National security, energy experts call for support of U.S. nuclear industry
"Without a steady pipeline of skills, innovation, and products, our country will have limited capacity to compete.
"While open and competitive markets are not the norm in all countries where U.S. nuclear power companies seek to do business, they are commonplace in America.
"From time-to-time unfavorable market conditions make it difficult for even the strongest providers to compete. At the point where these market conditions severely impair our national security interests, action is required.
"The Department of Energy and our broader U.S. Government are developing and implementing the necessary and appropriate actions to help support the nuclear power sector while the industry regains strength.
"IP3 applauds the U.S. government's focus on behalf of our national security and economic interests.
"While the United States excels in nuclear energy technologies, safety, security, and efficient operations, our country continues to suffer from the realities of a declining nuclear power sector
"Plants are closing, and with no current plans for replacement, atrophy is inevitable.
"This comes at a time when many countries are pursuing nuclear energy programs and will need assistance from current nuclear suppliers to enable development and operation. The active countries include the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, and others.
"As many experts have long highlighted, if the U.S. continues to decline in nuclear energy, American companies will keep losing international business to other countries.
"At this time, Russia is dominating these deals. Because nuclear reactor design, construction, and operations carry forward for decades, this positions Russia as a strong force in influencing the geopolitics and energy infrastructure of countries importing their nuclear energy offerings.
"It also deprives the United States of the intimate working relationships that are crucial to ensuring high safety and security standards and preventing proliferation risks.
"IP3 supports policy action on this subject as an issue that the U.S. government must address imminently, and welcomes recent indications that it is taking action to do so.
"Finding effective ways to promote the American nuclear industry is both a national security and an economic imperative for both our public and private sector leaders." ■