Blue Ribbon Commission report focuses on process

September 12, 2011, 6:00AMANS Nuclear CafeSteve Skutnik

Last month, the Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) on America's Nuclear Energy Future released its long-awaited full draft report to Secretary Chu, based upon the findings of each of its subcommittees. Several nuclear bloggers offered their thoughts on the draft summary of the BRC recommendations when they were posted back in May. Since that time, the release of the full draft report expands upon earlier BRC recommendations, which largely focused upon centralized interim storage for spent nuclear fuel until a new permanent geological repository can be sited.

Nuclear Waste Policy Recommendations from Blue Ribbon Commission

May 18, 2011, 6:00AMANS Nuclear CafeJim Hopf

On May 13, the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future released its draft conclusions and recommendations. Despite its more general sounding title, the commission's work mostly concerned the nuclear waste issue. It was created by President Obama's administration primarily to investigate alternatives to the proposed Yucca Mountain repository, after the administration moved to shut that program down. While the commission did release some recommendations on other issues such as advanced reactors and Fukishima, this post will focus on its recommendations concerning nuclear waste policy.

Audeen Fentiman testifies before the Blue Ribbon Commission

November 16, 2010, 10:09PMANS Nuclear Cafe

On November 15, Audeen Fentiman testified before the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future (BRC).  The BRC was established by U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu in January 2010 to provide recommendations for developing a safe, long-term solution to managing the nation's used nuclear fuel and nuclear waste. The BRC  will provide advice and make recommendations on issues including alternatives for the storage, processing, and disposal of civilian and defense spent nuclear fuel and nuclear waste.