Senator Casey’s Bill to Invest in Low-Emission Steel Research and Development

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) this week introduced the Steel Upgrading Partnerships and Emissions Reduction (SUPER) Act to establish the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) first research and development (R&D) program focused on low-emission steel production to strengthen American manufacturing. As new research and development are needed to accelerate and scale up low-emissions technologies, the SUPER Act would promote plans to reduce emissions for steel manufacturing and develop strategies to maintain American competitiveness.

“American workers can outcompete anyone in the world if they are working on a level playing field. This legislation would not only take a step forward to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but also promote new, cutting edge technologies to ensure the American steel industry remains competitive. We must make these investments in domestic manufacturing and American workers while improving the health of our communities and combatting the climate crisis, which will strengthen American economic and national security, lower costs for families, provide good-paying jobs to American workers and ensure that we can make things here in America,” said Senator Casey.

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The SUPER Act establishes new, crosscutting steel manufacturing programs and initiatives at DOE, including efforts to apply R&D on new production methods and public-private partnerships to commercialize and promote new low-emissions technologies. It would also direct DOE to develop a 5-year strategic plan to support research, development and demonstration to make technological advancements.

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