Representative Robert E. Latta (Republican – OH) proposed the bill on January 20, 2017.
The bill passed the House of Representatives by a verbal vote of at least 2/3 majority and was sent to the Senate on January 23, 2017.
No amendments have been made.
This act is intended to foster civilian research and development of advanced nuclear energy technologies and to enhance the licensing and commercial development these technologies.
No later than 1 year after the enactment of the Act, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will be required to submit a plan to Congress to developed a framework for advanced reactor licensing.
The plan will need to evaluate the following:
- Legal, regulatory, and policy issues;
- Options for licensing under present regulations;
- Options to speed up the licensing; options to expend codes and standards into advanced reactor framework to create efficiency;
- Options to make licensing more predictable;
- Options to allow license applicants to utilized phased review processes (this will reduce re-review and save time);
- How much modification of the existing NRC policy will be required to meet this plan;
- The role of licensing and how it will affect resources, staffing, and funding;
- Options for cost-sharing practices (i.e., the license applicant pays part of the costs).
The plan will need to include cost estimates and budget milestones by September 30, 2019. The plan also requires set milestones and a plan to recover from any milestone delays.
Jerry McNerney (Democrat – CA)
Charles J. Fleischmann (Republican-TN)
Michael F. Doyle (Democrat-PA)
Richard Hudson (Republican-NC)
Paul Tonko (Democrat-NY)