Advanced Reactor Summit Spotlights Nuclear’s Latest Deployment Projects
Washington DC/Online - Next week, the United States Nuclear Industry Council (USNIC) welcomes thought leaders and industry influencers to the first online edition of the Advanced Reactors Summit VIII & Technology Trailblazers Showcase. The three-day summit, March 23-25, features the companies, customers and officials driving the future of nuclear energy in America and beyond...
USNIC Letter to President Trump on Rebuttal to New Mexico Governor Grisham on Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage
USNIC Elects New Board Members
The United States Nuclear Industry Council (USNIC) announced the addition of seven new members to its board of directors. This move expands the board from nine to fourteen, and brings a more diversified and expansive set of views into the organization's leadership structure.
U.S. Nuclear Industry Council Statement on Emergency Planning Requirements for Advanced Reactor Technologies
For a viable future, the U.S. advanced nuclear industry needs emergency planning requirements based on the improved safety characteristics of the new generation of advanced reactor technologies and the reduced radiation source term presented by these designs. An approach that could apply the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) modernized emergency planning requirements at the site boundary of these reactors would be fully protective of public health and safety, and allow advanced reactors to be regulated like industrial facilities that have similar levels of risk...
USNIC Releases Results of 2020 Advanced Nuclear Industry Survey
The U.S. Nuclear Industry Council has released the results of its 2020 Advanced Nuclear Survey of Developers. Seventeen Advanced Nuclear companies completed the entire survey in March 2020. Key policy issues facing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) were identified, as well as the characteristics of Advanced Reactors and the concerns of Advanced Nuclear Developers.
USNIC Fills Top-Level Management Positions
The U.S. Nuclear Industry Council's (USNIC) Executive Board is pleased to announce the appointment of the Honorable Clarence "Bud" Albright as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Council. Bud was previously serving as the Chairman of the USNIC Board since 2018. Albright is also the former Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy where he provided leadership for energy and environmental programs, including: energy research and development; demonstration and deployment; environmental cleanup; and legacy management and radioactive waste management. He was appointed by President Bush and was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Prior to joining the Department, Albright served as Staff Director for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce...
U.S. Nuclear Industry Council Letter of Support for The Nuclear Energy Research and Development Act
The U.S. Nuclear Industry Council, as the leading business consortium advocate for advanced nuclear energy and American nuclear energy exports globally, is writing to advise you of our strong and vigorous support for the Nuclear Energy Research and Development Act, H.R. 6097, and its goal of maintaining America’s unparalleled leadership in Nuclear Energy research and development, and to provide this vital clean energy technology in the U.S. and around the world...
U.S. Nuclear Industry Council Letter of Support for The American Energy Innovation Act of 2020 (AEIA)
The U.S. Nuclear Industry Council, as the leading business consortium advocate for advanced nuclear energy and American nuclear energy exports globally, is writing to advise you of our strong and vigorous support for the American Energy Innovation Act of 2020 (AEIA), S. 2657, and one of its goals of moving America toward first place on Nuclear Energy to provide this vital clean energy technology in the U.S. and around the world...
U.S. Nuclear Industry Council Response to DOE's Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program RFI
The U.S. Nuclear Industry Council (USNIC) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the Department of Energy (DOE) Request for Information (RFI) / Notice of Interest (NOI) on the Advanced Reactor Demonstration program. This document provides comments to assist the DOE in developing the appropriate program and contract solicitation language to encourage advanced nuclear reactors...
Statement by the U.S. Nuclear Industry Council on the FY2021 Presidential Budget Request
The United States Nuclear Industry Council (USNIC) applauds the general focus and key funding initiatives included in the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) Congressional Budget Request. This request includes a record $1.36 billion for the Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) with an added emphasis on developing advanced reactors and setting up a new reserve for domestically produced uranium...
USNIC Policy Brief - Advanced Nuclear Reactor Development Benefits from Versatile Test Reactor
To maintain U.S. global advanced nuclear leadership, it is important to have a versatile, high-energy neutron source. The U.S. Versatile Test Reactor (VTR) can provide that capability to accelerate research and test nuclear materials, fuel, and other components. The VTR can assist in developing innovative nuclear energy technologies that have inherent safety features, lower waste yields, the capability to consume waste materials, the ability to support both electric and non-electric applications, and other improvements over the current generation of reactors. Furthermore, the success of the VTR will advance the U.S. industry by not having domestic nuclear developers relying upon Russian or Chinese test facilities and allowing the U.S. to be a competitive international resource for irradiation and testing services. In addition, constructing the VTR will enable the U.S. government to demonstrate advanced reactor technologies...
Statement by the U.S. Nuclear Industry Council Regarding the passing of USNIC founder, president & CEO David Blee.
NRC's TVA Clinch River Early Site Permit and Emergency Planning Zone Decisions "A Watershed Moment" For Advanced Nuclear - Statement by the U.S. Nuclear Industry Council
Special Atomic Wings Lunch & Learn to Kick-off Advanced Reactors Summit VII & Showcase Events
A special edition of the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy Atomic Wings Lunch & Learn program on the afternoon of February 10, 2020, will serve to launch the Advanced Reactors VII and Showcase at the University of Tennessee in conjunction with Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Knoxville...
