Representatives Kinzinger and Doyle Introduce the ‘NUKE’ Act

March 2, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Congressman Mike Doyle (D-PA) introduced H.R.1320, the Nuclear Utilization of Keynote Energy’ (NUKE) Act.  The legislation puts in place a framework for Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) fees to increase transparency and provide long-term certainty for nuclear plants. The bill also provides greater transparency and certainty in the licensing process for new plants, calls for reports on other issues facing the nuclear energy industry, and requires the NRC to begin a rulemaking process on decommissioning, giving the public a voice in the process. 

On introducing the legislation today, Congressman Kinzinger released the following statement:

Nuclear power is incredibly important for the district I represent, and for the country. Across Illinois, nuclear contributes nearly $9 billion annually and the four plants in my district employ over 3,500 people. I’ve visited these plants and know we need to make the regulatory process more efficient and transparent. I’m excited to introduce our bipartisan legislation today. The NUKE Act will create more certainty for nuclear plant operations, without compromising safety, and encourage greater investment for the next generation of nuclear power.”

Recent reports have found the NRC to be inefficient, and such uncertainty in the regulatory process threatens existing plants as well as investments in new plants. This legislation addresses the inefficiencies in the regulatory process.

Congressman Doyle released the following statement:

“Nuclear energy is vital for providing our constituents with reliable power; in fact, it’s our country’s largest source of carbon-free electricity. As we seek to reduce emissions in our fight against climate change, I believe it’s important for the federal government to facilitate future investment in nuclear power generation and ensure that the plants which are currently operating can stay online for years to come. This bill would do so without compromising the government oversight needed to ensure such facilities are built and operated safely.”