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Carter introduces bill to strengthen U.S. nuclear industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (R-GA) today introduced the bipartisan Global Nuclear Energy Assessment and Cooperation Act, alongside Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA). This legislation will bolster the United States' nuclear energy sector while inhibiting our adversaries' nuclear capabilities, including both China and the Russian Federation. 

“Nuclear power and American innovation are cornerstones of a clean, reliable energy future,”
said Rep. Carter. “The Global Nuclear Energy Assessment and Cooperation Act will not only bolster our nuclear capabilities, but it will also counter Russian and Chinese expansion around the world. Additionally, it increases international cooperation to expand access to technologies developed by American inventors. It’s time for Congress to take up this important legislation and I thank Rep. Peters for his support.”

“Through the Global Nuclear Energy Assessment and Cooperation Act, the U.S. continues solidifying its clean energy leadership here at home and abroad,”
 said Rep. Peters. “The concrete steps outlined in this legislation, including the training of foreign nuclear energy experts and the establishment of a U.S. International Nuclear Reactor Export and Innovation Branch, will ensure we remain the world's leading developer of nuclear energy. I thank Rep. Carter for his leadership and collaboration in this space.”  

The Global Nuclear Energy Assessment and Cooperation Act will:

  • Promote better international cooperation and assistance relating to nuclear reactors;
  • Help build nuclear regulatory organizations or legal frameworks in other nations;
  • Counter strategic competitors like Russia and China; 
  • Prohibit the import of fuels from Russia, China, and other adversaries; and, 
  • Build up the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's international efforts by facilitating the issuing of licenses to import or export nuclear reactors. 

Read the bipartisan legislation here.