USNIC, ClearPath, Third Way Report Supports Right-Sizing EPZ for New Reactor Designs
The U.S. Nuclear Industry Council (USNIC), ClearPath and Third Way jointly released a report this week urging the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to approve a pending Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA) proposal for right-sizing Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) regulations for new reactor designs...
USNIC Hails Swift Action on Brouillette nomination to be Secretary of Energy
Statement by Hon. Clarence "Bud" Albright, Chairman, U.S. Nuclear Industry Council & U.S. Under Secretary of Energy (2007-2009)
Regarding the nomination of Hon. Dan Brouillette to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy. The nomination was favorably reported to the full Senate by the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on November 19, 2019...
Hinkley C, Wylfa Tour Caps Joint U.S.-U.K. Advanced Nuclear Mission
Regional summit meetings with the Welsh Government, Northern and Southern United Kingdom representatives rounded out a five-day, 12-person U.S.-U.K. nuclear energy mission following a two-day caucus at the Nuclear New Build 2019 (NNB2019) and nuclear energy policy and financial community briefings in London...
Nuclear Industry Delegation Barnstorms Clean Energy Ministerial
A 17-member U.S. nuclear energy industry delegation hit the ground running at the 10th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) in Vancouver.
The CEM10 and a companion 4th Mission Innovation meeting includes 26 Minister-level government officials as well as corporate leaders, international organizations, investors and researchers to advance clean energy...
USNIC joins industry groups Seeking Funding For Yucca, Consolidated Storage
USNIC: “Strong and vigorous support" for NELA to keep U.S. “nuclear energy capital of the world"
USNIC Featured at International SMR & Advanced Reactor Summit 2019
The U.S. Nuclear Industry Council (USNIC) will serve as the Plenary Chair for the Nuclear Energy Insider International SMR & Advanced Reactor Summit 2019 slated on April 2-3 2019 in Atlanta...
USNIC in the News: Nuclear Industry Renews Pressure on OPIC to Allow Financing for Foreign Projects
U.S. Nuclear Industry Council's letter asks agency to remove restriction as it transforms into new entity
March 1, 2019
Nuclear industry advocates are pushing the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation to reconsider the development agency's restriction against funding nuclear generation projects as OPIC consolidates with a U.S. Agency for International Development entity to form a new agency with a bigger budget.
In a letter sent Friday, the U.S. Nuclear Industry Council asked for the prohibition to be removed as OPIC transforms into the new U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, a federal entity that will have a maximum contingent liability of $60 billion. The new corporation could be operational as early as Oct. 1, according to OPIC...
USNIC in the News: Early Design Work to Begin on Versatile Test Reactor After DOE Approval
Department acknowledges need for a fast-spectrum test reactor, which U.S. nuclear energy developers support
March 1, 2019
The national laboratories will be moving forward with development of a conceptual design for a versatile test reactor, after the Energy Department determined there is a need for a research reactor in the United States with fast-spectrum irradiation capabilities to help test advanced nuclear fuels, sensors and other equipment...
David Blee, president and chief executive of the U.S. Nuclear Industry Council, said Thursday that the move is "vitally important to the next wave of advanced nuclear," especially for the developers working on advanced materials and other attributes...
Clean Energy Talks, Career Fair Kick-off AR Summit VI at UC San Diego
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) new Clean Energy Talks series and a University of California San Diego-led Career Fair with scholars from the college's world renown Jacobs School of Engineering launched a three-day Advanced Reactor Summit VI in California.
Advanced Reactors Summit Trailblazer Awards to Honor Energy for Humanity, Nuclear Titan Series, GAIN Initiative At Summit VI at University of California San Diego (Jan. 29-31)
Energy for Humanity, a key global advocate for solving environmental challenges and enabling universal access to modern energy services, will receive the 2018 Advanced Reactors Summit Trailblazer Award at an awards reception at the Summit VI in recognition of its work in espousing technology-inclusive solutions in pursuit of the "fastest, most cost-effective, most feasible outcomes for people and nature..."
USNIC Regarding the passage of S. 512, the Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act (NEIMA)
The passage of NEIMA is a watershed moment for regulatory reform and licensing modernization for U.S. advanced nuclear energy leadership and the current operating fleet...
Key Nuclear Stakeholders Urge Funding for Yucca Mountain Licensing Review and Consolidated Interim Storage
Four leading national organizations are calling for "urgent action" on funding of crucial nuclear waste management program activities related to Yucca Mountain licensing review and consolidated interim storage before the current Congress adjourns...
Fission, Fusion Nexus explored at Advanced Reactors Summit VI
Beyond Advanced Fission: The Nexus with Fusion Technologies will be a featured discussion with world class innovators and developers during the Advanced Reactors Summit VI symposium at UC San Diego on January 29-31.
