Kinzinger introduces bill to modernize nuclear technology permits, licensing

Congressman believes nuclear power key to ‘diverse energy supply’

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, reintroduced legislation he believes will streamline and increase the efficiency of nuclear technology permitting and licensing decisions.

Known as House Resolution 1578, the Nuclear Licensing Efficiency Act strives to establish updated procedures and timelines for environmental and safety evaluations necessary to make timely permitting and licensing decisions. The bill also expands fee reforms to cover nuclear fuel facilities, ensures a more cost-effective regulation of the nuclear supply chain and improves the efficiency of advice to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission by the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards.

The bill builds on the recent efforts by Congress to modernize nuclear fees and licensing procedures, according to Kinzinger’s office.

“At a time when we so desperately need to work together and meet in the middle to solve our problems, energy policymaking is no exception,” Kinzinger said. “The recent weather storms have been a great reminder of how important it is to have a diverse energy supply, as well as a reliable source of baseload power. We need to have a safety net when other sources struggle – and time and time again, a substantial portion of that safety net has been nuclear power. We need an all-of-the-above strategy, one that I have advocated for a long time, and one that has worked in our state of Illinois.”

In 2019, Kinzinger sponsored HR 1320, the Nuclear Utilization of Keynote Energy Act, which was signed into law. The Nuclear Licensing Efficiency Act aims to reinforce these efforts and ensure a safe and strong future for American nuclear power, Kinzinger said.