H.R. 431

Sponsor:

  • Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas)

Cosponsors:

  • Steve Knight (R-Calif.)
  • Lamar Smith (R-Texas)
  • Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas)
  • Frank Lucas (R-Okla.)
  • Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.)
  • John Culberson (R-Texas)
  • Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.)
  • Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.)
  • Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.)
  • David Schweikert (R-Ariz.)
  • John Garamendi (D-Calif.)
  • Scott Peters (D-Calif.)
  • Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.)
  • Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.)
  • Barbara Comstock (R-Va.)
  • Ralph Norman (R-S.C.)
  • Michael Capuano (D-Mass.)

Introduced:

  • 1/11/17

Status:

  • Passed House 1/24/17 as part of H.R. 589

S. 97

Sponsor:

  • Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho)

Cosponsors:

  • Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)
  • Cory Booker (D-N.J.)
  • James Risch (R-Idaho)
  • Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)
  • Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)
  • Richard Durbin (D-Ill.)

Introduced:

  • 1/11/17

Status:

  • Passed Senate by voice vote 3/7/18

WHAT THEY DO

NEICA authorizes the development of a versatile neutron source for advanced reactor testing and directs the Department of Energy to prioritize partnering with private innovators to test and demonstrate advanced nuclear reactor concepts. That includes creating a National Reactor Innovation Center combining the technical expertise at national labs and DOE.

WHY WE LIKE THEM

The bill would strengthen partnerships between the private sector and government researchers, an important step in traversing the valley of death that often stops groundbreaking nuclear innovation from becoming commercialized. It also addresses “fast neutrons,” which many of the promising new reactor designs currently being developed will utilize. A versatile neutron source can also allow accelerated research for all new advanced reactors at a time when this R&D capability is only available for civilian use in Russia. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission would also be a partner in the effort, allowing early interactions with developers and potentially leading to the expediting of licensing as the technologies mature toward commercialization.

 

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