‘Close to the goal line’: House OKs nuclear package

By Andres Picon | 05/09/2024 06:40 AM EDT

Backers are hopeful the “ADVANCE Act” will get Senate approval soon.

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The House approved nuclear energy legislation with broad support. House Television

The House approved a bill Wednesday that includes major, bipartisan nuclear energy legislation, keeping alive what may be the best hope for passing a compromise nuclear bill before the end of the year.

The chamber voted 393-13 to send S. 870, the “Fire Grants and Safety Act,” to the Senate after lawmakers attached the “Accelerating Deployment of Versatile, Advanced Nuclear for Clean Energy (ADVANCE) Act of 2024.”

The fire grants bill, sponsored by Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), easily passed the Senate last year, offering what lawmakers and nuclear energy backers believe could be a nearly bulletproof vehicle for the bipartisan “ADVANCE Act.”


“I would have to imagine that the timeline [for final passage] isn’t long,” said Craig Piercy, CEO and executive director of the American Nuclear Society. “You’ve got the leadership of the committees in agreement on the package. It feels to me like we’re close to the goal line here.”