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Conference on Nuclear Training and Education: A Biennial International Forum (CONTE 2023)
February 6–9, 2023
Amelia Island, FL|Omni Amelia Island Resort
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25th anniversary of failure (and a chance at opportunity)
Silver anniversaries are usually a cause for great celebration, but this one is a cause for regret and a renewed plea for action. January 31, 2023, marks the 25th anniversary of the Department of Energy’s failure under law and contract to start the removal of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) from the country’s 74 commercial nuclear power plant sites in 35 states for disposal per the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982. I personally know the moral and legal responsibility associated with this failure, because in 1998, as the then responsible DOE official, I had to personally announce it. But much has changed since then. There are many new avenues to address these past problems like federal, state, and community partnerships that can be beneficial for all, if there is DOE leadership and congressional action for both disposal and storage.
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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Assuring U.S. Global Nuclear Leadership — ANS-83-2021
Clearance of Solid Materials from Nuclear Facilities — ANS-50-2008
Creation of an Independent Entity to Manage U.S. Used Nuclear Fuel — ANS-22-2015
Decommissioning of Nuclear Power Reactors — ANS-13-2015
Disposal of Low-Level Radioactive Waste — ANS-11-2017
Disposition of Surplus Weapons Plutonium — ANS-47-2020
Diversity in the Nuclear Profession — ANS-66-2018
Domestic Production of Stable and Radioactive Isotopes — ANS-30-2022
Education, Training, and Workforce Development for Nuclear Science, Engineering, and Technology — ANS-85-2022
Fusion Energy — ANS-12-2016
Health Effects of Low-Level Radiation — ANS-41-2020
Interim Storage of Used or Spent Nuclear Fuel — ANS-76-2017
Licensing of Yucca Mountain as a Geological Repository for Radioactive Wastes — ANS-80-2017
Nonproliferation — ANS-55-2009
Nuclear Energy's Role in Climate Change Policy — ANS-44-2022
Nuclear Engineering Licensure — ANS-61-2016
Nuclear Facility Safety Standards — ANS-24-2006
Nuclear Fuel Recycling — ANS-45-2014
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission — ANS-77-2022
Nuclear Technology's Critical Role In The World's Future Energy Supply — ANS-43-2019
Price-Anderson Act — ANS-54-2019
Risk-Informed and Performance-Based Regulations for Nuclear Power Plants — ANS-46-2017
Safeguards and Security for Advanced Reactors Using HALEU — ANS-84-2022
Safety of Nuclear Power — ANS-51-2021
Small Modular Reactors — ANS-25-2020
Space Nuclear Power and Propulsion Systems — ANS-40-2009
Transportation of Radioactive Materials — ANS-18-2021
U.S. Commercial Nuclear Power Plants: A Vital National Asset — ANS-26-2017
The Use of Highly Enriched Uranium for the Production of Medical Isotopes — ANS-72-2022
The Use of Thorium as Nuclear Fuel — ANS-78-2020