White House Office of Science and Technology Releases Year One Update

Earlier this month, the White House Office of Science and Technology released a report titled “Science and Technology Highlights In the First Year of the Trump Administration.” The report discusses the administration’s efforts to revitalize the U.S. nuclear energy sector. Please see nuclear energy highlights from the report below.

Reviving and expanding the domestic nuclear energy sector. During the Unleashing American Energy event in June, President Trump called for a “complete review of U.S. nuclear energy policy” in order to “revive and expand our nuclear energy sector.” The White House is leading the nuclear policy review, which includes a focus on restoring U.S. nuclear R&D capabilities and enabling innovation in the development and deployment of new reactors.”

Resuming operations of domestic nuclear test facilities. For the first time in 23 years, the U.S. Department of Energy has resumed operations at the Transient Reactor Test Facility (TREAT). TREAT is a crucial part of the nation’s nuclear R&D infrastructure, and provides the capability to test nuclear reactor fuels and materials under extreme conditions. Such testing can help to improve safety and performance of the current and future nuclear reactor fleet.”

A full copy of the report can be found here.

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