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Nuclear, Clean Energy Programs Boosted in Spending Deal (1)

Dec. 16, 2019, 11:59 PMUpdated: Dec. 17, 2019, 3:10 AM

Clean energy, advanced nuclear power, and fossil fuel research would all see increased spending under a fiscal 2020 budget deal unveiled Dec. 16.

Nuclear energy research and development would see a $167 million hike to $1.49 billion total under the spending agreement headed for consideration by the House and Senate later this week. The fiscal 2020 energy and water spending also would include $230 million to start an advanced nuclear reactor demonstration program, of which $160 million would go to build two advanced nuclear reactors.

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who chairs the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, ...