VOINOVICH ANNOUNCES TWO GRANTS TO OHIO UNIVERSITIES TO FURTHER NUCLEAR RENAISSANCE U.S. Senator George V. Voinovich announced that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has awarded two Curriculum Development grants to two Ohio Universities
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator George V. Voinovich (R-Ohio), a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), announced today that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has awarded two Curriculum Development grants to two Ohio Universities.
“With this funding, Ohio will continue to accelerate its efforts in growing the nuclear intellectual capital of our nation’s workforce, already one of the finest in the world,” Sen. Voinovich said. “It is critical that we develop the skills needed to support a continued nuclear renaissance, and I am proud The University of Cincinnati and The Ohio State University will each contribute to meeting our country’s needs for clean domestic energy.”
The grants were awarded to:
* The Ohio State University for $180,000 to support an application of full-scope nuclear power plant simulator in nuclear engineering courses.
* The University of Cincinnati for $118,342 to support a nuclear engineering track for undergraduate students in mechanical engineering technology.
As part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the NRC under the Nuclear Education Grant Program began funding up to $4.7 million in grants and other vehicles to institutions of higher education to support courses, studies, training, curricula and disciplines pertaining to nuclear safety, security or environmental protection. Any other fields that the Commission determines to be critical to the regulatory mission of the NRC are also eligible.
As former-Chairman and Ranking Member, and current EPW Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee member, Sen. Voinovich is committed to the safe and secure growth of nuclear power. The senator believes that without nuclear power we will not be able to reach our goal of reducing carbon emissions or provide the base-load electricity our growing country demands – and we will miss an amazing opportunity to strengthen our U.S. manufacturing base and create good paying jobs.
At a time when we are struggling to regain our economic footing, the domestic manufacturing industry has an incredible opportunity when it comes to nuclear energy, which offers thousands of well-paying jobs in all stages of development and production. Sen. Voinovich, along with Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), recently led a bipartisan congressional letter to President Obama requesting that the White House join them in hosting a nuclear energy summit to bring together key leaders, stakeholders and innovators to discuss and plan for America’s nuclear energy future.
For further information about the grant contact http://www.nrc.gov/about-nrc/grants.html