🔑 Key Points
- The U.S. is a historic leader of nuclear energy research and development, but it’s losing ground to foreign competitors. The VTR would rekindle U.S. nuclear innovation, enabling tests of reactor fuels, materials, sensors, and other components.
- The VTR could stimulate the American economy, aid in reducing carbon emissions, and facilitate scientific partnerships between universities, industry, and national laboratories.
- U.S. allies want to test advanced reactor components without having to go to Russia. The VTR would provide the U.S the foothold needed to reenter the global stage as a leader in the civil nuclear industry, while providing the means for allied nations to ensure their energy independence and security.