WASHINGTON, D.C.—The House Committee on Science and Technology’s Energy and Environment Subcommittee approved H.R. 5866, the Nuclear Energy Research and Development Act of 2010, last week. The bill authorizes the Department of Energy to fund advanced research and development programs on various aspects of nuclear energy. Following is a statement from Alex Flint, the Nuclear Energy Institute’s senior vice president of governmental affairs.
“This is important legislation. It provides the resources needed to keep the nation moving ahead in research and development that will take state-of-the-art technologies from the laboratory and make them available for commercial application. This is especially the case with the support for small modular reactor research, a technology with a lot of promise.“We are heartened to see that the bill increases funding for comprehensive used fuel management that will further our ability to take advantage of the recycling potential of the considerable reusable material in each fuel rod while enhancing proliferation resistant technologies.“NEI is grateful for the leadership of subcommittee Chairman Brian Baird and ranking member Bob Inglis as well as full committee Chairman Bart Gordon and ranking member Ralph Hall for recognizing how important research and development is to maximizing the advantages of nuclear energy in overall national energy policy. The bipartisan cooperation demonstrated in their leadership is a perfect example of the enactment of good public policy that is in the national interest trumping party differences.”