The hypothetical facility shown in this animation has not been sited or licensed. It is one concept intended only to demonstrate what a potential federal consolidated interim storage facility for commercial spent nuclear fuel could look like based on a set of operating assumptions.
Video of the recently completed 1,600-mile round-trip journey from Colorado to Idaho to wrap up final testing on the Atlas railcar.
DOE Consent-Based Siting Kickoff Meeting 7-24-23 Welcome video from DOE Secretary of Energy Granholm to the newly named Consortia members.
Making progress on the long-term management of spent nuclear fuel can be fraught with political and economic challenges, but groups within the U.S. are looking to try and tackle the challenge from many different angles. As the government ramps up efforts to support spent nuclear fuel management up to the limits of the law, ANS and others are making recommendations around, and receiving funding oriented to, pathways for progress.
Can anthropologists help the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) design a more environmentally just, participatory, and consent-based siting process for spent nuclear fuel management facilities? The DOE has committed to a consent-based approach to siting spent nuclear fuel management facilities that aims to enable broad community participation and center equity and environmental justice.
Nuclear energy is essential to tackling climate change. Maintaining the nation’s current fleet and deploying advanced reactors is crucial in achieving the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s ambitious goals of a 50% reduction in carbon emissions by the end of the decade, 100% clean electricity by 2035, and a net-zero economy by 2050.
However, to meet those goals, progress needs to be made in the management of spent nuclear fuel. Inaction on this issue has already cost taxpayers more than $9 billion in settlements and judgments.