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Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future

On January 7, 2011, President Obama's Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future visited Augusta GA for a series of presentations and panel discussions from industry, concerned citizen groups, and elected officials. Clint Wolfe, Executive Director of CNTA, provided remarks.

Dr. Wolfe's testimony discussed issues for National energy policy and energy security, concepts for advanced reactor technology, and prospects for recycling materials from used nuclear fuel. He also provided, by reference, his comments for the Commission's Subcommittee on Reactor and Fuel Cycle Technology from August 2010, and an opinion article published in Columbia SC's The State in October 2010.

Transcripts of these three presentations are provided below in PDF format. (Clicking one of the links will open the text in your browser window or in a separate window. Click "back" from within your browser to return to this page.)

Testimony at BRC Public Meeting, 7 January 2011

Testimony at BRC Fuel Cycle Technologies Subcommittee, 31 August 2010

"Guaranteeing our energy future", The State Guest Editorial, 11 October 2010

The Commission

The Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future (the Commission) was established in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, and as directed by the President's Memorandum for the Secretary of Energy dated January 29, 2010: Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future. This charter establishes the Commission under the authority of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

As part of the Obama Administration's commitment to restarting America's nuclear industry, U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu formed the Commission 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 Commission is co-chaired by former Congressman Lee Hamilton and former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft.

In light of the Administration's decision not to proceed with the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, President Obama directed Secretary Chu to establish the Commission to conduct a comprehensive review of policies for managing the back end of the nuclear fuel cycle. The Commission 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.

"Finding an acceptable long-term solution to our used nuclear fuel and nuclear waste storage needs is vital to the economic, environmental and security interests of the United States," said Congressman Hamilton. "This will be a thorough, comprehensive review based on the best available science. I'm looking forward to working with the many distinguished experts on this panel to achieve a consensus on the best path forward.

The Commission is made up of 15 members who have a range of expertise and experience in nuclear issues, including scientists, industry representatives, and respected former elected officials. The Commission will produce an interim report within 18 months and a final report within 24 months.

Here is a link to The Blue Ribbon Commission's website, where further information and reports of activities are posted. (The link will open in a new window in your internet browser.)

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