The United States’ strategy for the storage and disposal of highly radioactive nuclear waste is at a stalemate: spent nuclear fuel accumulates at nuclear power plants, yet there is no long-term, national strategy for spent fuel management and disposal. A federal commission emphasized the urgency of finding a geologic repository, but work on the proposed site -- Yucca Mountain – has stopped and its fate is unclear. The political impasse has overwhelmed meaningful discussion of technical, risk management and other policy questions.
To inform efforts to reset the U.S. nuclear waste program, CISAC, with the support of FSI and the Precourt Institute for Energy, has convened a group of international experts to examine nuclear waste management strategies with fresh eyes.
Sally Benson – Precourt Institute and Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University
Peter Davies – Nuclear Energy and Fuel Cycle Programs, Sandia National Laboratories
Saida Laârouchi Engström – Strategy and Program, SKB, Sweden
Rod Ewing – CISAC and School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University
Bernd Grambow – Ecole des Mines de Nantes and SUBATECH Laboratory, France
Daniel Metlay – U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board
Mark Peters –Energy & Global Security Directorate, Argonne National Laboratory
Christophe Poinssot - French Atomic and Alternatives Energy Commission and the National Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology