On February 29th, the House unanimously passed H.R. 4084, the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act. The energy bill seeks to support federal research and development, as well as stimulate private investment for advanced nuclear technology. It was introduced by Energy Subcommittee Chairman Randy Weber, along with Full Committee Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson, and Chairman Lamar Smith.
On February 24th ASP sent a letter of support for the bill, signed by CEO BGen. Stephen A. Cheney USMC (Ret.) on behalf of the Board of Directors and cosigned by the Business Council for American Security’s Chairperson Dante Disparte and Chair of the Fusion Advisory Committee Nathan Gilliland on behalf of General Fusion.
In the letter, the Board states that “HR 4084 bolsters public-private partnerships among nuclear scientists…The results could have profound implications on nuclear fission and fusion research and significantly increase the speed of progress while also lowering cost and waste, increasing efficiency, and moving the United States to an exponentially more secure energy future.”
H.R. 4084 is a positive step toward securing American nuclear energy capabilities, and exemplifies the progress of American innovation.