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This division promotes the development and timely introduction of fusion energy as a sustainable energy source with favorable economic, environmental, and safety attributes. The division cooperates with other organizations on common issues of multidisciplinary fusion science and technology, conducts professional meetings, and disseminates technical information in support of these goals. Members focus on the assessment and resolution of critical developmental issues for practical fusion energy applications.
2023 ANS Winter Conference and Expo
November 12–15, 2023
Washington, D.C.|Washington Hilton
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The Ubiquity of PFAS: An Emerging Issue in Decommissioning
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), an anthropogenic class of several thousand chemicals made for use in products such as nonstick cookware, water-, grease-, and stain-resistant materials, surfactants, and fire suppression foams , are emerging as a complicating factor in nuclear decommissioning. These chemicals, which have been manufactured globally, including in the United States, have gained regulatory and public attention due to their persistence and ubiquity in the environment, ability to be detected at low parts-per-trillion levels, and health-based standards set at levels hundreds to thousands of times lower than more classic contaminants such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).
The American Nuclear Society provides statements which reflect the Society's perspectives on issues of public interest that involve various aspects of nuclear science and technology. Position statements are prepared by key members whose relevant experience or publications inform the documents and then the documents are reviewed by ANS committees and divisions. The final position statements are approved by the Board of Directors.
Advanced Reactors — ANS-35-2022
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Small Modular Reactors — ANS-25-2020
Price-Anderson Act — ANS-54-2019
Nuclear Technology's Critical Role In The World's Future Energy Supply — ANS-43-2019
U.S. Commercial Nuclear Power Plants: A Vital National Asset — ANS-26-2017
Fusion Energy — ANS-12-2016
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission — ANS-77-2022
Safety of Nuclear Power — ANS-51-2021
Risk-Informed and Performance-Based Regulations for Nuclear Power Plants — ANS-46-2017
Decommissioning of Nuclear Power Reactors — ANS-13-2015
Safeguards and Security for Advanced Reactors Using HALEU — ANS-84-2023
Clearance of Solid Materials from Nuclear Facilities — ANS-50-2023
Management of the Nation's Used Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Waste — ANS-3-2023
The Use of Thorium as Nuclear Fuel — ANS-78-2020
Disposition of Surplus Weapons Plutonium — ANS-47-2020
Licensing of Yucca Mountain as a Geological Repository for Radioactive Wastes — ANS-80-2017
Disposal of Low-Level Radioactive Waste — ANS-11-2017
Assuring U.S. Global Nuclear Leadership — ANS-83-2021
Nonproliferation — ANS-55-2009
The Use of Highly Enriched Uranium for the Production of Medical Isotopes — ANS-72-2022
Domestic Production of Stable and Radioactive Isotopes — ANS-30-2022
Space Nuclear Power and Propulsion Systems — ANS-40-2009
Nuclear Energy's Role in Climate Change Policy — ANS-44-2022
Health Effects of Low-Level Radiation — ANS-41-2020
Education, Training, and Workforce Development for Nuclear Science, Engineering, and Technology — ANS-85-2022
Diversity in the Nuclear Profession — ANS-66-2018
Nuclear Engineering Licensure — ANS-61-2016