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new requirements on DOE but does not give the Agency new benefits
or greater flexibility to execute the R&D program.
The draft Stallings bill also advocates a significant role for nu-
clear energy in meeting future electric generating requirements,
and it leaves room in the DOE R&D program for all concepts that
represent improvements over currently deployed reactor techno-
logy, including the evolutionary advanced light-water reactor,
the simplified passive light-water reactor, and the more revolu-
tionary high-temperature gas-cooled reactor and the liquid metal
reactor. =However, the Stallings bill has few tangible goals,
simply requiring the Secretary of Energy to prepare an "overall,
integrated plan for the development of advanced nuclear
reactors," and to establish a technical panel on Advanced Nuclear
Reactor Development within the Energy Research Advisory Board
that would make recommendations on the advanced reactor plan and
the resulting R&D program.
POSSIBLE DESIRABLE CRITERIA FOR A BILL TO SUPPORT ADVANCED
- The bill would recognize (in preambular parts) the
importance of nuclear power in helping to meet U.S'. energy
needs - assuming reactors can be deployed and operated in
a safe, economic and environmental manner.
- The text should avoid any pejorative references to the
past performance or adequacy of existing light-water re-
actors. At the same time it should stress the importance
of continuing to advance U.S. reactor technology in the
interest of improving the safety, competitiveness and
attractiveness of nuclear power and preserving U.S.
technological leadership and international influence.
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Formulation of a possible advanced reactor legislative strategy and proposal, report, December 31, 1994; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc666171/m1/2/: accessed April 26, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.