Policy Issues

ANS Nuclear Science & Technology Fundamentals Program


While overall support for nuclear energy in Congress grows stronger and more bipartisan every day, U.S. nuclear laws and policies are still shaped by common technical and scientific misperceptions that often lead to unnecessary delays and expense in developing and deploying new nuclear technology. The nuclear industry has done an excellent job of communicating a policy agenda to decision makers on Capitol Hill and the Executive Branch. However, through numerous interviews with congressional staff, we have identified a clear need for basic nuclear science and technology literacy on the Hill that is not provided by organizations substantially engaged in lobbying and advocacy activities.

The ANS Nuclear Science & Technology Fundamentals Program offers congressional staff a basic overview of nuclear science and technology and its applications in energy, medicine, and industry. The program, comprised of five 90-minute briefing sessions, is held in the House Energy and Commerce Committee room. These sessions are taught by select ANS members, chosen both for their subject matter expertise as well as their ability to communicate complex concepts to a bright, yet non-technical audience. The curriculum includes:

Session 1: The Basics of Radiation and Radioactivity
Session 2: How Nuclear Reactors Work
Session 3: The Nuclear Fuel Cycle from Front to Back
Session 4: Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime
Session 5: Medical and Industrial Uses of Nuclear Technology

Registrants who complete the program will receive an official certificate of completion from ANS, which they can subsequently reference on their resumes. Please contact us for more information and to participate in the program.

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