Both advanced nuclear fission and fusion technologies face common challenges for advanced and innovative technology development, with one of the biggest challenges being materials to accommodate extreme operating conditions from high temperatures to corrosion to tolerance of high levels of radiation induced damage. The panel will highlight fusion systems under development and common challenges and joint opportunities for addressing these challenges...
Dr. Sama Bilbao y León, Nuclear Energy Agency's Technology Head to Lead Advanced Reactors Summit VI Global Perspectives Focus
The new lead for the Nuclear Energy Agency's Nuclear Technology Development and Economics Division Dr. Sama Bilbao y León will headline the Advanced Reactors Summit VI at UC San Diego's "Global Perspectives" panel discussion at the January 29-31 symposium. The discussants will include leading international entities. NEA Director-General William D. Magwood, IV, provided the International Keynote at the AR Summit V at Texas A&M...
Nuclear Energy Career Fair With UC San Diego Engineering Students and Leading Companies Slated at Advanced Reactors Summit VI
The Advanced Reactors Summit VI at the University of California San Diego has partnered with UC San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering to feature a Nuclear Energy Career Fair with leading students from one of the world's top programs for engineering, technology and computer sciences. The Career Fair includes the school's corresponding affiliate programs: Corporate Affiliates Program; Center for Energy Research; and Office of Research Affairs...
Principal NASA Power and Propulsion Technologist To Address Space Applications and Advanced Nuclear At AR Summit VI @ University of California San Diego
Lee Mason, a lead technologist for the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA), will provide a special Trailblazers address at the Lee Mason, a lead technologist for the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA), will provide a special Trailblazers address at the Advanced Reactors Summit VI & Showcase @ UC San Diego in January...
USNIC Boosts Atomic Wings Series
The U.S. nuclear energy fleet and its pivotal importance to jobs, exports and clean energy leadership was the focus of a recent Atomic Wings Lunch & Learn for Members of Congress, Hill Staff and Industry on Capitol Hill...
USNIC Advances U.S. Industry Outreach at Asian Nuclear Energy Summits
"Sustaining and Advancing Nuclear" in the Pacific Rim and "Renaissance Expectations and Opportunities in India" were the themes of the 21st Pacific Basin Nuclear Conference (PBNC) and India Nuclear Business Platform held in San Francisco and Mumbai, respectively, in October...
New Canadian Nuclear Safety Commision President & NRC Commissioner Featured at U.S.-Canada Nuclear Energy Exchange.
60+-company U.S.-Canada industry delegation joins leadership summit.
Newly appointed President and CEO of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) Rumina Velshi and the recently U.S. Senate-confirmed Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Commissioner David Wright will provide a featured regulatory and safety keynote at a U.S.-Canada nuclear energy leadership summit on August 28-29 in Toronto...
ClearPath, USNIC Applaud House Energy Advancing HA-LEU, NRC Modernization Bills
WASHINGTON, JULY 12, 2018 -- ClearPath Action and the U.S. Nuclear Industry Council (USNIC) applaud House Energy and Commerce Committee approval of two bills that would spur deployment of advanced nuclear technologies...
Nuclear Industry Council Joins ClearPath in 4-point Plan for U.S. Fuel Supply for Advanced Nuclear Energy
USNIC Diary - Advanced Nuclear Energy Will Power Rural Communities & Defense Facilities
Nuclear Industry Delegation Briefs Capitol Hill on Commercial Exports
Washington, DC - A seven-member U.S. nuclear energy industry consortium addressed key Legislative and Executive Branch policymakers and industry influentials this week at a Special Capitol Hill Briefing...
USNIC Named to DOE Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee
The U.S. Nuclear Industry Council (USNIC) has been appointed to the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee (NEAC).
The DOE's Office of Nuclear Energy announced the new appointment this week of 13 new science, business and nuclear industry leaders to the advisory committee...
Statement by the U.S. Nuclear Industry Council - On President's Trump directive to U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry "to prepare immediate steps to stop the loss" of power grid resiliency and resources
We welcome the President's continued recognition of the geostrategic importance of American nuclear energy leadership as well as the multi-faceted consequences inherent in the premature closings of nuclear plants that have been a cornerstone of U.S. energy and national security, economic prosperity and clean energy leadership. The sustained viability of the current nuclear energy fleet is also vital to advanced nuclear energy deployment and the vibrancy of the U.S. supply chain, which are trailblazing a new generation of commercial nuclear technology innovation and economic competitiveness...
Statement by the U.S. Nuclear Industry Council Regarding the swearing-in this week of new U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Commissioners Annie Caputo and David Wright and the confirmation by the U.S. Senate of Commissioner Jeff Baran for a new five-year term
Given the importance of the NRC’s mission – and critical pending issues such as licensing modernization and reform, an in-progress small modular reactor design certification and ongoing new plant construction at Vogtle, among others – we wholeheartedly applaud the NRC’s return to a full complement of five Commissioners after an unprecedented three and a half-year hiatus.
We congratulate the commissioners on their long-overdue and long-awaited Senate confirmations...
