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Radioactive Waste Panel To Meet January 6th

Grayson_Lynn_COLORBy E. Lynn Grayson

 

The Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future (Commission) will meet January 6-7, 2011 in Augusta, GA with the agenda including a tour of the Savannah River Site in Aiken County, S.C.—a facility where approximately 36 million gallons of high level liquid radioactive waste remains from Cold War era production of nuclear weapons. The Commission will hear presentations and statements from various stakeholder groups in order to obtain additional information for Commission consideration.

The Commission was created in 2010 to conduct a comprehensive review of policies for managing the back end of the nuclear fuel cycle. The Commission will provide advice and make recommendations on issues including alternatives for the storage, processing and disposal of civilian and defense spent nuclear fuel and nuclear waste. The Commission is scheduled to submit a draft report to the Secretary of Energy by July 2011 with the final report expected by January of 2012.

The public is invited to participate in this meeting including a drive-by tour of the Savannah River Site. Those interested in doing so can register beginning Monday, January 3rd through 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 4th by calling 803-952-8467. Those wishing to provide comments during the meeting need to register on January 7th beginning at 8:00 a.m. at the meeting location—the Augusta Marriott Hotel and Suites, Two Tenth Street in Augusta, GA. The meeting also will be available via live webcast.

For additional information about the Commission, the upcoming meeting or to participate in the webcast, see the Commission's website at www.brc.gov.