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Young Nuclear Professionals Advocate for Industry
March 6, 2014—Members of North American Young Generation in Nuclear—whose numbers recently reached 10,000 strong—have found opportunities for leadership in their local chapters, in the regional and national levels of NAYGN, and in the workplace. Last fall, NAYGN members stood up for the nuclear energy industry in a new venue—at public meetings held across the country by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
In October, November and December, the NRC held a series of 13 public meetings to collect comments on its proposed rule on extended storage of used fuel at nuclear power plants.
The nuclear energy industry has urged the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to suspend efforts to produce a new policy statement outlining a risk-management regulatory framework, noting that other industry and NRC activities under way offer greater safety benefit.
The number of college students graduating in nuclear engineering increased last year, with the number of degrees awarded at all levels the highest in decades.
The president’s 2015 budget proposal for the Department of Energy seeks to re-impose a multi-billion-dollar tax for the cleanup of DOE-owned uranium enrichment facilities, a move the nuclear energy industry has rejected as redundant and unfair. But other aspects of the budget, notably increased amounts to support small reactor development, are more in line with industry goals.
The vital importance of collaboration in nuclear energy research and development—among the public and private sectors, academia and other nations—was one of the major themes to emerge at last week’s Nuclear Energy Institute R&D Summit in Washington, D.C.
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