U.S. Spent Nuclear Fuel: A Market-Based Solution

A report release with co-authors Charles D. Ferguson, Clifford E. Singer, Jack Spencer, and Sharon Squassoni
  • Wednesday, May 25, 2011
  • A light breakfast will be served, starting at 8:45am.

    Fifty years after nuclear reactors first produced electricity, a comprehensive approach to spent nuclear fuel management continues to elude U.S. elected officials, government officials, and private owners.  In contrast to other energy markets, nuclear energy must contend with a waste management process that is centrally planned.  In their report, Ferguson, Singer, Spencer, and Squassoni propose a market-based solution that would improve flexibility, expand options, and ultimately transform spent nuclear fuel from a liability into an asset.  In so doing, a market-based approach could also help create an opening for the United States to offer other countries fuel cycle services that would reduce the safety, security, and proliferation risks that currently arise from spent nuclear fuel storage around the world.

    Please join the authors for an engaging discussion on this important issue.

    Dr. Charles D. Ferguson is the president of the Federation of American Scientists and an adjunct professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University.

    Dr. Clifford E. Singer is a professor of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering and of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    Mr. Jack Spencer is the research fellow in nuclear energy policy at The Heritage Foundation.

    Ms. Sharon Squassoni is a senior fellow and director of the Proliferation Prevention Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

    Please RSVP to Ms. Tamara Spitzer-Hobeika at tspitzer-hobeika@csis.org or 202.775.3239.

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