Daily on Energy: Senate boosts Bill Gates-backed Wyoming nuclear plant versus reliance on Russian uranium

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A CLOSER LOOK AT THE MANCHIN-BARRASSO AMENDMENT: A bipartisan NDAA amendment that won near-unanimous Senate approval yesterday would establish a domestic nuclear fuel program aimed at ensuring continued access to enriched uranium, key to existing nuclear plants and advanced nuclear projects, and ending U.S. reliance on Russia.

The legislation, introduced by Sen. Joe Manchin and Sen. John Barrasso and approved in a 96-3 vote, directs Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm to establish a program to expand U.S uranium conversion and enrichment capacity. (It’s also a boon for Barrasso’s home state… more on that below).

Why it’s a priority: Russia is a major source for enriched uranium and the only source of commercially available high-assay low enriched […]

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