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Elaine Luria, Byron Donalds Champion the Fueling Our Nuclear Future Act

Last week, U.S. Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va., introduced the “Fueling Our Nuclear Future Act” with U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla., as the co-sponsor.

The bill will “accelerate the availability of commercially produced high-assay, low enriched uranium (HALEU) fuel and boost domestic energy production in the United States” and “directs the Secretary of Energy to prioritize and establish a program that ensures a domestic supply of HALEU for advanced nuclear reactors.” The bill also “directs the Secretary of Energy to provide for an array of HALEU enrichment levels, output levels to meet demand, and fuel forms suitable for multiple advanced reactors” and directs the secretary “to consider options to establish a HALEU Bank to replenish Department of Energy stockpiles of uranium made available as part of this program.”

Both Luria and Donalds noted that the U.S. currently cannot produce HALEU.

“As an engineer who operated nuclear reactors in the Navy, I saw firsthand that nuclear power is safe and can play a key role in securing our energy independence and clean energy future,” Luria said. “I am proud to introduce the Fueling Our Nuclear Future Act. My legislation will boost America’s domestic energy production and ensure that the United States a global leader in nuclear energy technology.”

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“As the next generation of advanced nuclear reactors begin to be licensed for widespread commercial deployment, securing a domestic supply of high-assay, low-enriched uranium (HALEU) is of particular importance,” said Donalds. “In order to promote America’s nuclear leadership role and to further our country’s ultimate intention of becoming energy independent, the federal government must step in to provide the necessary support and resources to establish the capability of producing HALEU in America—instead of solely relying on Russia for our domestic HALEU supply. I’m thankful to work across the aisle on a bipartisan basis to introduce the Fueling Our Nuclear Future Act which provides vital federal support to combat the ongoing HALEU dilemma.”

The bill was sent to the U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology and the Energy and Commerce Committees. So far, there is no companion bill over in the U.S. Senate.

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    Originally from Jacksonville, Kevin Derby is a contributing writer for Florida Daily and covers politics across Florida.

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