Dear Leader Schumer, Speaker Pelosi, and Leaders McConnell and McCarthy, We, the undersigned organizations, implore Congress to take action to strengthen U.S. national, economic, and energy security by passing legislation to assist in establishing a secure nuclear fuel supply. A prescription like that contained in the bipartisan International Nuclear Energy Act of 2022 (S. 4064) would be an important first step. This bipartisan bill would, in part, establish a Nuclear Fuel Security Program to enhance domestic production of low-enriched uranium for existing reactors and high-assay, low-enriched uranium for use in advanced reactors. We also support the Fueling our Nuclear Future Act of 2022 (S. 4066), which would accelerate the availability of High Assay Low Enriched Uranium for next-generation nuclear fuel and would spur the establishment of uranium enrichment and deconversion capability in the United States.
Our organizations are committed to working with the U.S. government to strengthen all stages of our nuclear fuel supply chain to establish a secure supply of uranium, uranium conversion, and uranium enrichment capabilities to meet needs of both today’s reactors and next-generation facilities. The establishment of a secure fuel supply will enable the U.S. to eliminate the import of uranium and related conversion and enrichment services from the Russian Federation.