WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.) introduced bipartisan legislation to ban imports of Russian uranium.
The bill is the Senate companion to H.R. 1042, which was introduced last month by U.S. Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), chair of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce (E&C), and Bob Latta (R-Ohio), chair of the E&C Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.
“Enriched uranium is key to unlocking the boundless potential for clean and reliable nuclear energy. Just as importantly, it’s a pillar of American national security. Unfortunately, the U.S. lacks capacity to fully produce enriched uranium, and it has resulted in an unsafe reliance on Russia—a bad actor who could cut off uranium exports to us at any time,” said Risch. “I am proud to work with Manchin and Barrasso on legislation to increase uranium production in the U.S., reduce dependence on Russia, and diminish Russian domination of the global nuclear fuel supply chain.”
“Every dollar we give to Russia supports Putin’s brutal war on Ukraine,” said Barrasso. “America’s nuclear industry is ready to transition away from Russian uranium. Wyoming has the resources we need to boost production at home. The first step is permanently removing all Russian energy, including uranium, from the American marketplace. By banning Russian uranium imports we can further defund Russia’s war machine, help revive American uranium production, and increase our national security.”
“Russia invaded Ukraine one year ago, and Putin’s energy war still shows no signs of slowing down. Russia’s invasion completely changed the way natural gas and oil are bought and sold around the world, and the potential for even more supply disruptions — this time to our nuclear energy supply chain — is only increasing. This bill would help ensure that American nuclear energy companies aren’t reliant on Russian imported uranium fuel and send a strong message to the world that the United States doesn’t need to rely on Putin for the materials we need to power our country,” said Manchin.
On February 15, 2023, Risch, Barrasso, Manchin, Barrasso, and Risch introduced the Nuclear Fuel Security Act. The bill would ensure a domestic supply of nuclear fuel for America’s existing and advanced reactors.
On March 25, 2021, ENR held a hearing that highlighted opportunities to strengthen U.S. competitiveness in nuclear energy, including by reinvigorating our domestic nuclear fuel supply chain.
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