Radioactive Waste

No safe, permanent solution has yet been found anywhere in the world - and may never be found - for the nuclear waste problem. In the U.S., the only identified and flawed high-level radioactive waste deep repository site at Yucca Mountain, Nevada has been canceled. Beyond Nuclear advocates for an end to the production of nuclear waste and for securing the existing reactor waste in hardened on-site storage.



National Grassroots Radioactive Waste Summit, December 2 to 4, 2016, Chicago, Illinois

A Retreat for those who focus on High-Level Radioactive Waste

(Please note that this event is open to persons working for a nuclear-free future, but not to persons working with/for the nuclear power industry.)

Beyond Nuclear, Takoma Park, MDThis Summit will bring people together from nuclear power reactor areas where highly radioactive waste is located now, communities being targeted for new nuclear waste sites, and those along transport routes in between.  International alliances with Native American and Canadian colleagues are important here too. This event is designed for those “in the trenches” of radioactive waste proposals and policies.

Anyone new to the issue and interested in attending is invited to contact Mary Olson (; phone 828-252-8409) or Dave Kraft (; phone 773-342-7650) to explore options. The venue, Cenacle Center in Chicago, is limited to 88 beds; another dozen participants may stay off-site. Cost information and registration is available here:



Native Community Action Council (NCAC), Las Vegas, NVTO REGISTER AND PAY:

Option 1: Two step process: 1.) Complete the registration form. Email it back to:; 2.) go to, click the "Donate Now" button to make payment for the Conference by credit card. Fill out fields, and in the field marked, "select a designation," click "RadWaste Summit". YOU WILL NOT BE REGISTERED IF YOU FAIL TO DO THIS!

Option 2: Complete form and mail it back to: NEIS, 3411 W. Diversey #16, Chicago IL 60647, along with your check made payable to "NEIS", and marked "RadWaste Policy Summit" in the memo field.

North American Water Office (NAWO), Lake Elmo, MNThe Summit will convene on Friday, December 2 with Dinner (starting at 5pm local Chicago time), and will adjourn Sunday afternoon at 4pm Central time. This will primarily be a working Summit to define a national campaign for 2017. Selected technical updates will be addressed during the Summit.

Friday afternoon, December 2nd pre-Summit working groups will convene at the venue earlier in the day. For more information on these, and who to contact for more info., see:

Check-in/Registration (All Day)

11:30 AM--12:30 PM Sierra Club Nuclear-Free Campaign meet-and-greet (contact <> in advance if you plan to attend)

1:30 to 3:00 PM Panel Discussion: Stop Small (Multiple) Modular Reactors (read description here). Presenters: Don Safer, Tennessee Environmental Council and Sierra Club Nuclear-Free Campaign <>; Chuck Johnson, Oregon/Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility <>; and Sara Barczak, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) <>.

3:15 to 4:45 PM Presentation: How To Stop Producing More Waste Nuclear Fuel In 3 Easy Steps (read description here). Presenter: George Crocker, North American Water Office, <>.

Southwest Research and Information Center (SRIC), Albuquerque,

Here is the full schedule (Friday through Sunday) for the Summit.






PRE-Conference Webinars (Open to All)

Three teleconferences or webinars will be scheduled (Thursday evenings, EASTERN TIME, first three weeks of November), to focus on content/technical/political info., of these topics:

(1) Tentatively: November 3, 2016 (Thursday), from 8:00 to 9:30 PM (EASTERN TIME)--Nuclear Power and Fuel Chain 101 for folks who usually only focus on only one part, including Targeted Sites for Proposed Centralized Storage and Disposal - Yucca Mountain, Native American reservations, Waste Control Specialists (WCS, Texas), Eddy-Lea Energy Alliance (ELEA, New Mexico), Savannah River Site (SRS, South Carolina), Idaho, Illinois, etc., and Transportation Issues, etc.

(2) Tentatively: November 10, 2016 (Thursday), from 8:00 to 9:30 or 10:00 PM (EASTERN TIME)--Centralized Interim Storage and Transport.

(3) Tentatively: November 17, 2016 (Thursday), 8 to 10 PM (EASTERN TIME)--Irradiated Nuclear Fuel Characteristics--High and 'Regular' Burnup Fuel, Aging Irradiated Nuclear Fuel, Characteristics and Dangers of Pools and Dry Casks (Canisters, Castors), Hardened On-Site Storage (HOSS), Reprocessing, etc.



Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS), Takoma Park, MDTimed shortly after the US elections and also the anticipated departures of the Obama Administration and Harry Reid, this Summit is called now to build Grassroots agreement on High Level Radioactive Waste policy. Based on that agreement, we will put pieces of a working campaign together.



Citizens Awareness Network (CAN), Shelburne Falls, MAThese values have formed the basis of our work for decades:

  1. It is essential that all communities dealing with High Level Radioactive Waste (both reactor and storage/disposal) work together.
  2. We need to once again create effective strategies and actions to defeat bad policies that will support the survival and expansion of the nuclear industry.
  3. New plans to relocate waste once again target vulnerable communities. Until the criteria of sound science and environmental justice drive policy, waste should remain where it is, at reactor sites. 
  4. At the same time, keeping waste where it is for now, in reactor communities, must include upgrades for greater safety and security.
  5. The communities around reactors are forced to be guardians of the world’s most toxic and long-lasting waste. The ultimate goals of long-term containment and isolation of radioactivity from our environment can only be met if met now, at the reactor sites. 


Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS), Chicago, ILWhat does responsible “interim” of storage of waste on reactor sites look like? Our community has broad support for Principles of Safeguarding Nuclear Waste at Reactor Sites, also referred to as Hardened On-Site Storage, or “HOSS” (see: URL HERE). HOSS is a mandate to remove accumulated High Level Radioactive Waste from reactor fuel pools and to provide greater safety and security for all waste storage on reactor sites. Can we expand our agreements to specify additional steps to strengthen local storage? At the Summit we will consider additional Principles addressing shortfalls in containers, waste management and monitoring to adopt in addition to the HOSS Principles.

Tennesse Environmental Council (TEC), Nashville, TNAlthough the nuclear industry and federal government committed to dispose of high level radioactive waste (HLRW), no acceptable program exists.  Congress mandated a repository program in the Nuclear Waste Policy Act and then abandoned science in favor of politics when Yucca Mountain of the Western Shoshone in Nevada was targeted, even though the site did not meet basic scientific criteria and the local community, the Western Shoshone Nation and the State of Nevada all said “No.” Billions of dollars have been expended to establish Yucca Mountain as a permanent repository. This boondoggle failed (though the cancellation is not complete) due to site unsuitability, corruption, inadequate safeguards, Western Shoshone and Nevada’s opposition.


The Industry has a pressing need to create an illusion of a solution because dangerous waste piling up at reactor sites undermines its position that nuclear is clean and safe.  Once again the industry’s plan is simple: Move the waste to another site (or sites). The new site, known as a “Parking Lot Dump” would use the exact same dry storage technology in use at reactors. As reactors continue to make more waste, the new site is simply “one more” site. In addition to the absurdity that simply moving the waste is a “solution,” there is the danger that these sites will become de facto permanent. Proposed consolidated storage sites do not have to meet the environmental standards of a permanent site.

Sierra Club Nuclear-Free CampaignLike every existing nuclear site, from mining to milling to processing to reactors to waste disposition, these new proposed sites are routinely sited in low income, rural, people of color and Native American communities. A new wrinkle is the idea that the nuclear industry “winning consent” from a “host community” makes this picture “ok.” Moving this waste more than once and treating storage of the worst waste ever as “economic development” for communities in need is something that our community explicitly opposes. The Department of Energy will need a change in the Nuclear Waste Policy Act to move ahead, but it is even now making plans for "consent-based siting" of High Level Radioactive Waste at the WCS so-called “low-level” waste site in Andrews County, TX; and / or Eddy-Lea Counties Energy Alliance, in NM; at possible but undisclosed Native American reservations; at the Dresden nuclear power plant in IL; and possibly on or near the Savannah River Site in South Carolina.

SEED Coalition (Sustainable Energy & Economic Development), Austin, TXThe Industry and some of its newest, youngest proponents seek to pit nuclear communities against each other: reactor communities fear inadequate storage casks, lack of onsite protections and HLRW abandonment by the Feds.  Targeted communities for nuclear waste disposal share the same concerns but don’t want dangerous nuclear waste in their backyard, particularly given the abysmal record of leaks and inadequate environmental protections. Waste communities face unconscionable choices:  short- term economic survival or long-term health and safety. Nonetheless, we all have more in common with each other than we do with the nuclear industry that seeks to manufacture more and more of this waste.

