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.



Moving Forward on Nuclear Waste: Novel Approaches, Solutions, and Considerations
November 12, 2015

What We Heard: Exploring Major Themes of the Nuclear Waste Conversation
October 27, 2015

America’s Nuclear Future: Taking Action to Address Nuclear Waste (Richland, WA)
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 (San Juan Capistrano, CA)
January 27, 2015

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

Impacts of Consolidated Nuclear Waste on Communities (Atlanta, GA)
September 5, 2014

Identifying a Path Forward on America’s Nuclear Waste (Cambridge, MA)
June 10, 2014


Dry Cask 2

Nuclear Waste Primer Series

Nuclear Waste Management Map

Wet and Dry Storage of Nuclear Waste

Nuclear Waste Dry Cask Storage, Explained

Presentation from the Nuclear Decommissioning and Used Fuel Management Summit

Frequently Asked Questions about Nuclear Waste

Blog Posts

nuclear waste

DOE Announces Steps Forward on Consent-Based Siting
December 22, 2015

Taxes and Nuclear Waste: An Unfortunate Pairing
November 6, 2015

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