Legislation from Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) would cement a number of Trump administration recommendations to bolster nuclear energy, and, in turn, uranium mining. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee chairman’s legislation comes just days after an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcement made in uranium-rich Wyoming that is expected to ease mining restrictions on the substance. The legislation is designed to spur the development of advanced nuclear reactors, which though not yet commercially viable, are expected to be smaller and more scalable as well as safer. But nuclear power, though carbon free, is controversial among environmentalists both because of the risks tied to security and nuclear waste, as well as the cost.
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