America’s Nuclear Future: Taking Action to Address Nuclear Waste

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.

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Events

Impacts of Consolidated Nuclear Waste on Communities
September 5, 2014

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

Resources

Frequently Asked Questions about Nuclear Waste

Press Releases

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