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This brief presents the case for continued investment in the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program (ARDP) to ensure the successful deployment of advanced nuclear energy technologies. It discusses the many benefits that a successful ARDP brings with it and why continued investment should be prioritized. More specifically, the following topics and benefits are discussed:

  1. Providing new commercial use cases for advanced nuclear energy
  2. Creating benefits for other advanced nuclear energy projects
  3. Accelerating U.S. NRC licensing of advanced nuclear reactors
  4. Attracting private capital
  5. Creating high quality jobs both locally and nationally. 

This letter, signed by NIA and other organizations, requests that the US. House Appropriations Committee provide an additional $3 million in FY 2025 for the EPA's Office of Radiation and Indoor Air to develop a new, technology-neutral, generic protection standard that reflects modern, international practices and that would apply to future high-level nuclear waste disposal facilities as authorized by the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982. 

This brief provides an overview of recent events that have taken place in the advanced reactor ecosystem, as of June 2024, with a focus on advanced reactor opportunities, deployment needs, and progress that has been made with respect to the following topics: licensing and regulation, federal legislation and fuel availability, industrial decarbonization, exports, early mover project risk sharing, and hydrogen production.

This report summarizes insights from a series of workshops conducted by The Nuclear Innovation Alliance (NIA) under Chatham House rules in 2023 and early 2024 to identify the factors inhibiting commitments to advanced nuclear energy projects and potential steps to accelerate such commitments. Through these workshops, we found that key factors holding back further commitments include the uncertainty in the ultimate project cost and the long and expensive development process for nuclear energy projects, including licensing. We identified potential actions by private-sector actors, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and Congress to accelerate commitments to additional advanced nuclear energy projects by reducing and sharing risks facing early mover projects. 


To view NIA's press statement regarding the publication of this paper, click here.  

This NIA Fact Sheet highlights the deployment timeline of selected advanced reactors projects supported by federal partnerships in the United States and expected advanced reactor engagement with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in FY2024.

The Urgency of NRC Reform

Judi Greenwald |

This brief authored by NIA Executive Director Judi Greenwald connects the role of advanced nuclear energy in meeting climate and energy security goals with the urgent need for NRC reform to enable advanced nuclear energy. It outlines the short-, medium- and long-term NRC reforms that are necessary to achieve that goal. It provides recommendations for action by Congress and the NRC and highlights several of NIA's recommendations for improving licensing efficiency. NIA developed this brief to serve as a guide for policymakers, the NRC itself, and key stakeholders in considering and then taking action to ensure the NRC can "become an agile, modern, risk-informed, and performance-based regulator to successfully meet this moment."

Washington D.C. Since 2016, The Nuclear Innovation Bootcamp (NIB) has enhanced the careers of students and young professionals working or looking to work in the advanced nuclear energy sector. As the demand for experienced leadership, new ideas, and professional development in this field continues to grow, NIB will be an increasingly important recruitment pipeline for diverse, creative, and energetic young talent.

Looking forward, NIB is preparing to embark on the next phase of its development by focusing on three core initiatives:

  • Strengthening its commitments to innovation education and increasing diversity in the nuclear energy sector
  • Expanding its engagement with a broader range of communities and industries
  • Recruiting talent from underrepresented disciplines and professions

Before embarking on these changes, NIB started by learning from those at the center of our program:
the 151 participants of our first six Bootcamps who now make up our alumni network. The information in
this report is largely based on survey results and interviews from this group. We hope that you will find
the information and stories below as motivating as we do.

NIA Research Director Patrick White presented an American Nuclear Society, Community of Practice Webinar on "Next Steps on 10 CFR Part 53: Updates on Developing a New Regulatory Framework for Advanced Reactors."

The webinar provided a history of nuclear regulation in the United States, the development process for 10 CFR Part 53, and updates on the current status and next steps for the new regulatory framework for advanced reactors. 

The presentation slides can be found here.