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New Nuclear Energy Needs New Licensing Process

Niko McMurray of ClearPath writes about the need to modernize the nuclear energy licensing process.

The C3 Take
  • The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has released a draft of its new rulemaking process for advanced nuclear reactors.
  • The new ruling fails to make it easier for advanced reactors to get approve and maintains outdated radiation and safety standards that do not provide any public benefit.
  • Antiquated regulations like these are hurting American innovation, energy security, and environmental progress.
  • The NRC should go back to the drawing board and adopt policies that make it easier to build nuclear power in America.

“Now is the time to set down the pencils, take a few steps back, and consider if the draft rule meets the needs of today and tomorrow. That is the decision before the Commissioners today. The world is transformed, and the NRC has a key role to play in enabling the transformation of clean energy delivery through the additional deployment of nuclear technologies. As Chairman Hanson wrote in his vote approving the beginning of the Part 53 rulemaking, ‘speed should not take priority over a thoughtful rulemaking.’ The status quo is not an option. Congress has made that clear, and bold Commission leadership is needed when considering the next steps of the Part 53 rulemaking.”

Read the full article here.

The views and opinions expressed are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of C3.

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