Memo to the Next President: America's Nuclear Waste and What to Do With It

Publication Date: November 2008

Publisher: Progressive Policy Institute (U.S.)

Author(s): Bill Magwood; Mark Ribbing

Research Area: Energy; Environment

Keywords: Presidential transition; Radioactive waste; Nuclear energy

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


A candid discussion is needed -- within the new administration and in the country as a whole -- about nuclear energy, a non-climate- changing power source that is actually capable of generating significant amounts of energy in the near term. The key to making nuclear energy a more viable alternative is the adoption of advanced spent-fuel recycling techniques to deal with one of nuclear power's most vexing problems -- the presence of radioactive waste material.