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President Biden has officially signed a bipartisan bill that seeks to increase the nation’s nuclear power capabilities.

The new legislation, signed on Tuesday, aims to streamline the licensing process for new nuclear reactors and reduce the fees companies must pay. By doing this, lawmakers say this will create more nuclear power plants and help modernize others around the United States.


Supporters & Critics of the bill:
Supporters of this bill is a significant step forward for the nuclear power industry, promising to increase the use of this climate-friendly option. Senator Tom Carper, who crafted the legislation, said in a statement, “Today is a momentous day for our climate and America’s clean energy future. This bipartisan law will strengthen our energy and national security, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and create thousands of new jobs while ensuring the continued safety of this zero-emissions energy source.”

Critics of the bill have raised concerns about the potential risks of being reliant on nuclear power. These concerns primarily focus on safety issues and the challenges of nuclear waste management. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib called the bill “poison pills that undermine nuclear safety.”

Digging Deeper:
The United States has 93 active nuclear power plants. These plants generate approximately 20% of the nation’s electricity, powering around 28 million homes.


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