Biden signs bipartisan nuclear package into law

By Nico Portuondo | 07/09/2024 01:37 PM EDT

Supporters believe the ADVANCE Act will be key to securing the next generation of nuclear reactors.

President Joe Biden.

President Joe Biden disembarking Air Force One over the weekend. He signed nuclear energy legislation Tuesday. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

President Joe Biden signed landmark nuclear energy legislation Tuesday, marking the first time a broad energy-related package has become law since the Inflation Reduction Act.

The ADVANCE Act sailed through both the Senate and House in overwhelmingly bipartisan votes as part of S. 870, the “Fire Grants and Safety Act.”

The measure will implement broad changes at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to ensure the next generation of nuclear, known as advanced reactors, get off the ground.


“This is the result of years of work to build widespread consensus about the benefits of advanced nuclear reactors to our electric grid, economy, and environment,” said Environment and Public Works ranking member Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.).