Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act - S.512

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"A bill to modernize the regulation of nuclear energy."
Primary sponsors: 
Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
Latest major action: 
President signed S.512 into law, Jan. 14, 2019
Committee Reports: 
Summary of provisions
  • Directs the Nuclear Regulatory Commission┬áto implement a licensing framework for advanced reactors, with a fully technology-inclusive framework completed by 2025
  • Establishes a cost-sharing program at the Department of Energy to assist industry in applying for reactor licenses
  • Establishes a sunset provision for the NRC's current budget structure, which mandates┬áthat 90 percent of it should derive from user fees
Actions on the Senate bill: 
President signed bill into law
Jan. 14, 2019
House passed amended version of the bill on a vote of 361 to 10
Dec. 21, 2018
Senate passed amended version of the bill by voice vote
Dec. 20, 2018
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved bill
March 22, 2017
Bill introduced
March 2, 2017