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Bipartisan House members float bill to boost reactor research

The Republican chairman and bipartisan members of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee yesterday unveiled legislation to boost investments in advanced reactor technology.

Chairman Lamar Smith (R), ranking Democrat Eddie Bernice Johnson and GOP Rep. Randy Weber, who chairs the Energy Subcommittee -- all three from Texas -- introduced H.R. 4084, the "Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act." It would require the Department of Energy to prioritize research and development of infrastructure that would help the private sector invest in advanced reactor technologies.


James Hansen, other scientists push reactors' role in climate talks

Four top climate change scientists today said nuclear energy must be part of upcoming international action to address climate change.

Former NASA scientist James Hansen of Columbia University, Tom Wigley of the University of Adelaide in Australia, Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution for Science and Kerry Emanuel of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said renewable energy technologies like wind and solar would not be enough to achieve climate goals.


Group promotes nuclear for meeting state emissions targets

The American Nuclear Society is reaching out to each of the Lower 48 states to ensure reactors remain a viable option as states comply with U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan -- a rule the group says does too little to support the industry.

"What we need to do now is help the states understand what tools they have, how nuclear can be part of that mix," said Eugene Grecheck, president of the American Nuclear Society, a nonprofit professional group that promotes nuclear science and technology. "They may not even be aware of how significant their existing nuclear assets are, or how significant a new nuclear asset could be in their strategy."

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The devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan has spawned a major nuclear disaster. E&E examines the implications for energy, the environment, security and public health.


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Scores of nuclear power reactors dot the United States. There are 103 reactors that are licensed to operate and 14 undergoing decommissioning. Many others are in planning stages; the four furthest along in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensing process are shown on this map. Click on a site icon for more details on the U.S. NRC website.

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