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Audio/Video: Uncertainty in Long Term Planning-Nuclear Waste Management, A Case Study

Jan. 16, 2009, 1:19 PM

Watch video and listen to podcasts from Uncertainty in Long Term Planning-Nuclear Waste Management, A Case Study. The Jan. 7-8, 2008, symposium and celebration was held in honor Frank L. Parker, Distinguished Professor of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering at Vanderbilt University.

The conditions of nuclear waste management today were examined as a basis for exploring the potential paths forward over the mandated time period of 1 million years. Technical, programmatic, social, financial and natural risks over these time periods, as well as inter- and intra-generational responsibilities, are considered. The possible changes, both positive and negative, in medical knowledge, technology, society and environmental conditions are discussed. Speakers and additional participants with diverse technical, social, political, philosophical and national backgrounds propose potentially societally acceptable paths forward and the advantages and disadvantages of each of the paths.

Sponsored by: The Mason Foundation, The Garrick Foundation, and The Consortium for Risk Evaluation with Stakeholder Participation.

1. Dean Kenneth Galloway welcomes participants to the Symposium
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2. Frank L. Parker: Symposium Introduction
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3. William Colglazier: “Stewardship and Nuclear Waste: What Is Our Responsibility to Future Generations?”
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4. Edward F. Sproat III: “Yucca Mountain: The Real World Implementation Challenges”
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5. Tom Cochran: “Assessing the Safety of Yucca Mountain”
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6. Adam H. Levin: “Spent Fuel Management at Exelon Nuclear”
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7. Bernard Goldstein leads the morning facilitated discussion
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8. Joe Nemec: “Near Surface Disposal Facility Design, Operations and Closure”
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9. John Ahearne: “WIPP and Yucca Mountain: A Success and a Failure. What are Lessons for the Future?”
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10. Richard Meserve: “The Legal Requirements for Yucca Mountain”
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11. Tom Isaacs: “The Canadian Repository Program: Helping Society Make Up Its Mind”
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12. Claes Thegerstrom: “Progress in Implementation of a System for Deep Geological Disposal of Spent Nuclear Fuel in Sweden – Technical and Social Aspects”
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13. George M. Hornberger leads the afternoon facilitated discussion
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14. Chris G. Whipple: “Performance Assessment – Contributions from Natural and Engineered Barriers”
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15. John Garrick: “What Have We Learned About Geological Disposal from the Yucca Mountain Experience?”
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16. Robert J. Budnitz: “Regulation of Permanent Disposal Facilities – A Historical Perspective”
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17. Michael R. Greenberg: “Are Nuclear Facilities LULUs? A Review of U.S. Data”
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18. Roger E. Kasperson: “Engaging Publics in the Siting of Nuclear Waste Facilities”
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19. Charles W. Powers: “What Characteristics of High Level Waste and Spent Nuclear Fuel Do or Should Shape Our Concepts of Intergenerational Ethical Responsibility for Their Disposition?”
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20. Arthur Upton: “Health Perspectives and Approaches to Health Criteria for the Next 1000 years”
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21. Milton Russell: “Long and Long-Long Term Management: Goals and Decision Criteria”
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22. David S. Kosson: “Suggestions and Recommendations for a Path Forward – Integrating Our Collective Thoughts”
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23. Frank L. Parker: “Moving From Today to the Future”
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24. Tom Cochran provides additional comments
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25. B. John Garrick: “Facilitated Discussion and Wrap Up”
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26. B. John Garrick and David S. Kosson: “Closing Statements”
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Contact: Kevin George Brown
kevin.g.brown@vanderbilt.edu

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