WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. House of Representatives released the appropriations conference report late yesterday that includes funding for various nuclear programs in 2012. Following is a statement from the Nuclear Energy Institute’s Alex Flint, senior vice president for governmental affairs.
“On behalf of the entire nuclear industry, I express our gratitude to the chairmen and ranking members of House and Senate Energy and Water Development subcommittees for their thoughtful consideration of the important nuclear matters before them.
“The final result is an appropriations bill that acknowledges the importance of a number of nuclear programs within the U.S. Department of Energy and the important oversight function of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
“We appreciate the balanced manner in which the conferees addressed a number of issues raised by the events this year in Japan—in particular, by appropriating $1.027 billion dollars to the NRC, of which $900 million will be reimbursed by licensees, and by directing that funds will be available to the National Academy of Sciences to study lessons learned from the events at Fukushima.
“We particularly appreciate the inclusion of $67 million to initiate the Department of Energy’s small reactor licensing program. That technology will become a significant contributor to the nation’s energy portfolio and has tremendous potential for job creation to support deployment in the United States and internationally.
“Within the department’s other nuclear-related programs, the support for the light-water sustainability program, advanced reactors, used fuel management technologies and the nuclear science programs will help ensure U.S. leadership in nuclear technologies.
“We look forward to continuing to work with the members of the committee as these programs are implemented.”