US Congress Passes Bipartisan Bill to Modernize Nuclear Energy Industry

In late December 2018, a bill titled Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act (NEIMA), was passed by both houses of the US Congress, and sent to the president for his signature.

One major purpose of the bill is to encourage innovation in nuclear energy technology and make it less burdensome to bring new types of reactors to market.

Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyoming) stated: “Our bipartisan legislation will help create jobs, reduce carbon emissions, and maintain America’s leadership in nuclear innovation.”

The text of the bill can be read here.

The amount of support for this bill in the US Congress is quite a contrast to the often fiercely partisan positions in many other areas of politics. The bill passed in the House of Representatives by a margin of 361 to 10, and by voice vote in the Senate.

If we really are approaching a time when commercial-level LENR is available, it will be interesting to see whether LENR would be as widely supported across the political spectrum as this bill.