U.S. House Advanced Nuclear Bills Garner Plaudits from Nuclear Energy Industry Panel
The U.S. Nuclear Industry Council (USNIC) praised the House Energy and Commerce Committee on advancing four bills "to address key challenges facing America's nuclear energy industry at a hearing this week on legislation addressing development, regulation and competitiveness of advanced nuclear energy technologies."
North American Nuclear Energy Industry Sounds Confident Note on SMR Deployment, Supply Chain Readiness
A series of prominent speakers at a May 15-16, 2018 Ready4Nuclear workshop with a capacity crowd of key Western U.S. and Canadian suppliers expressed optimism regarding emerging advanced Small Modular Reactors (SMR) deployments at the Idaho National Laboratory and the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories...
USNIC Leads Future New Build Focus at Asia Nuclear Platform
250 global nuclear energy stakeholders from over 90 companies gathered in Shanghai in May for the 6th annual Asia Nuclear Business Platform (ANBP), which featured 60 speakers including China's State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation; Japan's Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry; UAE's Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation; and Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy...
Statement by the U.S. Nuclear Industry Council On the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendment Act (H.R. 3053) by a vote of 340 – 72 on May 10, 2018.
The overwhelming, bipartisan support for long overdue tangible action on the Yucca Mountain national repository and consolidated storage is good news for nuclear energy, American taxpayers and the 121 communities in 39 states with stranded commercial spent fuel or defense waste in need of a final disposal solution...
Key U.S. Nuclear Groups Urge Strong, Bipartisan Support for Waste Policy Act Amendments Legislation
Four leading nuclear energy organizations led by the Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition have urged U.S. House of Representatives leadership to ensure that H.R. 3053, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2018, receives strong, bipartisan support in upcoming floor consideration. Letter cosignatories include the American Nuclear Society, Decommissioning Plant Coalition and the U.S. Nuclear Industry Council.
USNIC Names Three New Senior Fellows: Supply Chain, D&D/Transportation, Fusion/Medical Isotopes
USNIC welcomes the addition of three new USNIC Senior Fellows who will be expanding the Council's forte, expertise and initiatives in several key arenas...
Statement by the USNIC Regarding Secretary of Energy Rick Perry's Announcement of $60 Million for U.S. Industry Awards in Support of Advanced Nuclear Technology Development
USNIC Co-Sponsors Millennial Nuclear Caucus at General Atomics-led Program
Nuclear innovation and Millennial perspectives were featured topics at a Millennial Nuclear Caucus presented jointly by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Atomics (GA) in San Diego on April 20...
Western U.S. and Canada Nuclear Suppliers Workshop Highlights Opportunities, Networks, Deployment @ INL (May 15-16)
The fourth in a series of Ready4Nuclear regional nuclear suppliers workshops is slated for May 15-16, 2018 in Idaho Falls, home to the Idaho National Laboratory and the planned NuScale Power advanced nuclear Small Modular Reactor (SMR). The workshop’s focus is key Western U.S. and Canadian suppliers and regional supply-chains...
Advanced Reactors Summit V @ Texas A&M Salutes Terrestrial Energy’s Advanced Nuclear Achievement
The Advanced Reactors Summit V & Showcase has honored Terrestrial Energy with the Summit’s inaugural Trailblazer Special Achievement Award at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at the Texas A&M campus in College Station...
U.S. Energy Under Secretary, NRC Commissioner, NEA Director-General Headline AR Summit V
Three key U.S. and global leaders in the advanced nuclear policy, regulatory and international spheres will be keynoters at the Advanced Reactors Summit V and Showcase slated for February 20-22 at Texas A&M...
Key State Regulatory Commissioner to Receive Trailblazer Award at Advanced Reactors V & Showcase at Texas A&M
State of Georgia Public Utility Commission official Tim Echols will be honored with the Advanced Reactors Summit's Trailblazer Award at a reception at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum on Wednesday, February 21, at the Texas A&M campus in College Station...
USNIC Partners With NEI, NIA on Joint Recommendations For Streamlining New Plant Licensing Critical to U.S. Nuclear Leadership
The U.S. nuclear industry provided four key recommendations to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission detailing how it can streamline licensing of advanced reactors to ensure American leadership in nuclear energy...
USNIC Urges Steps on DOE Waste Management Program
Citing growing concern over lack of U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) progress in re-establishing the Nation's civilian nuclear waste management program, the U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council outlined executive action options to re-establish the statutorily established Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM), nominating a director and using an estimated $10 million in carryover funding to make preparations to restart the Yucca Mountain licensing process...
INMM-USNIC Symposium Takes 360-Degree Look At Global Spent Fuel Management: DOE, NRC Join Keynotes
Leading representatives from international, U.S. government, industry and academic enterprises will focus on spent fuel management globally at the 33rd Spent Fuel Management Seminar on January 23-25 presented by the Institute for Nuclear Materials Management (INMM) in partnership with the U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council...
NRC Commissioner Burns to Address AR Summit V & Showcase @ Texas A&M
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairman-Emeritus and current Commissioner Stephen Burns will provide a Special Address on the agency's initiatives to the Advanced Reactors Technical Summit and Trailblazers Showcase at Texas A&M on February 20-22...
