The American Nuclear Society joined seven other prominent nuclear organizations in submitting a letter to energy secretary Jennifer Granholm requesting that the Department of Energy establish an office dedicated to developing and managing an integrated nuclear waste storage, transportation, and disposal program. The letter asks that the new office report directly to the energy secretary.
Specifically, the office would do the following:
- Provide a focal point for work on spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste.
- Facilitate necessary engagement with external stakeholders.
- Demonstrate an intent and commitment to take meaningful action.
“We urge you to take this action immediately, particularly given the funding recently provided by Congress under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021,” the letter states.
The signatories: Joining ANS executive director and chief executive officer Craig Piercy in signing the May 3 letter to Granholm were Maria Korsnick, president and CEO of the Nuclear Energy Institute; Bud Albright, president and CEO of the United States Nuclear Industry Council; Paul Kjellander, president of the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners; Katie Sieben, chair of the Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition; Wayne Norton, steering committee chair for the Decommissioning Plant Coalition; Ron Woody, executive board chair of the Energy Communities Alliance; and Charles Fairhurst, member of the Science Panel of the Sustainable Fuel Cycle Task Force.