Articles
  • [Periodical Article]

    Managing Nuclear Waste: Part One of a Two-Part Series on Social Science in the Engineering Enterprise

    The United States derives a significant fraction of its electric power from nuclear power plants (NPPs). One hundred four operating NPPs at 67 sites generate about 20 percent of this nation’s electricity. However, nuclear electric generation also produces wastes (used fuel and ... Read More

    Author: Ronald M. Latanision

    Summer Issue of The Bridge on Managing Nuclear Waste

    Release date: Summer 2012

    Volume: 42

    Number: 2

  • [Periodical Article]

    Enhancing the Acceptability and Credibility of a Repository for Spent Nuclear Fuel

    Lessons learned from prior experience and social science research can influence public attitudes toward nuclear management facilities. Public attitudes about the management of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) and high-level waste (HLW) are closely related to general attitudes about nuclear ... Read More

    Author: Hank C. Jenkins-Smith, Carol L. Silva, Kerry G. Herron, Sarah R. Trousset, and Rob P. Rechard

    Summer Issue of The Bridge on Managing Nuclear Waste

    Release date: Summer 2012

    Volume: 42

    Number: 2

  • [Periodical Article]

    Industry's Safety Record and the Blue Ribbon Recommendations: The Way Ahead for the Management of Used Nuclear Fuel

    The debate over managing high-level radioactive waste is really about extending proven technology and successful practices. Nuclear power plants are valuable producers of electricity that do not cause harm to the environment by discharging greenhouse gases or other regulated air pollutants ... Read More

    Author: Marvin S. Fertel

    Summer Issue of The Bridge on Managing Nuclear Waste

    Release date: Summer 2012

    Volume: 42

    Number: 2

  • [Periodical Article]

    Emerging Regulatory Challenges in the Management of Spent Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Radioactive Waste

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission must balance its preparations for policy changes with the safe, secure operation of existing facilities, the availability of resources, and the constraints of current law. Under the current structure for the management of commercial spent nuclear fuel (SNF) ... Read More

    Author: James Rubenstone

    Summer Issue of The Bridge on Managing Nuclear Waste

    Release date: Summer 2012

    Volume: 42

    Number: 2

  • [Periodical Article]

    Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel

      Regardless of how long spent fuel is stored, eventually it will have to be moved from reactor sites. 1 After nuclear fuel has been used for five to six years to furnish the power to produce electricity, the spent (or used) fuel, which is still highly radio-active, must be stored on ... Read More

    Author: Andrew C. Kadak

    Summer Issue of The Bridge on Managing Nuclear Waste

    Release date: Summer 2012

    Volume: 42

    Number: 2

  • [Periodical Article]

    Recommendations by the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future: A Plan for Managing Spent Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Nuclear Waste

      According to the president’s Blue Ribbon Commission, “We know what we have to do, we know we have to do it, and we even know how to do it.” As a candidate for president in 2008, Barack Obama stated that “The nuclear waste disposal efforts at Yucca Mountain have ... Read More

    Author: Albert Carnesale

    Summer Issue of The Bridge on Managing Nuclear Waste

    Release date: Summer 2012

    Volume: 42

    Number: 2

  • [Periodical Article]

    Management of Radioactive Waste: A Socio-Technical Challenge

      The siting of a deep-mined geologic repository requires strong bonds of trust between implementers, regulators, and the host community. 1 Few public policy issues rival the management of high-level radioactive waste (HLW) and spent nuclear fuel (SNF) in terms of the controversy ... Read More

    Author: Daniel Metlay, B. John Garrick, and Nigel Mote

    Summer Issue of The Bridge on Managing Nuclear Waste

    Release date: Summer 2012

    Volume: 42

    Number: 2