This bill is a hodgepodge of measures that will make everything that’s bad about nuclear energy even worse. Among other things, the bill would:
- Expand uranium mining through the creation of a domestic uranium reserve. It does nothing to require federal agencies to mitigate the well-established environmental harms of uranium mining and milling practices, nor to require prompt and thorough reclamation and cleanup of mines and other nuclear facilities.
- Create a 10-year subsidy for about half of the nuclear reactors in the country. Such a subsidy would crowd out investment in renewable energy, which unlike nuclear power is a real solution to climate change.
- Introduce other harmful nuclear technologies, including reprocessing and more highly enriched uranium. Both increase nuclear weapons proliferation risks.
- Do nothing to regulate the nuclear industry for climate change, earthquakes, or similar risks.
The American Nuclear Infrastructure Act does virtually nothing to curb the dangers of nuclear power. It worsens the environmental justice issues related to nuclear and extends a lifeline to this obsolete and dying industry at the expense of renewables, which are the real answer to the climate crisis.
The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works will take up the bill on Wednesday, so we have to act fast. Tell your senators to OPPOSE the American Nuclear Infrastructure Act today.
The bill hasn’t been introduced in the House yet, but if it comes to that we’ll keep you in the loop. In the meantime, please tell your senators to oppose the American Nuclear Infrastructure Act today.
Thanks for all you do!
The NIRS Team