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FORMULATION OF A POSSIBLE ADVANCED REACTOR LEGISLATIVE
STRATEGY AND PROPOSAL
LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVES TAKEN TO DATE
A number of initiatives have been taken to date regarding the
formulation of legislation to support in various ways the DOE
advanced nuclear reactor program. Among the more prominent of
these are bills that have been introduced by Sen. Johnston (D-La)
and Rep. Udall (D-Az) as well as a draft bill put togethei- by the
nuclear industry and that could be introduced by Rep. Stallings
(D-Id). These legislative initiatives are attached to this
The Johnston bill, which was introduced in the Senate last year
(Johnston is planning to introduce a new version shortly), recog-
nizes an important role for nuclear fission in supplanting fossil
energy. It therefore calls on DOE to conduct a comprehensive R&D
program for nuclear power generation, and authorizes some appro-
priations for such a program although the funds authorized ($500
million) appear woefully inadequate and would amount to less than
a third of the cost of a lead demonstration MHTGR or LMR.
Moreover, in past statements presenting the bill Johnston has
asserted that the light-water reactor needs to be replaced, but
this bias is not reflected in the text of the bill per se.
The Udall proposal, which was introduced both last year and this
year, calls for the development of a new plan to carry out a
"standard reactor program," implicitly recognizing the importance
of advanced U.S. reactor technology in helping meet future U.S.
energy needs. However, the bill is detailed and prescriptive in
nature in specifying the criteria that future reactors would have
to meet, the text is explicitly pejorative about current light
water reactors, and it sets forth new conditions for the DOE pro-
gram but is silent on the authorization of funds, etc. It places
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