For decades, the United States has been grappling with the issue of nuclear waste. Despite many efforts by the Executive Branch, Congress, industry, citizens groups and others, as well as the expenditure of billions of taxpayers’ and electricity consumers’ dollars, the United States still struggles with solving the country’s nuclear waste problem. Addressing the nation’s nuclear waste challenges could take years during which the U.S. government’s financial liability for not accepting commercial spent nuclear fuel – already in the billions of dollars – would increase. While we work to address U.S. nuclear waste issues and as we fall farther behind the international nuclear community, our ability to provide leadership suffers.

The goal of this project is to expand the national and regional conversation on nuclear waste and to develop policy options that ultimately could lead to an implementable nuclear waste strategy. BPC intends to convene an advisory group, host regional workshops and publish various work products.

Key to any nuclear plant decommissioning is the future of the spent nuclear fuel. BPC’s nuclear waste initiative is seeking to address nuclear waste, which includes spent nuclear fuel.

Timothy A. Frazier, director of BPC’s nuclear waste initiative, gave a keynote presentation at the Nuclear Decommissioning and Used Fuel Strategy Summit in Charlotte, NC on October 1. Frazier presented the objectives and scope of the nuclear waste project at BPC, the lessons learned from the two regional meetings held thus far, and the next steps of the project, including at least two more regional events.

Review the slides from the presentation.


America’s Nuclear Future: Taking Action to Address Nuclear Waste (Richland, WA forum)
April 27, 2015

A Look Back on the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future
March 24, 2015

U.S. Nuclear Waste: Federal and California State Policy Implications
January 27, 2015

America’s Nuclear Future: Taking Action to Address Nuclear Waste (Chicago forum)
November 20, 2014

Impacts of Consolidated Nuclear Waste on Communities
September 5, 2014

Identifying a Path Forward on America’s Nuclear Waste
June 10, 2014


Presentation from the Nuclear Decommissioning and Used Fuel Management Summit

Frequently Asked Questions about Nuclear Waste

Press Releases

BPC’s Nuclear Waste Initiative to Host Regional Event in Washington State
April 16, 2015

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to Look Back on the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future at BPC
March 20, 2015

Energy Experts to Discuss Federal and California State Policy Implications of Nuclear Waste
January 21, 2015

On November 20, the Bipartisan Policy Center Heads to Chicago to Talk Nuclear Waste
November 10, 2014

BPC Travels to the Southeast to Discuss Nuclear Waste with Citizens, Industry Representatives, Environmental Advocates and State Government Officials
August 13, 2014

Leading Experts Join Initiative to Create and Advocate Solutions to America’s Nuclear Waste Problem
May 29, 2014

BPC Holds First Public Event on Nuclear Waste in Boston on June 10
May 22, 2014

Blog Posts

A Week of Significant Nuclear Waste Developments
April 1, 2015

The Department of Energy Announces More Options on Nuclear Waste
January 6, 2015

What’s New on Nuclear Waste at the Bipartisan Policy Center
November 10, 2014

Recent Happenings at the NRC
November 4, 2014

NRC Report Finds Relevant Regulatory Requirements Satisfied
October 16, 2014

Storage and Disposal of Nuclear Waste Must Be Separated from the Economic and Political Debates
October 2, 2014