U.S. Representative Bob Latta (R-OH) recently led Republicans to introduce legislation that would require the U.S. Energy Secretary to complete a program to mine a uranium reserve in America made up of uranium produced and converted in the United States.
“The United States has lost its competitive edge in developing nuclear energy,” Rep. Latta said. “Relying on foreign nations to support the United States’ uranium supply will never guarantee a secure future, and the global conflict we are currently experiencing further underscores the critical importance of becoming energy independent.”
The National Opportunity to Restore America’s Uranium Supply Services Act of 2022, HR 7403, which Rep. Latta sponsored with seven original cosponsors, including U.S. Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY), Buddy Carter ( R-GA) and John Joyce (R-PA), would also require the secretary to establish a separate program to ensure the availability of produced, converted and enriched uranium in the United States, according to the text of the bill.
Also known as the NO RUSSIA Act of 2022, HR 7403 is the accompanying bill of the same name S. 3978, introduced March 31 by U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY).
“It is a sad reality that we have not kept pace with our allies and rivals in investing in nuclear power and building our ability to control all stages of the nuclear fuel cycle. This has been made abundantly clear in light of Russia’s despicable invasion of Ukraine,” Rep. Latta said. “That’s why I’m introducing the NO RUSSIA Act, which is critical to America’s energy independence. This bill will reduce America’s dependence on Russian uranium and support nuclear innovation here. , at home, in the United States.
HR 7403 would build on legislation Rep. Latta introduced in February 2021, the Nuclear Prosperity and Security Act, HR 1351, which would direct the Secretary of Energy to establish and operate a reserve of uranium to ensure the availability of mined uranium in the United States in the event of a market disruption and to support strategic fuel cycle capabilities in the United States, according to the summary of the Congressional record bill. HR 1351 remains under study in committee.