42 U.S. Code § 16312 - Fusion energy sciences program

(a) Declaration of policy
It shall be the policy of the United States to conduct research, development, demonstration, and commercial applications to provide for the scientific, engineering, and commercial infrastructure necessary to ensure that the United States is competitive with other countries in providing fusion energy for its own needs and the needs of other countries, including by demonstrating electric power or hydrogen production for the United States energy grid using fusion energy at the earliest date.
(b) Planning
(1) In general
Not later than 180 days after August 8, 2005, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a plan (with proposed cost estimates, budgets, and lists of potential international partners) for the implementation of the policy described in subsection (a) in a manner that ensures that—
(A) existing fusion research facilities are more fully used;
(B) fusion science, technology, theory, advanced computation, modeling, and simulation are strengthened;
(C) new magnetic and inertial fusion research and development facilities are selected based on scientific innovation and cost effectiveness, and the potential of the facilities to advance the goal of practical fusion energy at the earliest date practicable;
(D) facilities that are selected are funded at a cost-effective rate;
(E) communication of scientific results and methods between the fusion energy science community and the broader scientific and technology communities is improved;
(F) inertial confinement fusion facilities are used to the extent practicable for the purpose of inertial fusion energy research and development;
(G) attractive alternative inertial and magnetic fusion energy approaches are more fully explored; and
(H) to the extent practicable, the recommendations of the Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee in the report on workforce planning, dated March 2004, are carried out, including periodic reassessment of program needs.
(2) Costs and schedules
The plan shall also address the status of and, to the extent practicable, costs and schedules for—
(A) the design and implementation of international or national facilities for the testing of fusion materials; and
(B) the design and implementation of international or national facilities for the testing and development of key fusion technologies.
(c) United States participation in ITER
(1) Definitions
In this subsection:
(A) Construction
(i) In general The term “construction” means—
(I) the physical construction of the ITER facility; and
(II) the physical construction, purchase, or manufacture of equipment or components that are specifically designed for the ITER facility.
(ii) Exclusions The term “construction” does not include the design of the facility, equipment, or components.
(B) ITER
The term “ITER” means the international burning plasma fusion research project in which the President announced United States participation on January 30, 2003, or any similar international project.
(2) Participation
The United States may participate in the ITER only in accordance with this subsection.
(3) Agreement
(A) In general
The Secretary may negotiate an agreement for United States participation in the ITER.
(B) Contents
Any agreement for United States participation in the ITER shall, at a minimum—
(i) clearly define the United States financial contribution to construction and operating costs, as well as any other costs associated with a project;
(ii) ensure that the share of high-technology components of the ITER manufactured in the United States is at least proportionate to the United States financial contribution to the ITER;
(iii) ensure that the United States will not be financially responsible for cost overruns in components manufactured in other ITER participating countries;
(iv) guarantee the United States full access to all data generated by the ITER;
(v) enable United States researchers to propose and carry out an equitable share of the experiments at the ITER;
(vi) provide the United States with a role in all collective decisionmaking related to the ITER; and
(vii) describe the process for discontinuing or decommissioning the ITER and any United States role in that process.
(4) Plan
(A) Development
The Secretary, in consultation with the Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee, shall develop a plan for the participation of United States scientists in the ITER that shall include—
(i) the United States research agenda for the ITER;
(ii) methods to evaluate whether the ITER is promoting progress toward making fusion a reliable and affordable source of power; and
(iii) a description of how work at the ITER will relate to other elements of the United States fusion program.
(B) Review
The Secretary shall request a review of the plan by the National Academy of Sciences.
(5) Limitation
No Federal funds shall be expended for the construction of the ITER until the Secretary has submitted to Congress—
(A) the agreement negotiated in accordance with paragraph (3) and 120 days have elapsed since that submission;
(B) a report describing the management structure of the ITER and providing a fixed dollar estimate of the cost of United States participation in the construction of the ITER, and 120 days have elapsed since that submission;
(C) a report describing how United States participation in the ITER will be funded without reducing funding for other programs in the Office of Science (including other fusion programs), and 60 days have elapsed since that submission; and
(D) the plan required by paragraph (4) (but not the National Academy of Sciences review of that plan), and 60 days have elapsed since that submission.
(6) Alternative to ITER
(A) In general
If at any time during the negotiations on the ITER, the Secretary determines that construction and operation of the ITER is unlikely or infeasible, the Secretary shall submit to Congress, along with the budget request of the President submitted to Congress for the following fiscal year, a plan for implementing a domestic burning plasma experiment such as the Fusion Ignition Research Experiment, including costs and schedules for the plan.
(B) Administration
The Secretary shall—
(i) refine the plan in full consultation with the Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee; and
(ii) transmit the plan to the National Academy of Sciences for review.

Source

(Pub. L. 109–58, title IX, § 972,Aug. 8, 2005, 119 Stat. 899.)

 

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