Advanced Nuclear Loan Guarantees Indispensable to U.S. Innovation and Commercialization:
Trifecta for Taxpayers, American Nuclear Energy, Jobs and Exports
The U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council (USNIC) reiterated its strong support for maintaining the Energy Policy Act of 2005 Title XVII funding for advanced nuclear loan guarantees in a letter to key U.S. Senate and House appropriators as legislators begin final discussions on reconciling their respective bills...
USNIC Joins Nuclear Energy Industry Delegation To U.S.- Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Roundtable.
The U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council (USNIC) was one of 18 U.S. industry, National Laboratory and academic representatives named to present at a two-day Civil Nuclear Energy Roundtable in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on December 17-18...
Top Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Official To Address Advanced Reactors Summit V at Texas A&M
The Chief Regulatory Operations Officer for the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Ramzi Jammal will present on the Commission's advanced reactors initiatives at the Advanced Reactors Summit V at Texas A&M on February 20-22, 2018. Jammal, who also serves as the Commission's Executive Vice President and Chief Regulatory Operations Officer, will be a featured discussant on a licensing reform and modernization forum that also includes former NRC Commissioner Jeffrey Merrifield, who heads the USNIC's Advanced Reactors Task Force, as well as NRC's Director of Advanced Reactors John Monninger...
Millennial Nuclear Caucus Slated for AR Summit V @ Texas A&M
The Millennials for Nuclear and the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy will hold a "Millennial Nuclear Caucus" as part of the Advanced Reactors Summit V and Technology Trailblazers Showcase at Texas A&M on February 20-22, 2018.
USNIC Touts North American Advanced Reactors Initiative at Energy Ministerial
The U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council (USNIC) was among a group of 30 companies and organizations participating in the North American Energy Ministers Interactive Discussion with the Private Sector, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy on November 14, 2017 in Houston, Texas.
The goal of the Discussion was to discuss the future of North American energy as a driver of economic and energy security in the Western Hemisphere and identify opportunities to strengthen domestic and collective energy security and economic prosperity through trilateral cooperation with Canada and Mexico...
6th Asia Nuclear Business Platform Names USNIC to Lead U.S. Pavilion
The U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council (USNIC) has once again been named the U.S. Pavilion lead for the 6th edition of Asia Nuclear Business Platform (ANBP) which will be held at The Marriott Shanghai, China, 9-10 May 2018. The USA pavilion will showcase American companies at ANBP 2018.
USNIC Opines at ClearPath-led Capitol Hill Colloquy on China and the Clean Energy Innovation Race
The U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council joined a panel of clean energy proponents at a November discussion on "whether China is already winning the clean energy race against the U.S. and, if so, what can be done here to catch-up."
Nuclear Energy Career Fair With Texas A&M Nuclear Engineering Students and Leading Companies Slated at Advanced Reactors Summit V & Showcase
The Feb. 20-22, 2018, Advanced Reactors Summit V & Showcase at Texas A&M will feature an inaugural Nuclear Energy Career Fair with 100 top students from the Texas A&M University Department of Nuclear Engineering...
USNIC: Swift FERC Action Needed to Address Threat to U.S. Grid Resiliency, Bow Wave of Premature Nuclear Baseload Retirements
Calling U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposed Grid Reliability and Resilience Pricing Rule “a logical first step”, the U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council urged “final, timely action” by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to enact the measure...
USNIC Comments for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Grid Reliability and Resilience Pricing Rule - Docket No. RM18-1-000
Millennials for Nuclear Launch Initiative on Human Capital and Nuclear Energy
Meeting the challenge of human capital for the future of U.S. nuclear energy is the focus of a discussion series being inaugurated by the Millennials for Nuclear (M4N) with a kick-off planned in conjunction with a U.S. Department of Energy-organized Millennials Day on October 19 in Washington DC...
Industry, National Labs Advance Manufacturing Innovation at Nuclear Apex
An "Eureka Moment", additive manufacturing, cyber security, accelerating technology, "Smart Fuel" and supply chain networks were omnibus topics at an inaugural Summit & Showcase of one hundred key nuclear energy executives and thought leaders held in Idaho Falls this week from October 2 - 4...
Statement by the U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council on Secretary Perry’s Urging of FERC to Take Swift Action to Address Threats to Grid Resiliency
USNIC Joins U.S. Industry Delegation at 61st IAEA General Conference
A 29-member company industry delegation, including the U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council, capped a three-day program in Vienna, Austria for the annual meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conference from September 18 - 22.
The U.S. Industry Delegation was organized under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration...
Special Business Opportunity for Idaho Nuclear Suppliers at the Nuclear Energy Advanced Manufacturing & Supply Chain Summit & Showcase
The October 3-4 Advanced Manufacturing & Supply Chain Innovation in Nuclear Energy Leadership Summit sponsored by the U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council (USNIC) in conjunction with the Idaho National Laboratory has been expanded to include a special Idaho Showcase for Idaho-based nuclear energy suppliers on a space-available basis.
