March 22, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) Managing Director Heather Reams released the following statement upon the U.S. Senate Environment & Public Works Committee’s passage of S. 512, the Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act (NEIMA).
“The NRC’s outdated regulatory framework is burdensome to innovators and in desperate need of reform. Today’s passage of the Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act by the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee is a critical step in advancing clean energy solutions that bring carbon-free technologies to market and provide safe, reliable, and affordable nuclear power to families, consumers, and infrastructure across the country. We commend Senator Barrasso for his leadership to encourage innovation in our nation’s nuclear sector and look forward to working with clean energy champions in Congress to see this bill become law.”
Senate Committee Environment and Public Works Chairman Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) joined with a bipartisan group of Senators, including Senators Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), to introduce this legislation. The bill establishes new transparency and accountability measures for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s budget and fee programs, improves the efficiency of uranium regulation, and develops a regulatory framework for the licensing of advanced nuclear reactors.
Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization founded in 2013 to engage Republican policymakers and the public about commonsense, conservative solutions to address our nation’s need for abundant, reliable energy while preserving our environment.