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ANS works on behalf of its members to advocate for policies that advance nuclear science and technology. In Washington, D.C. and at the state level, ANS looks for opportunities to support policies that advance nuclear science in medicine, energy, education, and aerospace. ANS works in a variety of ways to encourage policies that recognize the benefits nuclear science and technology brings to our lives.


ANS Public Policy Members-Only Video Webinar
Nuclear Waste Environment in the U.S. and the Nuclear Waste Administration Act Overview

Thursday, June 27 | 2:30 pm EST 

On Thursday, June 27, ANS Nuclear Waste Policy Task Force Chair Steve Nesbit provided testimony for a hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The purpose of the hearing was to examine options for the interim and long-term storage of nuclear waste and to consider S. 1234, the Nuclear Waste Administration Act of 2019. 

Register to participate in a follow-up, ANS members-only webinar at 2:30 pm ET when Steve will be part of a roundtable discussion panel recapping the morning events. 

Joining Steve will be: 

  • Paul Dickman, ANS Government Relations Committee chair 
  • Rod McCullum, senior director – Decommissioning and Used Fuel at NEI 
  • Craig Piercy, ANS Washington representative 

This video webinar is free for ANS members only, and registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


ANS Nuclear Waste Task Force

ANS formed the Nuclear Waste Task force in 2019 to interact with policymakers, government representatives, and the public on spent fuel and high-level radioactive waste management issues.

The issue of nuclear waste policy is of paramount importance for the nuclear technology community.  Effective radioactive waste management is necessary to allow for the application of nuclear technology.  In particular, this refers to restricting the development of advanced reactors which would provide reliable, carbon-free energy if the waste issue is not sufficiently addressed.

ANS Nuclear Waste Policy Task Force Chair Steve Nesbit will be providing testimony for a hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Thursday, June 27. The purpose of the hearing is to examine options for the interim and long-term storage of nuclear waste and to consider S. 1234, the Nuclear Waste Administration Act of 2019.



International Policymaking

ANS has partnered with other international nuclear societies and organizations to support the clean energy benefits of nuclear energy on the worldwide stage. This year, ANS Past President Donald Hoffman represented ANS at the International Congress on Advances in Nuclear power Plants in Juan les Pins, France, where he signed the Clean Energy Declaration along with 40 additional nuclear societies. The Declaration called for policymakers to commit to doubling public investment in nuclear-related R&D and innovation within the next five years.

Weeks later, ANS presented the signed Declaration to the ministers of the Clean Energy Ministerial in Vancouver, Canada. The annual CEM Ministerial meeting is the only high-level political engagement where ministers gather to establish clean energy priorities, put forward innovative policies, and adopt concrete measures to accelerate the deployment of clean solutions and where the work is carried through year-round CEM initiatives and campaigns.


ANS Special Committee on Advanced Reactor Policy

In support of advanced reactor technologies, ANS formed a Special Committee on Advanced Reactor Policy (SCARP) in 2018 to conduct a survey of existing advanced reactor-related legislation and policy proposals which best represent the consensus position of the U.S. nuclear community. In their activities, the Committee was tasked to do the following:

  • Examine the role of consensus standards to accelerate advanced reactor licensing and development;
  • review current federal policies in law, regulation, public pronouncement and practice;
  • examine the previous recommendations of government departments, advisory groups, national laboratories and non-governmental organizations;
  • solicit input from advanced reactor developers, congressional members and staff,
    executive branch officials, regulators, and other experts and key opinion leaders.



The ANS Nuclear Policy Wire is pleased to announce our newest initiative, the Nuclear All-Stars series! We’ll be interviewing some of nuclear’s biggest advocates in Congress to chat about upcoming legislation and why nuclear is important to them.


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