USDOE Advanced Methods for Manufacturing Program to follow the USNIC Advanced Manufacturing & Supply Chain Innovation Summit & Showcase
USNIC Nuclear Energy Industry Trade Delegation Engages with Top Canadian Government and Industry Officials
A 30-member U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council (USNIC)-led nuclear energy industry mission to Canada met with senior government, political and industry officials as it kicked off its week-long, multi-site tour in Ottawa.
USNIC Helms Nuclear Energy Industry Mission to Canada
The U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council (USNIC) will lead a nuclear energy industry mission to Canada in conjunction with the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industry (OCNI). The mission is slated for the week of August 28.
USNIC Statement regarding the US Senate's confirmation of U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairman Kristine Svinicki for a new term on the Commission by a vote of 88-9
NIC in the News: Nuclear Booms in Asia as New Reactor Ideas Flourish in U.S.
by Llewellyn King (InsideSources)
The need to curb carbon in the air, to service a growing world population and the surging cities are impelling nuclear forward. At the annual summit meeting of the U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council (NIC) in Washington, this future was laid out with passion: Nuclear power is experiencing a growth spurt but not in the United States and Western Europe, except for Britain.
Nuclear demand is high where air pollution is at its worst and where economic activity is fast and furious — in Asia generally, and in China and India in particular.
USNIC AR Task Force Chairman Merrifield's Delivers Presentation on The Way Forward for Advanced Reactors at the NRC-DOE Workshop on Advanced Reactors
USNIC Advanced Reactors Task Force Chairman, Jeff Merrifield, addressed the NRC-DOE Workshop of Advanced Reactors today (4/25/17) on "The Way Forward for Advanced Reactors: Industry Progress, Challenges & The Road Ahead.” The presentation included the survey results for the Council’s Ad Hoc Technology Owner’s Group on the DOE program.
For Jeff Merrifield’s presentation, click here
USNIC to Testify at U.S. House Hearing on Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act
Washington DC -- The Chair of the US Nuclear Infrastructure Council's Backend Working Group, Steven Nesbit, will present industry's views on the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017 at a US House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee hearing on Wednesday, April 26. Mr. Nesbit is Director of Nuclear Policy and Support for Duke Energy Corporation.
The USNIC Backend Working Group issued a Charting a Path Forward Issue Brief in March 2017, which called for urgent action by the Congress, the Trump Administration and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) under Energy Secretary Rick Perry to re-establish the basic foundational elements of a comprehensive program for used nuclear fuel and high-level waste storage and disposal.
The House Subcommittee on Environment hearing will focus on the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017 discussion draft, which advances "practical reforms" to the Nation's nuclear waste management policy to ensure the federal government meets its obligations to dispose of used nuclear fuel and high-level waste.
USNIC Lauds Long-Warranted Senate Legislation To Reform and Modernize NRC Licensing
Washington DC – In a letter to Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works leadership today, the U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council applauded bipartisan support for advanced nuclear energy progress and development advanced by the Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act (S. 512).
Urgent Action Needed by Congress and DOE to Address Growing Costs, Stakes From Political Impasse over Nation's Nuclear Waste Management Program
Citing growing costs to U.S. taxpayers in the billions of dollars and mounting collateral impacts on American nuclear energy, the U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council (USNIC) called for decisive, swift and tangible action by the Congress, the Trump Administration and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) under Energy Secretary Perry to enact a comprehensive program for used nuclear fuel and high-level waste storage including immediate steps to re-establish the DOE's "vacated" Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management; re-engagement by the DOE in the ongoing NRC Yucca Mountain review; and enactment of supporting legislative provisions...
USNIC to Lead American Pavilion at 5th Annual Asia Nuclear Business Platform
Washington DC - The U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council (USNIC) has once again been named the American Pavilion sponsor and a co-organizer for the 5th annual Asia Nuclear Business Platform (ANBP) to be held May 16th to 18th, 2017 at the Novotel Shanghai in China.
More information on the USA Pavilion is available here.
The conference provides a comprehensive rundown and outlook on the nuclear energy industry globally and in Asia where well over 50 percent of new civil nuclear construction is projected to occur. The U.S. Department of Commerce has granted Trade Fair Certification to the 2017 meeting...
Nuclear Energy "Critical Positions" For The Next Administration
The U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council has outlined 65 federal government positions over 15 departments, agencies and commissions as "critical positions" for the nuclear energy industry in the Trump Administration.
The list includes the Departments of Energy, Commerce, State and Interior as well as the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, National Nuclear Security Administration, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Office of the President.
The Nuclear Energy "Critical Positions" roster includes three new proposed positions -- a Special Envoy for Nuclear Energy in the Office of the President along with restoration of a stand-alone Director of Nuclear Energy Policy at the National Security Council and a Special Envoy for Nonproliferation at the Department of State. The Director of Nuclear Energy Policy position was terminated by the National Security Council in July.
