Jaro, what is your position?
Jeff Merrifield has been mentioned very few times on this forum. Merrifield was on BOTH panels for the s.2795 and H.R.4979 hearings last April. At the very end of the Senate hearing, he managed to squeeze in a mentioned of "molten salts." (I held my breath they'd avoid mention of specific fuel cycle and they did.)
Re: Terrestrial Energy engages with CNSC
jaro, Feb 25, 2016 10:23 am wrote:Terrestrial Energy Announces its Engagement with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
The Honorable Jeffrey Merrifield, former Commissioner at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said:
"Attentive industry observers will appreciate the significance of Terrestrial Energy's announcement - this is the first Molten Salt Reactor system to begin regulatory engagement with a western nuclear regulatory authority."
Former NRC Commissioner (1998-2007), Jeff Merrifield, Chairman, Nuclear Infrastructure Council—Advanced Reactor Task Force, in this letter
April 29, 2016 wrote:
Dear Chairman Upton, Ranking Member Pallone, Chairman Whitfield and Ranking Member Rush:
The U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council is writing to commend the Committee’s bipartisan support for advanced nuclear energy reactor innovation and development as manifested by H.R. 4979, the Advanced Nuclear Technology Development Act of 2016.
As the leading American business consortium advocate for new nuclear energy and the promotion of the U.S. supply chain globally, we believe that trailblazing the advance of nuclear energy technology including Gen 3+, Small Modular Reactors, Non-Light Water Reactors, Advanced Reactors and Fusion Reactors is one of the key imperatives for U.S. market competitiveness and is vital to maintaining the U.S. lead in technology innovation, safety enhancements, energy security and carbon reduction.
To this end, we welcome the focus of H.R. 4979 on supporting the continued use of the current fleet of nuclear reactors and enabling the development of advanced nuclear reactor technologies by enhancing accountability in the NRC’s budget and fee programs as well as ensuring that the Commission develops a modern, technology neutral framework that allows for the phased and expedited licensing of advanced reactor technologies. This legislation follows a number of the key recommendations that were included in the Advanced Reactor White Paper that NIC issued on February 22, 2016.
We applaud the Committee for quickly moving forward on this legislation and we stand ready to provide our assistance in support of its timely passage.
Please note that while these views represent the consensus of the U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council, they do not necessarily represent the views of individual member companies.
Flibe Energy is a member of NIC. Signing The Advanced Nuclear Technology Development Act of 2016
into law would help Flibe Energy develop and commercially deploy its design specifically aimed at the pure thorium fuel cycle, as well as MSR designs for capabilities not possible with solid-fueled designs, as far as I can tell.