This afternoon, the NAM and the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) co-hosted a press event to release a study comparing the nuclear export control regimes of the United States and four other leading nuclear supplier countries. Prepared by Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, the comparative study shows that the U.S. licensing regime for commercial nuclear exports is (1) more complex and difficult to navigate, (2) more restrictive, and (3) significantly less efficient than the counterpart regimes of Russia, France, Korea and Japan.
The study concludes that these greater burdens on U.S. commercial nuclear exporters impose a competitive disadvantage against their international competitors.
At the NAM, we believe our country has the tools to bring about a manufacturing renaissance. We just need the right policies to make it happen.
With 68 nuclear reactors currently under construction worldwide and another 160 ordered or planned, manufacturers in the U.S. are racing to be the suppliers of the world’s nuclear energy needs—but they can’t win the race if their shoes are tied together. We’re happy to partner with NEI on today’s study and hope this is the first step toward easing many of the regulatory barriers that impact the domestic nuclear energy industry’s competitiveness.
You can learn more about the press conference and the study at NEI’s website here.
Ross Eisenberg is vice president of energy and resources policy, National Association of Manufacturers.