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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Ask Your Rep to Support U.S. Nuclear Exports

Your representative is a member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, which will soon be voting on a bill to reform the approval of  U.S. civilian nuclear exports.

This is important legislation. Currently, U.S. nuclear suppliers are facing intense competition from state-owned enterprises in countries like Russia and China. They need a streamlined export approval process that distinguishes between sensitive technologies like enrichment and reprocessing and basic, LWR-based systems which are widely available in the global marketplace.

Congressman Bill Johnson (R-OH) recently introduced the Advancing U.S. Civil Nuclear Competitiveness and Jobs Act. His bill allows the Secretary of Energy to delegate approval to technical experts and creates expedited procedures to export low-proliferation-risk reactor technologies.

The U.S. risks ceding its nuclear leadership and influence on security and safety around the world, and erosion of our supply chain here at home, if we can't compete on international nuclear projects in a timely fashion.

As a nuclear expert and constituent, we urge you to contact your representative and ask them to support American competitiveness in civil nuclear exports.

Craig Piercy
ANS Washington Representative

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