The US Nuclear Fuel Working Group and Its Strategy to Restore American Nuclear Energy Leadership

The US Nuclear Fuel Working Group was established in July of 2019 because the Trump Administration believes that America is losing its competitive global position as the world leader in nuclear energy and technology to state-owned enterprises, including Russia and China, and other competitor nations also aggressively moving to surpass the United States.

In April, the working group established the “Strategy to Restore American Nuclear Energy Leadership.”

The strategy recommends:

• Taking immediate and bold action to strengthen the uranium mining and conversion industries and restore the viability of the entire front-end of the nuclear fuel cycle.

• Utilizing American technological innovation and advanced civil nuclear RD&D investments to consolidate technical advances and strengthen American leadership in the next generation of civil nuclear technologies.

• Ensuring that there will be a healthy and growing nuclear energy sector to which uranium miners, fuel cycle providers, and reactor vendors can sell their products and services.

• Taking a whole-of-government approach to supporting the U.S. nuclear energy industry in exporting civil nuclear technology in competition with state-owned enterprises.

DOE’s press release for the strategy can be found here.

The full report can be found here.