December 09, 2020 Feature

X. Nuclear Energy

J. Bradley Fewell

A. Introduction

On the administrative front, the makeup of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or Commission) changed slightly with the addition of Commissioner Christopher T. Hanson, who was sworn in as Commissioner on June 8, 2020. On the legislative front, this report period saw continued focus on advanced nuclear technology and nuclear waste. The most noteworthy judicial case this year involves a challenge to NRC’s position on Agreement States and low-level waste disposal. Continued attention to new reactor licensing and issuance of the first subsequent license renewals (SLRs) marked the Commission’s regulatory and policy agenda. Finally, the Commission has had to address unique challenges presented by the coronavirus global pandemic.

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