Ed Lyman Discusses Nuclear Waste on “Living on Earth”

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Ed Lyman talked with Living on Earth’s Steve Curwood last week about waste from US nuclear power plants and the ongoing problems with disposing of it.


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About the author: Dr. Wright received his PhD in physics from Cornell University in 1983, and worked for five years as a research physicist. He was an SSRC-MacArthur Foundation Fellow in International Peace and Security in the Center for Science and International Affairs in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and a Senior Analyst at the Federation of American Scientists. He is a Fellow of the American Physics Society (APS) and a recipient of APS Joseph A. Burton Forum Award in 2001. He has been at UCS since 1992. Areas of expertise: Space weapons and security, ballistic missile proliferation, ballistic missile defense, U.S. nuclear weapons and nuclear weapons policy. David also blogs on the Equation.

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  • Russ Finley

    “The Fukushima disaster in Japan is grabbing headlines, but the United States has a nuclear problem on its hands as well.”

    Which disaster are you talking about? This one?

    It would be nice if the anti-nuclear ideologues would let us do a better job dealing with our waste.

    I learned a great deal about Lyman’s expertise when I reviewed his review of Pandora’s Promise:

    “That legislation would create a new authority for managing nuclear waste outside the Department of Energy, which a lot of people believe is necessary to make progress. It would actually begin the process for what’s called consent-based citing, for both consolidated interim storage sites above ground and a geologic repository in the future. But one has to be very careful that you don’t have a process which is essentially bribing a disadvantaged community to take nuclear waste. I mean from an ethical point of view, that’s very questionable.”

    Once the anti-nuclear lobby realizes that passage of this consent-based community storage will kick off a bidding war from hundreds, if not thousands of communities perfectly happy to have the income, their tactics will change to stopping the legislation.

  • Donna Gilmore

    Your interview doesn’t address the problems with cask storage of high burnup fuel. Data is available showing problems with less than 20 years of cask storage. I’ve captured some of the key documents here:

    What is your view on this?