Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future

Interim Report

In 2009, the Obama administration canceled plans to build a permanent underground nuclear storage facility at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. The Department of Energy formed the 15-member Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future to identify alternative storage options and a strategy for managing the back end of the nuclear fuel cycle.

On July 29, 2011, the Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) released a draft report for public comment. The public comment period ended Oct. 31, 2011. A final report with recommendations is due to the Secretary of Energy before Jan. 29, 2012.  

The draft report includes the following key recommendations: 

  1. An approach to siting and developing nuclear waste management and disposal facilities in the U.S. that is “adaptive, staged, consent-based, transparent, and standards- and science-based.”
  2. A new, single-purpose organization to develop and implement a focused, integrated program for the transportation, storage, and disposal of nuclear waste in the U.S.
  3. Assured access by the nuclear waste management program to the balance in the Nuclear Waste Fund and to the revenues generated by annual nuclear waste fee payments.
  4. Prompt efforts to develop, as quickly as possible, one or more permanent deep geological facilities for the safe disposal of spent fuel and high-level nuclear waste.
  5. Prompt efforts to develop, as quickly as possible, one or more consolidated interim storage facilities as part of an integrated, comprehensive plan for managing the back end of the nuclear fuel cycle.
  6. Stable, long-term support for research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) on advanced reactor and fuel cycle technologies that have the potential to offer substantial benefits relative to currently available technologies and for related workforce needs and skills development.
  7. International leadership to address global non-proliferation concerns and improve the safety and security of nuclear facilities and materials worldwide.

SRSCRO Community Comments

The SRS Community Reuse Organization (SRSCRO) has been proactive in expressing opposition to cancellation of plans to complete Yucca Mountain as the nation’s permanent nuclear waste repository.

Rick McLeod, SRSCRO Executive Director, provided testimony to the U. S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on October 27, 2011 in Washington, DC concerning the draft recommendations. Here is a link to the written comments submitted for the record. Click here to access to the page with the archived video of the full Committee hearing on October 27, 2011.

Here is a link to comments made by J. David Jameson representing the SRSCRO at the BRC Public Hearing in Atlanta, GA, October 18, 2011.

Below are public comments presented by J. David Jameson during the BRC public meeting on January 7, 2011 in Augusta, Georgia and also earlier remarks by Rick McLeod during the March 25, 2010 in Washington DC.

Below are video excerpts from presentations made at the BRC public meeting on January 7, 2011 in Augusta, Georgia.

Senator Lindsey Graham – on Yucca Mountain

Senator Lindsey Graham – on H-Canyon

Senator Lindsey Graham – on Reprocessing

J. David Jameson (SRSCRO Chairman & President of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce) – representing the SRSCRO

Brian Tucker (President of the Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce) – representing local Chamber of Commerce Interests

Danny Black (President of the Southern Carolina Alliance) – representing local Economic Development Interests

Dr. Susan Winsor (President of the Aiken Technical College) – representing local Education Institutions

Dr. Susan Winsor (President of the Aiken Technical College) – on Nuclear Workforce Initiative® and Yucca Mountain