Statement from ANS Executive Director/CEO Craig Piercy on introduction of the American Nuclear Infrastructure Act of 2020
On behalf of America’s nuclear technology professionals, we applaud the introduction of the bipartisan American Nuclear Infrastructure Act of 2020 (ANIA).
In particular, ANS welcomes the ANIA provisions to empower the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in leading international forums to develop regulations on advanced nuclear reactor designs and to establish a more predictable and efficient permitting process at the NRC for advanced nuclear technologies. We also commend the sponsors for including provisions aimed at incentivizing commercial deployment of new reactor designs, valuing the attributes of our existing nuclear fleet, creating advanced nuclear fuels, supporting workforce development, and reducing unnecessary regulatory barriers.
Taken together, we believe this legislation would provide an expanded set of policy tools for ushering in a new generation of advanced reactors needed for deep decarbonization in the U.S. and around the world.
America’s nuclear engineers and scientists are ready to design, build, and operate tomorrow’s advanced nuclear reactors for a sustainable clean energy future.