Diné No Nukes, Albuquerque, NMWe are communities that share the same overall goals: the end of the production of highly radioactive waste and a robust commitment to its continued security, containment and isolation from our environment. We, and communities along the roads and rails between us, must work together.  When we work together, we can create effective strategies & and actions to defeat the Industry’s illusion they have eliminated the waste problem. When we work together, we can influence US energy policy to turn away from making more nuclear waste of any kind.

The national elections will form a backdrop, but this event is non-partisan. Both major political parties in the US have had a large hand in creating the nuclear waste problem. It is unlikely that the elections will resolve any of these concerns — but the new Congress and Administration will be the terrain in which our action over the coming years will unfold. Gathering at this time to chart a path makes sense. Nuclear Watch SouthJoin us!

Coalition Against Nukes

"No permanent, safe location or technology has ever been found to isolate even the first cupful of radioactive waste from the biosphere. And yet we continue to generate more and more, a mountain of waste [now 74] years high." ---from Beyond Nuclear pamphlet by board of directors member, Kay Drey, St. Louis, MO.

Logo from A Mountain of Radioactive Waste 70 Years High. Graphic art by Tom Engelhardt.See NEIS's online posting of materials from the "Mountain of Radioactive Waste 70 Years High" conference, held at the University of Chicago on Dec. 2, 2012 -- the 70th year since Enrico Fermi et al., built the world's first atomic reactor, and generated the world's first high-level radioactive waste, on Dec. 2, 1942.

Kay Drey also organized a 40-year commemoration (Dec. 2, 1982), and a 50-year commemoration (Dec. 2, 1992), from which was published a summary booklet of transcripts and additional information.

Organizational Co-Sponsors of the Dec. 2-4, 2016 National Grassroots Radioactive Waste Summit (listed below in alphabetical order; see logos above): 

Beyond Nuclear; Citizens Awareness Network (CAN); Coalition Against Nukes; Diné No Nukes; GRAMMES (Grandmothers, Mothers, and More for Energy Safety); Native Community Action Council (NCAC); North American Water Office (NAWO); Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS); Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS); Nuclear Watch South; Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR); Sierra Club Nuclear-Free Campaign; Southwest Research and Information Center (SRIC); Sustainable Energy & Economic Development (SEED) Coalition; Tennessee Environmental Council (TEC).


Native American Forum on Nuclear Issues, Oct. 10-11, 2016, U. of NV Las Vegas

Native Community Action Council logoBeyond Nuclear is honored and privileged to be invited by the Native Community Action Council (NCAC) to present at its Native American Forum on Nuclear Issues, taking place on October 10 & 11, 2016, at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas (UNLV).

See the event flier here.

See the agenda/program here.

The Forum is sponsored by the UNLV Academic Multicultural Resource Center and UNLV Boyd School of Law.

Learn more about NCAC at its website.


Pro-nuclear Bipartisan Policy Center advocates for Mobile Chernobyls and high-level radioactive waste parking lot dumps

[TAKE ACTION! Help push back, by using Beyond Nuclear's "We Do NOT Consent!" talking points to write your own for submission to by the Oct. 30th deadline.

You can also contact your two U.S. Senators and your U.S. Representative (including via the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121), as well as the White House, urging that: high-level radioactive waste stop being made; Hardened On-Site Storage (HOSS) be required for what already exists; and calls for Mobile Chernobyls and de facto permanent parking lot dumps be rejected.]

At a Sept. 27, 2016 press event at its downtown Washington, D.C. headquarters (see hour-long video recording), the pro-nuclear lobbyist think tank that goes by the name Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) rolled out a report (or nuclear lobbying plan) entitled "Moving Forward with Consent-Based Siting for Nuclear Waste Facilities."

The Full Report is 36 pages long. BPC also released a two-page Report Summary, as well as 16-page "Nuclear Waste Primer."

The BPC lobbying plan advocates for high-level radioactive waste centralized interim storage sites, and the unprecedented numbers of truck, train, and/or barge shipments of irradiated nuclear fuel it would take to transfer irradiated nuclear fuel from reactor sites, through countless communities in most states, to such de facto permanent parking lot dumps as is now being targeted at Waste Control Specialists, LLC in Andrews County, TX, above the Ogallala Aquifer, and another soon to be targeted at Eddy-Lea Counties, NM, near the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

These "Recommendations of the BPC Nuclear Waste Council" follow closely upon the heels of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) own "Consent-Based Siting Draft Report: Designing a Consent-Based Siting Process, Summary of Public Input" (Sept. 15, 2016).

If the BPC's and DOE's recommended policies sound remarkably similar to you, this is not a mere coincidence, nor is your mind playing tricks on you.