The "Critical Positions" list was developed in consultation with the USNIC Special Transition Task Force. While the list represents the consensus views of the Council, it does not necessarily reflect the individual views of special member companies.
MOU promotes stronger ties between U.S. and Canadian nuclear suppliers.
The U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council (USNIC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCI). The MOU was signed by Mr. Robert Wilson, Chairman of USNIC, and Dr. Ron Oberth, President and CEO of OCI, at the close of the two-day Special Summit on Global Nuclear Energy Markets in Washington, DC on July 12 and 13 organized by USNIC... This USNIC-OCI MOU outlines several ways that USNIC and OCI can work together including identifying nuclear project opportunities in the USA, Canada, and other countries on which OCI and USNIC members can bring their complementary capabilities in achieving good project outcomes. The USNIC-OCI MOU will also facilitate collaboration and innovation among U.S. nuclear and Canadian nuclear suppliers and research organizations in furthering the development and deployment of advanced reactors and small modular reactors.
NIC Advanced Reactors Task Force letter commenting on the NRC's proposed Advanced Non-Light Water Reactor Design Criteria which was submitted to the NRC.
Joint letter signed by the USNIC, ANS, Third Way and NEI supporting the continuation of the Director of Nuclear Energy Policy position at the NSC amid "informed reports that the White House is contemplating the elimination of the position..."
NIC's Advanced Reactors Task Force Chairman Jeffrey Merrifield's opening statement and prepared testimony delivered on April 29 before the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power's hearing on "H.R. 4979, the Advanced Nuclear Technology Development Act of 2016 and H.R.___, Nuclear Utilization of Keynote Energy Policies Act.”
NIC's Advanced Reactors Task Force Chairman Jeffrey Merrifield's testimony delivered on April 21 before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety hearing entitled, "Enabling Advanced Reactors and a Legislative Hearing on S.2795, "the Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act."
NIC Advanced Reactors Task Force Chairman touts senate bill S.2795 (The Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act) for licensing modernization and NRC accountability.
U.S. & Turkey Nuclear Industry Councils Sign Agreement for Cooperation
Two leading global nuclear business consortiums -- the Nuclear Industry Association of Turkey (NIATR) and the U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council (USNIC) -- have executed a bilateral Memorandum of Understanding to develop cooperative activities between the nuclear industries of the two countries.
New independent review raises safety issues with sending weapon grade plutonium to WIPP
High Bridge Associates, Inc. performed an assessment of technical parameters and estimated costs for the US DOE surplus plutonium disposition program for the WIPP and MOX alternatives. This included an analysis of the adequacy of the WIPP to accept significant quantities of surplus weapons plutonium in addition to those legacy transuranic (TRU) wastes already committed for storage in the repository… A series of safety and regulatory concerns were identified for the DOE/NNSA plan to store tons of plutonium not originally planned for emplacement in the WIPP repository. The most serious concern is that the plutonium packaging endorsed by the DOE will be crushed over time as the salt chambers in WIPP close up, creating a high likelihood of an uncontrolled criticality.
Sweeping Advanced Reactor Licensing Modernization Proposed
Washington DC -- Former U.S. NRC Commissioner Jeffrey S. Merrifield called for a comprehensive new framework for Advanced Reactor licensing reform in an issue brief outlined at the National Press Club today (2/23/16). Merrifield, who served two terms with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, chairs the Advanced Reactors Task Force of the U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council...
USNIC letter sent to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittees on Energy and Water Development regarding urgent action on comprehensive spent fuel & HLW management & FY2016 Appropriations.
As the Congress moves to develop consensus on FY2016 appropriations beyond the present Continuing Resolution, it remains crystal clear that urgent action is needed to re-establish a comprehensive program to manage the Nation’s growing inventories of spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste – as well as to provide a path forward for the backend of the fuel cycle for the present fleet and pave the way for new nuclear energy plants required for U.S. energy independence...
Final Independent Review Shows MOX Best Path Forward
High Bridge Associates, Inc. (High Bridge) performed an Independent Review of the Department of Energy’s Aerospace April 13, 2015 LCCE Report TOR-2015-01848 Plutonium Disposition Study Options Independent Assessment. The purpose of this review was to provide an objective analysis of the approach/process used by Aerospace, and of the results contained in its Assessment of the April 2014 Plutonium Working Group (PWG) Report of Disposition Options for the MOX Option and Dilute and Dispose Option Life Cycle Cost Estimates (LCCE). High Bridge performed an additional independent Review of the August 13, 2015 DOE Red Team Final Report of Plutonium Disposition Options. This September 21, 2015 document is the independent review of the Red Team report. Links to the final report, executive summary (note that is does not address the Red Team response which was written beforehand) and response to the MOX Red Team are below.
Washington DC – U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary of Energy for Nuclear Energy John Kotek and the Chairman of the U.S. House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Energy Randy Weber (R-TX) will keynote a Special Summit on Global Nuclear Energy Markets on July 21-22 in Washington DC.
