ADVANCE Act would boost development and deployment of new nuclear technologies and facilitate American nuclear leadership, now heads to the full Senate with widespread bipartisan support
Washington, D.C.--Today, the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee passed legislation, introduced by U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch (both R-Idaho), Committee Ranking Member Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia), Chairman Tom Carper (D-Delaware) and a bipartisan group of their colleagues, that would help position the United States as the undisputed international leader for nuclear energy technologies.
The Accelerating Deployment of Versatile, Advanced Nuclear for Clean Energy (ADVANCE) Act of 2023, which Crapo and Risch introduced in March, passed out of the EPW Committee by a vote of 16-3.
“Idaho is home to the world-leading Idaho National Laboratory, a facility responsible for promoting international nuclear competitiveness through research, innovation and workforce development,” Crapo said. “The ADVANCE Act shows bipartisan support for continuing our investment in nuclear energy—strengthening national security, diversifying our energy portfolio and growing the economy.”
“With the ADVANCE Act’s passage out of committee, we are one step closer to spurring the development and deployment of advanced nuclear technologies,” Risch said. “Idaho’s own INL has long been a leader in nuclear research, and with this bill, we can further unlock nuclear’s vast clean energy potential.”
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, Risch 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.
A section-by-section can be found here.
A handout on the legislation can be found here.
A letter of support from additional coalitions can be found here.