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The American Nuclear Society (ANS) formed the Special Committee on Nuclear in the States in 2015 and introduced the Nuclear in the States Toolkit on February 8, 2016. The Toolkit outlines policies related to new and existing nuclear reactors for state policymakers to consider as they draft their Clean Power Plan compliance strategies. In April 2016, the Committee produced an updated version of the Toolkit that contained policy and state updates that occurred since the original launch date.


Nuclear in the States Toolkit From June 2016-June 2017 the Special Committee will aim to engage stakeholders in state and federal organizations with the goal to maintain the current fleet of operating nuclear reactors and prevent premature shutdowns.

"Nuclear in Our Backyard" RFP

The ANS Special Committee on Nuclear in the States (SCNiS) is asking local sections for their ideas to develop ongoing, local-based, initiatives to not only preserve our existing nuclear plants, but also to encourage new nuclear construction to address future demand and to replace operating nuclear units when they reach end-of-life.

The program is called "Nuclear in Our Backyard" and it is a competitive process to develop innovative and groundbreaking local and state initiatives to support nuclear.

View the RFP to consider proposing a local initiative for your area. Applications should be submitted as a single PDF to Tracy Coyle no later than April 30, 2017.

Nuclear Policy in the States

The American Nuclear Society (ANS) introduced a Nuclear in the States Toolkit on February 8, 2016, that outlines policies related to new and existing nuclear reactors for state policymakers to consider as they draft their Clean Power Plan compliance strategies. The 40-page toolkit was developed by a Special Committee on Nuclear in the States assembled by ANS to gather and categorize the myriad nuclear energy options available to state-level administrators. In April 2016, the Committee produced an updated version of the toolkit that contained policy and state updates that occurred since the original launch date.

In creating the guide, the committee focused on states. different sets of circumstances regarding nuclear power, noting that state policymakers will need to determine which energy methods are the best fit for their policy, environmental, energy, and economic goals.

Among the subjects covered in the toolkit are electricity capacity markets, governmental support, public hearings, and tax policies. At a glance, policymakers will be able to identify the tool or action, whether it can occur at the state or federal level, and if authorization for that tool already exists.

The kit is intended to prompt discussion about and support for new and existing nuclear power in state clean-energy plans. For more information about the toolkit, please contact nucleartoolkit@ans.org

ANS Special Committee Report: Impact from Power Plant Closings


(Audio) ANS Special Committee on Nuclear in the States Media Briefing - 4/19/2016

Nuclear Advocacy Network

Nuclear Advocacy Network

NAN educates and mobilizes individuals around legislation related to nuclear energy, science and technology.

Congressional Seminar Series

Congressional Seminar Series

ANS identified an ongoing need for basic nuclear science and policy literacy for Hill staffers who may be unfamiliar with the science behind the politics. The Nuclear Technology Fundamentals Program offers congressional staff members a basic overview of nuclear applications and current policies related to energy, medicine, and industry. The program is offered through the ANS public information initiative, the Center for Nuclear Science and Technology Information.

Nuclear for Climate

Nuclear for Climate

The growing urgency of reversing global climate change and the need to reduce carbon-emissions from power sources prompted 140 nuclear societies and associations from around the globe to collaborate on the Nuclear for Climate initiative. The goal of this campaign is to educate policymakers and the public about the necessity of including nuclear energy among the carbon-free solutions to climate change.

Last updated January 12, 2017, 11:31am CST

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