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Idaho Senators Introduce Bipartisan Nuclear Energy Bill

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If passed, the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act could benefit the Idaho National Laboratory.

In Washington D.C., a bipartisan group of senators this week introduced a new piece of legislation dealing with nuclear energy, called the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act. Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo (R) and Sen. Jim Risch (R) introduced the bill with Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah (R), as well as Democratic senators Cory Booker of New Jersey and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.

In a release, the group says the goal of the bill is to make it easier for national nuclear laboratories to work with private companies. The senators say the legislation would fast-track the best technology for nuclear energy. Risch says the act would support a clean energy future, and the Idaho National Laboratory would benefit from the bill. Labs in Tennessee and Illinois were also listed in the press release.

There’s a companion bill in the House of Representatives, which has already made it through committee.

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Frankie Barnhill was the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast.