Statement from Craig Piercy, Executive Director and CEO of the American Nuclear Society:
We applaud the U.S. Senate for passing the bipartisan infrastructure bill (H.R.3684), which seeks to assist our existing plants and commercialize advanced nuclear reactor designs. The legislation sets aside $6 billion in U.S. Department of Energy funding to support nuclear facilities that are under economic threat of premature closures because of flawed markets. The bill also sets aside another $6 billion of vital funding for microreactors, small modular reactors, and advanced reactors. With this support, the U.S. nuclear community – of utilities, suppliers, scientists, and engineers — stand ready to usher in a new generation of technology to decarbonize and keep our electric grid resilient.