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U.S. Nuclear Waste: Federal and California State Policy Implications

San Juan Capistrano Community Center
25925 Camino Del Avion
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
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The ongoing debate on how the nation should deal with its nuclear waste – whether attributable to active or inactive plants – has yet to produce broadly acceptable solutions. As part of its nuclear waste initiative, the Bipartisan Policy Center partnered with the San Onofre Community Engagement Panel (CEP) to host a public discussion at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center in California. The San Onofre CEP has facilitated public engagement on decommissioning the plant, including the need for on-site storage until the Department of Energy takes possession of spent nuclear fuel. The conversation focused on nuclear waste policy at the federal level and how California and local communities may help advance potential solutions.


Per Peterson
Professor of Nuclear Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

Geoff Fettus
Senior Attorney for the Nuclear Program, Natural Resources Defense Council

David Victor
Chairman, San Onofre Community Engagement Panel

David Wright
Former Commissioner, South Carolina Public Service Commission


6:00-6:05PM – Welcome and Introduction

6:05-7:15PM – Panel Discussion #1

Nuclear Waste at the Federal Level: Solutions, Barriers to Progress, and Opportunities to Break Through the Barriers

7:15-7:20PM – BREAK

7:20-8:20PM – Panel Discussion #2

Nuclear Waste at the Regional Level: How Regional Stakeholders Can Take Action to Stimulate Progress

8:20-8:30PM – BREAK

8:30-9:30PM – Facilitated Public Discussion and Public Comment

9:30PM – Adjournment


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