Senator Rankin, bill
sponsor, presented Senate Bill 22-073. The bill requires the Office of
Economic Development to study the feasibility of using small modular nuclear
reactors as a carbon-free energy source for the state. The study must consider
the policies, economics, safety, reliability, and environmental impacts
of the use of small nuclear reactors as outlined in the bill. The bill
requires the General Assembly to appropriate $500,000 from the General
Fund for the study. Witness testimony on the bill was heard at the February
15, 2022 meeting.
Amendment L.001 and L.002 were distributed (Attachments C and D).