Ed Lyman

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Dr. Lyman received his PhD in physics from Cornell University in 1992. He was a postdoctoral research scientist at Princeton University's Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, and then served as Scientific Director and President of the Nuclear Control Institute. He joined UCS in 2003. He is an active member of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management and has served on expert panels of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. His research focuses on security issues associated with the management of nuclear materials and the operation of nuclear power plants, particularly with respect to reprocessing and civil plutonium. Areas of expertise: Nuclear terrorism, proliferation risks of nuclear power, nuclear weapons policy

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Let’s Get a Better Deal on Plutonium Disposition

President-elect Donald Trump has promised to renegotiate international agreements to get “better deals” for the United States. A good place for him to start would be the U.S.-Russia Plutonium Management and Disposition Agreement (PMDA), which obligates each country to dispose of 34 metric tons of excess plutonium from their military stockpiles, so the dangerous material cannot easily be reused for nuclear weapons. Collectively, this plutonium is enough for more than 15,000 nuclear bombs. Read more >

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New Army Corps of Engineers Report Reveals that the Problems with MOX Run Deep

Late Friday afternoon, the Department of Energy released an updated assessment of the status of construction of the MOX Fuel Fabrication Facility (MFFF) at the Savannah River Site (SRS). The report contains more bad news for the troubled facility. Read more >

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Nuclear Plant Security on the 15th Anniversary of 9/11: The Need to Remain Vigilant

Although the September 11, 2001, attacks are becoming a distant memory, it would be a big mistake to forget that the danger to the United States from both international and domestic terrorists remains very real today. Unfortunately, U.S. nuclear power plant owners are experiencing collective denial about their facilities’ vulnerability to sabotage attacks that could cause widespread radiological contamination. Read more >

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Indian Point and a Victory for Sound Science at the NRC

UCS devotes a lot of ink to criticizing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for making bad decisions that reduce nuclear safety. So it is a refreshing change of pace to be able to praise the agency.  On May 4, the NRC commissioners did the right thing and voted to overturn a ruling by the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board in the Indian Point license renewal proceeding that, had it stood, would have set a terrible precedent for scientific integrity in regulatory decision-making. Read more >

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The Perfect Gift for the Nuclear Security Summit

As the fourth and final Nuclear Security Summit convenes today, here’s an idea for a great parting gift that President Obama can offer to the international community. The United States possesses a unique asset that could be used to train nuclear security guards in a realistic setting: the partially built Mixed Oxide (MOX) Fuel Fabrication Facility at the U.S. government’s Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina. Using this complex as an international training center would help strengthen global nuclear security and give new life to a facility that otherwise appears destined for the scrap heap. Read more >

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