Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) joined Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia) to introduce the bipartisan Accelerating Deployment of Versatile Advanced Nuclear for Clean Energy (ADVANCE) Act 2023. The ADVANCE Act improves the nation’s nuclear infrastructure, secures America’s uranium supply chain, grows the economy, creates jobs, reduces carbon emissions and strengthens national security.
“Providing energy security at home and abroad should be a broadly bipartisan priority, and the best way to do so is to continue our investment in nuclear energy” said Crapo. “The ADVANCE Act ensures nuclear energy becomes a larger part of our nation’s diverse energy portfolio. With the world-leading Idaho National Laboratory in our backyard, Idaho is responsible for facilitating and promoting international nuclear competitiveness through research, innovation and workforce development.”
The ADVANCE Act will:
Facilitate American Nuclear Leadership
Develop and Deploy New Nuclear Technologies
Preserve Existing Nuclear Energy
Strengthen America’s Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Supply Chain Infrastructure
Authorize funds for Environmental Cleanup Programs
Improve Commission Efficiency
Additional co-sponsors of the ADVANCE Act include Senators Tom Carper (D-Delaware), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), Cory Booker (D-New Jersey), Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), Martin Heinrich (D-New Mexico) and Mark Kelly (D-Arizona).
On April 23, 2020, the Department of Energy released its report titled, “Restoring America’s Competitive Nuclear Energy Advantage.” The report found the decline of our industrial nuclear supply capabilities threatens our national interest and national security. The report recommends actions that will set the United States back on the right track. The ADVANCE Act implements the report’s key recommendations.
The ADVANCE Act builds on previous Crapo legislation that furthered nuclear innovation: S. 97, the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act (NEICA); and S. 512, the Nuclear Energy Innovation Modernization Act (NEIMA). These laws help ensure the research conducted at the Idaho National Laboratory continues to contribute to our diverse domestic energy resources and keeps our nation at the forefront of nuclear innovation.