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    IntroducedOctober 29th, 2009

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Nuclear Energy Research Initiative Improvement Act of 2009

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A bill to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to require the Secretary of Energy to carry out a research and development and demonstration program to reduce manufacturing and construction costs relating to nuclear reactors, and for other purposes.


Nuclear Energy Research Initiative Improvement Act of 2009 - Amends the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to direct the Secretary of Energy to: (1) conduct research to lower the cost of nuclear reactor systems; and (2) develop and publish on the Department of Energy (DOE) website a schedule outlining a five-year strategy to lower such cost effectively, including public workshops to provide an opportunity for public comment. Includes among research subjects: (1) modular and small-scale reactors; (2) balance-of-plant issues; (3) cost-efficient manufacturing and construction; (4) licensing issues; and (5) enhanced proliferation controls. Authorizes appropriations for FY2011-FY2015.

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