New head of House Appropriations’ energy panel talks nuclear

January 19, 2023, 12:00PMNuclear News


Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R., Tenn.), a strong nuclear energy advocate (his district includes Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Y-12 National Security Complex), was named chair of the House Appropriations Committee’s Energy and Water Development Subcommittee on Monday.

“The work of the Energy and Water Subcommittee is incredibly important to our nation’s long-term energy security and national security,” Fleischmann said in a statement following his selection for the job by Appropriation’s new chairperson, Rep. Kay Granger (R., Texas). “I am excited to find bipartisan common ground to advance important initiatives like modernizing our nation’s nuclear stockpile and advancing groundbreaking nuclear fusion research.”

For more on the congressman’s views on nuclear, check out this interview published yesterday on the Knoxville News Sentinel’s website.

Excerpt: “I want to see [the Tennessee Valley Authority] actually put a modular nuclear reactor at Clinch River, a smaller, easier-to-build, easier-to-operate nuclear power plant at Clinch River. And I’ll tell you this, you can’t build one; you need to plan to build 100. So because we can market these to the world, and if you build one, it’s too expensive, the prototypes are going to be much more expensive, but as you build the 10th, 20th, 100th, the price drops.”

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