Susanne E. Vandenbosch

RETIRED

6233 52nd Ave NE
Seattle, WA
USA
98115-7713
suevanden@aol.com

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My focus continues to be on high-level nuclear waste disposal and storage policy. At the present time nuclear waste produced in nuclear reactors continues to be stored at reactor sites in spent fuel pools or casks. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 2011 suspended review of the Yucca Mountain license application. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, on August 13 2013, ruled that the NRC broke the law in suspending the license application. On November 22, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the Department of Energy must stop collecting fees paid by consumers of nuclear power. The fees fund a nuclear waste disposal program but not storage. As of October 2015 no spent fuel has been disposed of. In August 2014 the U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission ruled that spent fuel can be safely stored in casks at reactor sites for an indefinite period. Congress has not repealed the law that requires ultimate disposal in a geological repository however.

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Vandenbosch, Susanne and Robert Vandenbosch, 2012. "A Blue Ribbon Commission's Proposal for Breaking the Nuclear Waste Stalemate." Physics & Society July 2012
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Vandenbosch, Robert and Susanne E. Vandenbosch. 2015. "Nuclear Waste Confidence; is Indefinite Storage Safe?" Physics & Society. July 2015.
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Vandenbosch, Robert, and Susanne E. Vandenbosch. 2007. Nuclear Waste Stalemate: Political and Scientific Controversies. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press.

Substantive Focus:
Energy and Natural Resource Policy
Environmental Policy PRIMARY
Governance SECONDARY
Science and Technology Policy
Comparative Public Policy

Theoretical Focus:
Policy History
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation SECONDARY
Policy Analysis and Evaluation PRIMARY

Keywords

NUCLEAR WASTE POLITICS NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY SPENT FUEL YUCCA MOUNTAIN COURT DECISIONS GEOLOGICAL REPOSITORY NUCLEAR WASTE NUCLEAR WASTE MANAGEMENT NUCLEAR WASTE DISPOSAL NUCLEAR WASTE CONFIDENCE BLUE RIBBON COMMISSSION NUCLEAR WASTE STORAGE