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20 Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. html HANDLING SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL 21 severe environmental restrictions will lead in turn to sharp price competition and corresponding instability. It is nuclear power, with its greater fuel resources using existing technologies, that may be able to stabilize the energy sector in the twenty-first century on an environmentally safe basis. The competitive advantages of this type of energy production are commonly known. Here I would like to focus on history, however: specifically those very joyous predictions that were made with regard to the rates of development of the nuclear energy sector in the 1960s.
PROCESS In 2002 Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham recommended to President Bush that DOE should go forward with developing an application to construct the Yucca Mountain repository. The president accepted that recommendation and forwarded it to Congress. As the Waste Policy Act provides, the host state, Nevada, could refuse to accept the repository, a veto that could be overridden by the Congress. Nevada did veto the recommendations, and finally the Congress Copyright © National Academy of Sciences.
End Points for Spent Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Radioactive Waste in Russia and the United States. : The National Academies Press, 2003. This study was cochaired by Academician Laverov; the Russian members of the committee included Academician Melnikov, Academician Myasoedov, and Dr. Pek. The study provides a high-level view of the entire fuel cycle in both countries and recommends near-term and long-term actions. NOTES 1. National Research Council. End Points for Spent Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Radioactive Waste in Russia and the United States.