This "Getting to Yes" nuclear power lobbyist echo chamber is most objectionable, including the routine ignoring of large numbers of public comments, and longstanding public concerns, about high-level radioactive waste transportation (Mobile Chernobyls, Floating Fukushimas, Fukushima Freeways, Dirty Bombs on Wheels) and parking lot dumps (so-called centralized or consolidated interim storage facilities).

Beyond Nuclear's repeated calls for environmental justice -- against the radioactive racism of targeting Native Americans for high-level radioactive waste dumps -- have long been ignored by the Blue Ribbon Commission, by DOE's "consent-based siting" proceeding, and now by the BPC. This environmental injustice is particularly shocking and inexplicable, given President Obama's glowing praise for NECONA (National Environmental Coalition of Native Americans) leader Grace Thorpe, for her work to stop high-level radioactive waste parking lot dumps targeted at Native lands. Why then have Obama's own Blue Ribbon Commission (see below), and DOE, continued to target Native lands for parking lot dumps?!

Neither the BPC, nor the DOE, have given the time of day to a nationwide environmental coalition calling (for well over a decade) for Hardened On-Site Storage (HOSS). But then again, the Blue Ribbon Commission also gave HOSS short shrift.

Both the BPC Nuclear Waste Council, as well as the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy, claim to be advancing the final recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future (Jan. 2012), including so-called "consent-based siting."

But this is the entire problem. The revolving door is blatant, shameless. A number of the very same individuals who comprised the Blue Ribbon Commission, then went to work at DOE to advance their own final recommendations. This, despite the Blue Ribbon Commission's second highest recommendation of all -- that DOE (by betraying the public trust and demonstrating its utter incompetence for decades on end) could no longer be left in charge of high-level radioactive waste management, but must be replaced by a new, independent agency.

DOE has not let go of the reins. Far from it.

Now, there is significant overlap of the very same persons at the BPC Nuclear Waste Council. The flagrant conflicts of interest are objectionable.

For example, the following BPC Nuclear Waste Council Members also served as members of the Blue Ribbon Commission: Vicky A. Bailey; Richard A. Meserve; and Phil Sharp.

Timothy Frazier served as the Designated Federal Official, from DOE, for the Blue Ribbon Commission. He then worked as a staffer at the BPC. Now Frazier is back at DOE, so to speak, as a private consultant/contractor on the "consent-based siting" proceeding.

Similarly, Mary Woolen served as a public liaison for the Blue Ribbon Commission, and is now in an identical role, as a private consultant/contractor, for DOE.

John Kotek, now Acting Assitant Secretary for Nuclear Energy at DOE, in charge of the "consent-based siting" proceeding, was staff director at the Blue Ribbon Commission.

Kotek's boss, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, was himself a Blue Ribbon Commission member.

Kotek has deep ties to the Idaho National (Nuclear) Lab, a catch-all for DOE jurisdiction high-level radioactive waste "interim storage" (including Nuclear Navy irradiated fuel; research reactor irradiated nuclear fuel; and melted down irradiated nuclear fuel from Three Mile Island Unit 2, and Fermi 1).

At the Boise, ID DOE "consent-based siting" public meeting held this year, Kotek invited David Leroy, DOE's former Nuclear Waste Negotiator, as a keynote panelist. Leroy was in charge of DOE's previous efforts to target Native lands for radioactive waste dumps.

But the examples above only describe the revolving door between the Blue Ribbon Commission, DOE, and BPC. Peeling back the onion another layer reveals, for example, that the likes of Blue Ribbon Commission and BPC member Richard A. Meserve, also has direct, for-profit nuclear power industry ties. Revelation by Beyond Nuclear of Meserve's membership on the boards of directors of nuclear utilities Luminant (owner of Comanche Peak nuclear power plant in Texas) and Pacific Gas & Electric (owner of Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in California) led to his recusal from a National Academy of Science (NAS) nuclear power/cancer incidence study several years ago (yes, Meserve is also a long serving fixture at NAS on nuclear power and radioactive waste matters).

Meserve is also president of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C. The Carnegie Institution for Science, in turn, is acknowledged in the BPC report for providing a support grant. (The Carnegie Institution for Science, under the presidency of Vannevar Bush, was also the original home for the Manhattan Project in the late 1930s/early 1940s, before the U.S. Army took over, as documented in Richard Rhodes The Making of the Atomic Bomb.)

