Nuclear Energy Leadership Act - S.903 / H.R.3306

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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: 
Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) / Reps. Elaine Luria (D-VA) and Denver Riggleman (R-VA)
Latest major action: 
H.R.3306 introduced on 06/18/2019
Summary of Selected Provisions

Selected provisions in both bills

  • Directs the Department of Energy to complete at least two advanced nuclear reactor demonstration projects by the end of 2025 and between 2 and 5 additional projects by the end of fiscal year 2035
  • Requires DOE to partner with the Defense Department or another federal agency to enter into at least one agreement by the end of 2023 to purchase nuclear power from a newly licensed reactor for up to 40 years, giving “special consideration” to “first-of-a-kind or early deployment nuclear technologies”
  • Directs DOE to develop a 10-year Nuclear Energy Strategic Plan
  • Directs DOE to establish a program to make available a supply of high-assay low-enriched uranium for use in advanced nuclear reactors
Actions
Actions on the House bill: 
Bill introduced
06/18/2019
Actions on the Senate bill: 
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved amended bill
07/16/2019
Bill introduced
03/27/2019