Tuesday, March 04, 2008

March 7 discussion on "Yucca Mountain and the Nuclear Renaissance" hosted by the Heritage Foundation

On March 7, the Heritage Foundation will be hosting a discussion: "Yucca Mountain and the Nuclear Renaissance: Assessing the Safety and Viability of a Vital National Asset."

Speakers include:
Edward Sproat III (US DOE Director, Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management)

And panel discussions with:
Mark Peters (Argonne National Laboratory Deputy to the Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Sciences and Engineering)
Steven Kraft (Nuclear Energy Institute Senior Director Used Fuel Management)
Annie Caputo (Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works)

Here's the description of the event from the Foundation's Website:

Nuclear power is emerging as a solution to America’s energy concerns. Despite its impeccable safety and environmental record as well as its potential to transform America’s energy profile, questions remain about the viability of a broad expansion of nuclear power. One of the last major hurdles to overcome is what to do about Yucca Mountain. Questions remain about whether it can be opened at all and if opened, whether or not it will be sufficient to support an American nuclear renaissance. Join us for a presentation by Edward F. Sproat III, Director of the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management with the U.S. Department of Energy on the enduring role of Yucca Mountain followed by an expert panel discussion on the safety of geologic storage, how recycling spent nuclear fuel could affect Yucca Mountain’s long-term viability, and overcoming the political impasse over Yucca Mountain in Congress.
A link to register to attend is on the event Web page.