A blue ribbon commission will hold its first meeting March 25-26 in Washington, DC
A panel of nuclear energy experts appointed by the federal government will take up the issue of what to do with 60,000 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel. Appointed by Department of Energy Sec. Steven Chu, the 15 members of a Blue Ribbon Commission will look at a broad range of options for managing the material and related nuclear waste from the nation’s nuclear reactors.
The one choice they won’t have is to use Yucca Mountain in Nevada. That option is off the table. [White House – Presidential Memorandum]
The panel was appointed Jan 29 with the objective of coming up with solutions to dealing with spent nuclear fuel and nuclear waste. The “Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future” will conduct a comprehensive review for managing the back end of the nuclear fuel cycle.
Within 18 months it will produce a draft report on alternatives for storage, reprocessing, and disposal of civilian and defense spent nuclear fuel and nuclear waste. A final report is due in January 2012.
Read the full details of their agenda and some of the technology options at CoolHandNuke, a nuclear energy jobs portal and a whole lot more.
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