ICYMI: Newhouse's Nuclear Bill Approved by House Subcommittee

March 13, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On March 12, the House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Energy unanimously passed H.R. 6097, the Nuclear Energy Research and Development Act. Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) introduced the bill alongside Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA) to encourage the development of new, advanced nuclear reactors, expand critical Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear research programs, and fund training programs for the next generation of nuclear engineers.

On March 11, the U.S. Nuclear Industries Council sent a letter of support stating the legislation will help maintain and bolster clean energy technology throughout the United States and the world.

“Considering that sixty nuclear energy plants are currently under construction internationally and another 100 plants on the horizon – and given nuclear energy’s pivotal role in environmental progress – it is our hope that the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approves this important legislation, and works with the U.S. Senate to see its enactments,” wrote the Honorable Bud Albright, President & CEO, U.S. Nuclear Industry Council, and U.S. Under Secretary of Energy (2006-2008).

The letter continues, “America needs this legislation as part of an overall effort to ensure that the U.S. maintains a leadership role in the development of nuclear power throughout the world.”

What They Are Saying

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Maria Korsnick, President & CEO, Nuclear Energy Institute: “NEI applauds the work of Representatives Conor Lamb (D-PA) and Dan Newhouse (R-WA) for introducing legislation to ensure the U.S. civil nuclear energy industry continues to be a global leader of carbon-free nuclear energy. This legislation signals nuclear energy’s vital role in our country’s commitment to a cleaner environment and strong national security.”

Rich Powell, Executive Director, ClearPath Action: “The U.S. must lead the world in developing and commercializing advanced nuclear reactors that are smaller, safer, cleaner, cheaper, more efficient and scalable than conventional power technologies. R&D, and partnering with our amazing national labs, are the foundation to ensuring our leadership.”

Josh Freed, Senior Vice President for Climate and Energy, Third Way: “The Nuclear Energy Research and Development Act is a great example of the consistent bipartisan support we have seen in Congress for bringing the next generation of carbon-free nuclear energy to market. The world needs advanced nuclear to help put us on the fastest and fairest path to net-zero emissions. The country that leads in this field will define the safety, security, and nonproliferation values that are exported along with this technology. This bill is an important next step, which will help American innovators and American companies take the lead.”

Michele Stockwell, Executive Director, BPC Action: “BPC Action applauds the introduction of the Nuclear Energy Research and Development Act. These many research, development, and demonstration efforts are necessary for America’s continued leadership in nuclear energy, particularly advanced nuclear reactors. We look forward to working with Congress to make progress on these important issues.”


Energy Northwest’s Columbia Generating Station in Tri-Cities is the only nuclear power plant in the Pacific Northwest, generating enough electricity to power a city the size of Seattle. Energy Northwest recently commissioned a study to review the best options to meet future clean energy needs. The results show Columbia Generating Station’s operation must be maintained and the development of new small modular reactors should be prioritized. Learn more here.