Meserve formerly served as U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairman, from 1999 to 2002. He was appointed by President Bill Clinton. Meserve resigned his NRC chairmanship in the immediate aftermath of the Davis-Besse reactor lid corrosion "Hole-in-the-Head" fiasco, the closest call with catastrophe at any U.S. atomic reactor since the Three Mile Island meltdown of 1979.

Such "public service" as described above (doing the bidding of the nuclear power industry and its lobbyist juggernaut) amounts to serving the public -- up for dinner to the nuclear power industry.

But then again, the top nuclear power lobbyist in the U.S. -- Alex Flint, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs at the Nuclear Energy Institute -- is also a BPC Nuclear Waste Council Member.

Flint has been through the revolving door between Capitol Hill and the nuclear power industry multiple times. In one especially egregious rotation, he went from authoring the federal taxpayer nuclear power loan guarantee program, as a top staffer for U.S. Senator Pete V. Domenici (Republican-New Mexico), enacted in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, to his current NEI position (where he earns a very lucrative salary; in this sense, he wrote his own pay check). $8.3 billion in federal taxpayer nuclear power loan guarantees have since been awarded to the Vogtle 3 & 4 proposed new reactors in Georgia -- 15 times more taxpayer money that was lost in the Solyndra solar loan guarantee scandal, only at much higher risk for defaulting than was Solyndra's loan. Sure enough, Vogtle 3 & 4 are significantly over budget, and behind schedule.

(Oh, by the way, Domenici was also a Blue Ribbon Commission member, and is also a BPC "Expert". As chairman of both the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, as well as the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee, Domenici was one of the most powerful and effective pro-nuclear power advocates on Capitol Hill for not years, but decades. His home state of New Mexico hosts not only Los Alamos, but also Sandia National Lab, as well as Uranium Enrichment Corporation, and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant -- and perhaps, soon enough, a high-level radioactive waste parking lot dump, to boot, if Holtec and the Eddy-Lea Counties Energy Alliance have their way.)

(Although not on the Nuclear Waste Council per se, another BPC "Expert" who really stands out like a sore thumb is Curt Hébert, formerly of Entergy Nuclear, one of the biggest nuclear power utilities in the U.S. In 2010, Hébert was sent as a lobbyist by Entergy Nuclear to do its dirty work at Vermont Yankee, and was handed his hat by a powerful grassroots anti-nuclear movement.)

(And -- also not on the Nuclear Waste Council per se -- yet another sore thumb BPC "Energy Expert" is Susan Tierney, a senior consultant to Exelon Nuclear (and other major nuclear utilities, including Entergy, Duke, etc. -- see her CV), and a member of President-elect Barack Obama's "Energy Transition Team" in late 2008. More on the Obama-Exelon connections below.)

President Obama's Energy Secretary, Ernest Moniz, approved the $8.3 billion for Vogtle 3 & 4, and joined in the nuclear loan guarantee signing ceremony celebration/pro-nuclear love fest. As mentioned above, Moniz had served as a Blue Ribbon Commission member. Before that, he was an MIT nuclear engineering prof, who co-authored a major report on the so-called nuclear power renaissance in 2003.

Of course, President Obama's Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future having been "hosted by" the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy in the first place didn't help matters much. The Office of Nuclear Energy has an explicit mandate to promote nuclear power. This mandate and bias came through strongly, in the Blue Ribbon Commission's very charter, as well as its obvious bias in favor of the nuclear power industry's agenda.

But then again, John Rowe, CEO of Exelon Nuclear, also served on the Blue Ribbon Commission! Perhaps none of this should be a surprise -- Exelon was a major campaign contributor to a certain Illinois State Senator, who became a U.S. Senator, who later became President -- Barack Obama. (A number of Obama's inner circle -- including Valerie Jarrett, and David Axelrod, are former Exelon lobbyists; Rahm Emanuel, Obama's White House Chief of Staff, and now Mayor of Chicago, was the investment banker for the Exelon merger, earning him a multi-million dollar personal fortune.)

If your head is spinning, that's okay. Welcome to the nuclear power lobbyists-go-round!


DOE opens another round of public comment on draft 'Consent-Based Siting'

Concerned citizens and environmental groups have been expressing their non-consent to bad, dangerous radioactive waste policies for a very long time. This photo was taken at NRC HQ in Rockville, MD in Nov. 2013, as representatives of an environmental coalition protested NRC's Nuke Waste Con Game (Nuclear Waste Confidence, or Continued Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel) policies, allowing unlimited generation of irradiated nuclear fuel, and its unsafe storage in pools and dry casks for decades, and even centuries, to come. Photo credit: Erica Grey and Dave Martin.On the very eve of its September 15th public meeting in Washington, DC -- to summarize public comments received between Dec. 23, 2015 to July 31, 2016 re: so-called 'Consent-Based Siting' of radioactive waste dumps -- the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced yet another public comment opportunity (see the DOE's last minute announcement, reproduced below, in italics).

