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Kinzinger Nuclear Bill Headed to President’s Desk

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Washington, December 21, 2018 | Maura Gillespie (2022253635) | comments
Today, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of S. 512, the Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act.
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Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of S. 512, the Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act, which passed the Senate by unanimous consent and was a bipartisan, bicameral agreement including the core language of H.R. 1320, the Nuclear Utilization of Keynote Energy (NUKE) Act, which Rep. Kinzinger introduced with his House colleague, Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) in March 2017.

This legislation makes targeted, common-sense reforms to the fee structure used by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and will increase transparency while providing long-term certainty for nuclear plants, including the four located in Congressman Kinzinger’s district.

Following passage, Congressman Kinzinger, who has long been a supporter of nuclear power, released the following statement:

“Today was a good day for bipartisan, bicameral support of nuclear power – which is incredibly important to my district, the state of Illinois, and our country. Over 3,500 of my constituents work at nuclear power plants that have operated safely for decades. This legislation will make the regulatory process more efficient and transparent, not only for today’s nuclear fleet, but also for the next generation of clean, reliable nuclear power, all without compromising safety. I’m incredibly proud of all the hard work that went into making this bill a reality and I look forward to the President signing our NUKE Act into law soon


The Congressman’s floor speech can be found on his YouTube page, and his remarks as written can be found transcribed below:

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of S. 512, the Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act – which the Senate passed by unanimous consent this morning and is the companion legislation to my bill, H.R. 1320, the “Nuclear Utilization of Keynote Energy Act.

“The House Energy and Commerce Committee worked with the Senate to reach agreement on the language in S. 512 to ensure it conforms with the core language in the NUKE Act, passed by the House earlier this year. The NUKE Act, which I was proud to introduce with my Energy and Commerce colleague, Mike Doyle, makes targeted, common-sense reforms to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s fee structure. 

“The current fee structure threatens to unnecessarily increase the financial burden on the nation’s nuclear fleet – including the FOUR plants I am so proud to represent. This bipartisan bill will ensure transparency, predictability, and fairness in the regulatory process, which will help keep the United States as the global leader of clean, safe, and reliable nuclear power.

“This bill reflects thoughtful bipartisan and bicameral consensus on what is needed for a robust nuclear industry going forward, and I urge my colleagues to join me in voting to enact these important reforms into law.”

 

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