addresses the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)’s fee structure.
“Today’s Senate and House committee votes on their respective nuclear energy bills speak loudly to Congress’s strong bipartisan support for nuclear power as an indispensable clean energy technology to move our nation forward,” said NEI Vice President for Governmental Affairs Alex Flint.
“Both bills include provisions that add urgency to the development of an efficient, predictable licensing framework for advanced reactor technologies,” Flint said. “The nuclear energy industry looks forward to these bills being brought to the House and Senate floors for a vote in the near future,” he added.