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Do You Support Advanced Nuclear-Energy Technologies?

by Axios | Updated on 9.14.18

The House passed bipartisan legislation Thursday supporting advanced nuclear-energy technologies, setting it up for a presidential signature.

Why it matters: It’s a rare glimpse of bipartisanship on the usually acrimonious issue of energy in a Congress mostly focused on the midterm elections. It is also a step toward helping advanced nuclear-energy technologies, which are still mostly in the demonstration phase.

One level deeper: The bill doesn’t include any huge changes, but taken collectively the requirements could spur more attention and money. Among the provisions:

  • Cost-share grant program at the Energy Department for applicants seeking federal licenses for advanced reactors.
  • Formally structured collaboration among national labs, private companies and others.

The big picture: With America’s existing nuclear plants struggling to compete with cheap natural gas and subsidized renewable energy, advanced reactors have the potential to provide the next wave of carbon-free electricity in big quantities as the world tackles climate change.

What’s next: The bill has already passed the Senate, so it now goes to President Trump’s desk to be officially signed into law.

Go deeperRead the bill.

-Amy Harder


(Photo: RHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • David
    09/14/2018
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    Nuclear does not have to mean massively toxic waste. Nuclear does not have to mean enriched uranium and extremely dangerous reactors. Liquid fluoride thorium salt (LFTR) reactors kick ass. 95%-100% cleaner. Cheap thorium fuel. Passive safety built in. 100% non-weaponizable. Smart countries are already tuned into this (India and China). we need to catch up.

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  • Todd
    Voted Support
    09/14/2018
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    Managed the proper way, the way we do here in the US, this is a safe and reliable source of power.

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  • Jeffrey
    Voted Oppose
    09/19/2018
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    Personally, I have a problem with an energy source that produces waste that is lethal for thousands of years. Wouldn't it make sense to figure out how to deal with this waste before producing massive amounts of toxic waste that ends up stored in huge cement tanks in the ground, that always end up leaking into the ground water. We all enjoy cheap usable energy, but how cheap will it be if it is another of the straws on the camels back that finally makes earth unlivable. We think of ourselves as intelligent but are we really? Come on people, think about it. We all live in the same house, it's a big house but we all share it no matter what. The things we do that are detrimental to life continuing to thrive is bad policy. Human beings have this capacity to rationalize any wrong doing but in the end, we all will get mother nature's eviction notice and mother nature is not going to follow any landlord/ tenner laws other than wipe us off the planet. Show me the technology that can cope with the waste in a reasonable manner and I'm all for it, in the meantime we should figure out how to deal with nuclear waste leaking into ground water now. Ask Japan how hard is it to deal with nuclear wastes or accidents, like fucashema, if I'm not mistaken it's still leaking irradiated water into the ocean. I wonder why this is not a worldwide priority to stop this horrific scenario, given the fact so many depend on the life in the ocean for their very existence. How mad would you be if the guy next door accidentally leaked some nuclear waste water onto your property? What's the difference other then the neighbor is far away and the affects take many years to be apparent. Seems a little like we humans are a bit on the suicidal side. Is this a world/ home we want to pass on to our kids? Will they be able to survive our mess? I wonder.

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  • Tooluser1
    Voted Support
    09/16/2018
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    Greenest of green energy. FAR more sustainable and economical than solar or wind boondoggles.

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  • Rachel
    09/14/2018
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    Nuclear Energy Technology should be advanced only if the energy companies come up with a way to reuse ALL the waste products! Coal is now reusing “Gob Piles” from coal waste that has polluted streams and air for 100years! Get waste disposal right before expanding Nuclear Energy!

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  • Nancy
    Voted Oppose
    09/18/2018
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    NO BRAINER.

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  • Phillip
    09/14/2018
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    Nuclear tech is surpassed by solar and wind now. There is no justification for the waste it produces and the storage problems that arise let alone the safety risk.Apart from accidents they are targets for terrorists with everything supplied to create a disaster.

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  • Linda
    Voted Support
    09/14/2018
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    We must support energy sources that are kind to the climate and dependable.

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  • Jeff
    09/19/2018
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    In a quandry on this one. I think all options should be on the table for energy. Nuclear is more stable at all hours, safer in actual impacts, potentially cheaper though apparently not in the US. However, I'm uncertain about the government's precise role. Get out of the way?

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  • Brendan
    09/15/2018
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    Please explore thorium as a fuel source! It’s cleaner and abundant as well no source for nuclear weapons!

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  • Judith
    09/16/2018
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    Yes, we need more sources of clean energy. France has had Nuclear power for many years with o problems. More research into safe power could help our carbon footprint.

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  • David
    09/14/2018
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    Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, and numerous other nuclear accidents do not present a positive safety record for this industry. The waste produced by nuclear reactors cannot be reused, is risky to store, and is unsafe for possibly thousands of years. Solve these problems first, then talk about “advanced” reactor technology.

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  • Jim2423
    09/14/2018
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    100% yes.

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  • Catt
    Voted Support
    09/14/2018
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    PURELY as a stopgap to the development of more ACTUALLY renewable energy sources, yes I do. But it should be undertaken with the understanding that it will be replaced as solar, geothermal, wind, and tidal energy generators come up to speed.

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  • Leon
    09/14/2018
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    Hmmm... now the Dems are cool with the potential nuclear waste this will generate?

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  • Daniel
    09/15/2018
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    I think we need too get more solar and other forms atomic energy has too many things attached that can go wrong. As we seen in Russia and here as well in Japan, then you have the byproducts that must be dispensed with we already are dealing with. Then it is a prime target as well.. let’s get more homes on solar with backup power capabilities and wind power as well more hydroelectric power. We should have on this path years a go.

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  • SneakyPete
    09/14/2018
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    👍🏻 S.1457 AKA Advanced Nuclear Energy Technologies Act 👍🏻 I’m in support of the SENATE passed bipartisan legislation, S. 1457 AKA - Advanced Nuclear Energy Technologies Act, which is set-up for a presidential signature. It’s a rare glimpse of CONGRESSIONAL bipartisanship on the usually acrimonious issue of energy in a Congress mostly focused on the midterm elections. It is also a step toward helping advanced nuclear-energy technologies, which are still mostly in the demonstration phase. The SENATE bill S.1457 doesn’t include any huge changes, but taken collectively the requirements could spur more attention and money. Among the provisions: • Cost-share grant program at the Energy Department for applicants seeking federal licenses for advanced reactors. • Formally structured collaboration among national labs, private companies and others. 9*14*18 ..... SneakyPete .....

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  • NOTTODAYDONNIE
    Voted Support
    09/14/2018
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    Test as many upcoming technologies as possible!

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  • Azrael
    09/14/2018
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    No

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  • Jan
    09/17/2018
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    No scratch this. North of Boston is a mess because of the pipeline and natural gas houses blew up and many are homeless. Stop using us as guinea pigs !

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