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Reported to Senate without amendment (09/27/2010)

(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.)

Nuclear Energy Research Initiative Improvement Act of 2009 - Amends the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to direct the Secretary of Energy to: (1) conduct research to lower the cost of nuclear reactor systems; and (2) develop and publish on the Department of Energy (DOE) website a schedule outlining a five-year strategy to lower such cost effectively, including public workshops to provide an opportunity for public comment.

Includes among research subjects: (1) modular and small-scale reactors; (2) balance-of-plant issues; (3) cost-efficient manufacturing and construction; (4) licensing issues; and (5) enhanced proliferation controls.

Authorizes appropriations for FY2011-FY2015.