Nuclear Energy

Scholarly Publications

Particulate Plutonium Released from the Fukushima Daiichi Meltdowns

November 2020

A new study reveals particles that were released from nuclear plants damaged in the devastating 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami contained small amounts of radioactive plutonium. View full article

Dissolution of radioactive, cesium-rich microparticles released from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in simulated lung fluid, pure-water, and seawater

October 2019

Click here to view article Abstract: To understand the chemical durability of highly radioactive cesium-rich microparticles (CsMPs) released from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in March...

What Really Went Wrong at WIPP: An Insider’s View of Two Accidents at the Only US Underground Nuclear Waste Repository

July 2019

Within a 10-day period in February 2014, two accidents happened at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in New Mexico – the United States’ only underground repository for nuclear waste.

Other Publications

Reset of America’s Nuclear Waste Management Strategy and Policies

December 2018

The U.S. government has worked for decades and spent tens of billions of dollars in search of a permanent resting place for the Nation’s nuclear waste.

Hecker & Milani: Stop killing Iranian nuclear scientists

January 2015

CISAC's Siegfried Hecker and Abbas Milani note in this article for the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists that for merely working in their field of expertise, Iranian nuclear scientists face perils and...

Iran's Path to Nuclear Peace

January 2014

CISAC and FSI Senior Fellows Siegfried Hecker and Bill Perry write in this OpEd in The New York Times that Iran has little to show for its 50-year pursuit of a nuclear program.

News

Three major nuclear accidents, as seen by young American and Russian professionals

August 2020

Young American and Russian professionals examined three major nuclear accidents to assess the causes, responses and consequences. They worked across cultural and disciplinary divides and arrived at a...

If Trump and Biden agree there shouldn’t be a nuclear waste site at Yucca Mountain, can’t we all?

August 2020

Both have announced their opposition to building an underground repository to permanently store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. Now it's time for everyone else to accept that Yucca...

Being Clear-Eyed About Citizen Science in the Age of COVID-19

July 2020

An anthropologist explores the network of citizen monitoring capabilities that developed after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011 for what they might teach all of us about such...

Events

Molten-Salt and Salt-Cooled Nuclear Reactors: The Opportunities and Challenges Faced in Providing a Global Solution to Clean Energy

October 3, 2019

Seminar Recording: https://youtu.be/8JDHuY0HMCM  /*-->*/ Abstract: The motivation to develop nuclear energy waned in the latter part of the twentieth century.

Parallel power play: building nuclear cooperation in Argentina and Brazil

December 19, 2017

Abstract: In the fifty years following World War II, Argentina and Brazil constructed advanced nuclear energy programs that far outpaced those of other countries in Latin America.

A new perspective on nuclear waste management: facing the technical and social challenges of a complex science-policy issue

August 31, 2017

Abstract: Continuing social concerns over nuclear energy technologies still limit the application of long-term solutions to nuclear waste management in most countries.

Projects

Nuclear Risk Reduction

The Nuclear Risk Reduction initiative engages technical and policy experts to reduce nuclear risks by promoting collaboration between the United States and Russia, China and Pakistan.
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Chaim Braun Chaim Braun Affiliate
Pabian, Frank Frank Pabian Affiliate
Rebecca Slayton Rebecca Slayton Affiliate
Chris Dunlap Christopher Dunlap Affiliate
T Isaacs Thomas Isaacs Affiliate