Solving the Unsolvable: Nuclear Waste Solutions for the New Millennium

April 6, 2018 | 9:00 AM

Save the Date: Friday April 6, 2018


Managing spent fuel is one of the most significant challenges surrounding the use of nuclear energy. Although the technical means to build repositories exist, disposal attempts have often faced strong political and societal pushback. Many states are now acknowledging the urgency of the matter and considering multinational or national interim storage facilities until they construct a permanent repository. The Stimson Center and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Global Nuclear Future Initiative are pleased to host a seminar on “Solving the Unsolvable: Nuclear Waste Solutions for the New Millennium.” Led by experts from academia, government, NGOs, and the nuclear industry, the panels and discussions will examine the existing interim storage facility proposals as well as opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.  

WHAT: A public seminar on various proposals for storage of radioactive waste.
WHERE: The Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 8th Floor, Washington DC, 20036
WHEN: Friday, April 6, 2018 | 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
RSVP: Click here to RSVP for the event.
FOLLOW@StimsonCenter on Twitter for event news and use #StimsonNow to join the conversation.



Subject to change

9:00 – 9:15      

Opening Remarks by the Stimson Center and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 

9:15 – 10:45










Panel Discussion: Nuclear Waste Management – Existing Proposals and Levels of Governance

Chair: Cindy Vestergaard, Stimson Center


Putting proposals into the global context
Carlyn Greene, UXC

How regional institutions might be able to address this issue – examples from the African Continent and Southeast Asia
Francesca Giovannini, American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Multilateral Interim Storage
Robert Rosner, University of Chicago

Current Multilateral Repository Initiatives   
Charles McCombie, ARIUS Association 

10:45 – 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30










Roundtable: Factors that might Advance Storage Solutions at the National or Multilateral level: Experiences from around the World 

Chair: Robert Sloan, Tulane Law School


South Australia
Geordan Graetz

Speaker TBD

The United Arab Emirates
Speaker TBD

Spent Fuel Storage in Taiwan
Yea-Jen Tseng, Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology 

12:30 – 13:30


Lunch and Keynote Address: the Situation in the United States and Steps Forward

Speaker: Daniel B. Poneman, Centrus Energy Corp.

13:30 – 15:00











Roundtable: Challenges and Possibilities Ahead  

Chair: Jacqueline Kempfer, Stimson Center           

New nuclear suppliers and spent fuel management
Mark Hibbs, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

National responsibilities for spent fuel and radioactive wastes (safety, security, funding capabilities, participation etc.)
Speaker TBD

Working on capacity building at national and regional level: NTI work in Asia
Andrew Newman, Nuclear Threat Initiative

Technology innovation – can it help to bring down the costs?
Speaker TBD

The Role of ‘4S’ Nuclear Principles
Cindy Vestergaard, Stimson Center