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David Victor, PhD
Professor of Innovation and Public Policy
University of California, San Diego

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Kim Petry, PhD
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition
US Department of Energy

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Erika Holt, PhD
Co-Coordinator of the Project “PREDIS: PRE-DISposal management of radioactive waste"
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.

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Dr. Cha Sung Soo
President & CEO
KORAD (Korea Radioactive Waste Agency)

It Takes Everyone! Melding Social, Political, and Physical Sciences for a Successful Radioactive Waste Management Program

Since the last IHLRWM conference, many countries have made significant progress in radioactive waste management. A common lesson learned is that tight communication between the social, political, and physical science experts is the key to success. In this plenary you will hear from some of the international leaders who have been successful merging these areas of communication in nuclear waste management. First, Dr. Erika Holt, representing the Finnish radioactive waste management program, will discuss the significant progress made in Finland to the point that the initial phase of the spent nuclear fuel geologic disposal facility is nearly complete and a license application to operate the facility has been submitted to the regulator. She will also discuss the plans for the European Union’s five-year strategic R&D plan and how that is shaped by the technical needs of both the technical and social science needs of the EU programs. Next, Dr. Cha Sung Soo will discuss the progress and status of the Korean program and their lessons learned during attaining their achievements. Then, Dr. David Victor, professor at the University of California, San Diego and Chair of California’s San Onofre Nuclear Plant Community Engagement Panel (CEP), will discuss his experience and lessons learned regarding community engagement, specifically focusing on effective communication between the technical communities and the public. To close it off, Dr. Kim Petry, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition for the US Department of Energy, will discuss the current direction and focus of the US nuclear waste program and what is needed to make it successful. There will be time at the end for a robust and energetic question and answer session with discussion between the audience and the panel members.


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