Nuclear Energy Leadership Act - S.3422

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Overview
Purpose: 
"To direct the Secretary of Energy to establish advanced nuclear goals, provide for a versatile, reactor-based fast neutron source, make available high-assay, low-enriched uranium for research, development, and demonstration of advanced nuclear reactor concepts, and for other purposes."
Primary sponsors: 
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Summary of provisions
  • Directs the Department of Energy to enter agreements to carry out at least four advanced nuclear reactor demonstration projects by the end of fiscal year 2028
  • Directs DOE to develop a 10-year Nuclear Energy Strategic Plan
  • Directs DOE to construct a versatile, reactor-based fast neutron source user facility by the end of 2025
  • Directs DOE to create a University Nuclear Leadership Program that will provide funding to universities for fellowships, scholarships, and R&D projects to further advanced nuclear reactors and to maintain the nuclear science and engineering disciplines
  • Directs DOE to establish a program to establish a supply of high-assay low-enriched uranium for use in advanced nuclear reactors
Actions
Actions on the Senate bill: 
Bill introduced
Sept. 6, 2018