Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed an executive order May 16 aimed at advancing nuclear energy in the state. 

The order creates the Tennessee Nuclear Energy Advisory Council, a 15-member body which will include members of the Lee administration, the Tennessee General Assembly, Tennessee’s Congressional Delegation and key nuclear industry stakeholders. 

The advisory council plans to recommend the following actions:

-Legislative, policy and budgetary changes to address regulatory, workforce or education barriers that exist to the creation and expansion of nuclear energy facilities in Tennessee

-Funding opportunities for state government, local governments and the private sector

-Storage and waste practices that continue the state’s long history of conserving Tennessee’s natural resources

-Federal actions that Tennessee should pursue with federal partners and agencies

Gov. Lee previously partnered with the Tennessee General Assembly to create a $50 million Nuclear Fund in the state’s Fiscal Year 2023-2024 budget. The fund would provide grants and assistance to support nuclear power-related businesses that choose to relocate or grow in the state. 

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