Are We on the Right Track?

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is pursuing a consent-based approach for spent nuclear fuel interim storage facilities. DOE already issued a request for information (RFI) asking feedback on the consent based siting process, removing barriers for meaningful participation, and the role of interim storage. DOE also announced a funding opportunity to provide resources to the interested communities to learn about the consent-based siting and management of spent nuclear fuel. Following the funding opportunity announcement, DOE recently announced $26 million in funding for groups of university, nonprofit, and private-sector partners that will work with communities interested in DOE’s community-centered approach to storing and disposing of spent nuclear fuel. This panel will discuss the status of DOE's consent-based siting related activities, past activities in this area, and provide insight on the path forward in the light of past experiences.


  • Natalia Saraeva (U.S. Dept. of Energy)
  • Jessica Lovering (Good Energy Collective)
  • Monica C. Regalbuto (INL)
  • Bruce Montgomery (NEI)


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