Ted Nordhaus and Adam Stein of The Breakthrough Institute explain the problems with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s licensing process.
- Three years ago Congress directed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to modernize regulations for nuclear power in order to bring more energy projects online faster.
- After three years and millions of dollars spent, the NRC has released its plan that largely follows the previous broken permitting system.
- The NRC’s proposed rule does not take a risk-informed, performance-based approach that is flexible enough to accommodate a broad range of future advanced reactor designs.
- Regulatory hurdles such as these will hurt our economic competitiveness, energy security, and ability to meaningfully reduce emissions.
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