High Profile Businesses to Descend on Cumbria
The U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council in conjunction with UK Trade & Investment is leading a number of high profile international business delegates to the UK to learn more about the major strides Cumbria is making in the nuclear industry, particularly the nuclear new build at Moorside and decommissioning at Sellafield.
Independent Review Pokes Holes in Aerospace MOX Numbers
High Bridge Associates, Inc. (High Bridge) performed an Independent Review of the Department of Energy’s Aerospace April 13, 2015 LCCE Report TOR-2015-01848 Plutonium Disposition Study Options Independent Assessment. The purpose of this High Bridge task was to provide an objective analysis of the approach/process used by Aerospace, and of the results contained in its Assessment of the April 2014 Plutonium Working Group (PWG) Report of Disposition Options for the Option 1 MOX Fuel Project and Option 4 Downblend Life Cycle Cost Estimates (LCCE). Links to the final report and executive summary are below.
The U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council (USNIC) has advised the Senate Committee on Armed Services’ leadership of its “vigorous opposition” to pending amendments to the NDAA adding new regulations for nuclear exports to certain countries with naval propulsion programs.
The U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council (USNIC) was tapped for a 17-company U.S. delegation to the Second Japan-U.S. Decommissioning and Remediation Fukushima Recovery Forum held in Tokyo on April 9-10, 2015.
The U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council (USNIC) has been named the American Pavilion sponsor and a co-organizer for the third annual Asia Nuclear Business Platform to be held April 23rd and 24th, 2015 at the Asia World Expo in Hong Kong.
Ten Leading Generation IV advanced nuclear reactor developers will summit on technology and process innovation at the Advanced Reactors Technical Summit II on February 11-12 in Lowell, Massachusetts. Keynoters include U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy Dr. John Kelly; U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chief of the Advanced Reactors Branch Anna Bradford; nuclear pundit Llewellyn King, a national syndicated commentator, columnist and television producer; and UMass Lowell Vice Provost Dr. Julie Chen.
USNIC Statement on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee's (EPW) potential consideration of the nomination of Jeffery M. Baran without a full hearing to be a Member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for a term ending June 30, 2018.
Huntington Ingalls Industries showcased its nuclear capabilities to a USNIC nuclear supply chain industry delegation during a tour of the company's Newport News Shipbuilding division on Thursday, Nov. 6.
HII hosts USNIC nuclear sulply chain industry delegation.
Photo courtesy of HII
Special Session Caps WNE USA Pavilion Activities - A USA Pavilion-led session focusing on American nuclear energy technology development was among the featured highlights of the inaugural gathering of key international nuclear energy principals at the World Nuclear Exhibition (WNE). The U.S. session was sponsored by the U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council (USNIC). It included reports on Plant Vogtle new build; Gen 3+ and small reactor developments; and the MOX Fuel Fabrication Facility.
WNE USA Pavilion Showcases American Supply Chain - The U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council-led (USNIC) USA Pavilion at the World Nuclear Exhibition 2014 (WNE) in Paris hit the ground running at the inaugural global gathering of key international players in the nuclear energy community.
Statement by the U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council - Regarding the release by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) of the pivotal Volume 3 Safety Evaluation Report on repository safety after permanent closure pertinent to the U.S. Department of Energy’s pending license application for the operation of Yucca Mountain as the Nation’s national repository for commercial fuel and high-level waste. Link...
NIC SMR Mapping Initiative to be featured at ATI Supply Chain Summit - The U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council's (NIC) generic supply chain mapping campaign for small modular reactors (SMRs) will be featured at a special session on Tuesday, October 7, in conjunction with the 2nd ATI Nuclear Supply Chain Summit in Birmingham, Alabama. Link...
Statement by the U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council - Regarding the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) approval today of a Final Rule on continued spent fuel storage and the ending of the suspension of final licensing actions for nuclear plants and renewals. Link...
USNIC Working Group Launches Small Modular Reactor Supply Chain Mapping Initiative.
The U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council (NIC) has deployed a campaign to develop a generic supply chain map enveloped from available design concept information from member company small modular reactor (SMR) designers. Link...
USNIC Environmental Management Task Force Statement on WIPP: "WIPP is an indispensable national resource."
Regarding U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Ernie Moniz's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) town meeting and surface tour this past week. Link...
Edward Davis, Senior NIC Fellow: EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan Needs to Strengthen The Role of Nuclear Energy Emission Free Generation Link...
EIA Deputy Administrator Howard Gruenspecht and former NRC Commissioner and Barclays Capital Managing Director James Asselstine headline a one-day Special Summit on Nuclear Energy Economics organized by the U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council on Wednesday, July 23 in Washington DC. Link...
NIC is named to the Advisory Council for the Bipartisan Policy Center's (BPC) new program, America’s Nuclear Future: Taking Action to Address Nuclear Waste. The BPC will hold four regional public events during the 18 month long initiative. Link...
David Blee, the executive director of the NIC, served as a the keynote speaker at January 2014 meeting of
the Chicago Local Section of the American Nuclear society. Along with White House Chronicle host Llewellyn King, he excited Chicago ANS members about the future of nuclear energy. Link...