DOE also published its draft summary of public comments (84 pages long), after 7pm Eastern on Sept. 14th, less than 24 hours before its meeting just scheduled two weeks earlier (only announced Sept. 1st), to take place in Washington, DC beginning at 2pm Eastern on Sept. 15th.

DOE has also published for the first time links to this year's public comments themselves, generated by such groups as Beyond Nuclear, NIRS, Public Citizen, Sierra Club Nuclear-Free Campaign, etc. As can be seen, the public comments have been high quality, and submitted in very large numbers (measured in the thousands, all told).

We must continue to hold DOE's feet to the fire, by submitting another flood of high quality public comments, making clear WE DO NOT CONSENT to DOE's parking lot dump plans, its Mobile Chernobyl plans, nor to U.S. House Republican plans to resurrect the cancelled Yucca Mountain, Nevada burial dump.

Nor do we consent to the ongoing risks associated with "wet" pool and dry cask storage of irradiated nuclear fuel at nuclear power plants -- and continue, after a decade and a half of doing so, to call for Hardened On-Site Storage (HOSS), as well as the cessation of production of high-level radioactive waste (that is, we demand atomic reactors permanently shut down)!

Beyond Nuclear will release another round of sample talking points in the near future, as well as the addresses (online, snail mail, fax, etc.) to which to submit comments. You can use the sample talking points to fashion your own, for submission to DOE.

Here is DOE's announcement, including a link to the DOE draft summary report (on which it has requested further public comment by Oct. 30th):


The draft report titled Designing a Consent-Based Siting Process: Summary of Public Input is now available on the Department of Energy consent-based siting website here.

To launch the consent-based siting effort, DOE issued an “Invitation for Public Comment to Inform the Design of a Consent-Based Siting Process for Nuclear Waste Storage and Disposal Facilities” in the Federal Register on December 23, 2015. The comment period was open through July 31, 2016.

Comments received throughout the Invitation for Public Comment and public meetings are summarized in a draft report, titled Designing a Consent-Based Siting Process: Summary of Public Input.  The draft report will be available for public comment for 45 days via a Federal Register Notice beginning September 15, 2016 and concluding on October 30, 2016.  In addition, public comments received on the December 23rd Invitation for Public Comment are now publically posted at here and comments received via are available at here.

Thank you to everyone who attended our public meetings, provided comments, and participated in this important first step. 

John Kotek

Acting Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy

U.S. Department of Energy


U.S. Dept. of Energy's Public Meeting on September 15th in Washington DC [also viewable via Webinar]

On Sept. 1st, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) sent out the following announcement:

Good Afternoon,

On Thursday, September 15th, 2016, the Department of Energy (DOE) will host a public meeting in Washington, DC to summarize feedback received as part of the December 23, 2015 Invitation for Public Comment and subsequent public meetings on consent-based siting.  The meeting will also provide an opportunity to discuss next steps in consent-based siting with participants.

DATE AND TIME: The meeting will take place on Thursday September 15, 2016 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.  Department officials will be available to discuss consent-based siting during an informal open house 30 minutes before and after the formal meeting.

LOCATION: The meeting will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Washington D.C. Convention Center at 900 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20001.  The entire meeting will be available live via Live Webstream Link

REGISTRATION: Registration is encouraged to assist with planning efforts. Registration Link

BACKGROUND AND AGENDA:  DOE is designing a consent-based siting process to establish an integrated waste management system to transport, store, and dispose of spent nuclear fuel and high level radioactive waste.  In a consent-based siting approach, DOE will work with communities, tribal governments and states across the country that express interest in hosting any of the facilities identified as part of an integrated waste management system.  As part of this process, the Department issued an Invitation for Public Comment in the Federal Register on December 23, 2015 and hosted eight public meetings across the United States in 2016 to seek input on the elements that should be considered in the development of a consent-based siting process.  This September 15, 2016 meeting will summarize feedback received and provide an opportunity to discuss next steps in consent-based siting For more information, and to view the agenda, please visit our website at

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Please send requests for further information to

We look forward to your participation and hope to see you in [sic] online or in Washington!

John Kotek

Acting Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy

U.S. Department of Energy