CHICAGO – On Tuesday, March 29, in Chicago, the U.S. Department of Energy will host the first of eight public meetings around the country intended to help design its consent-based siting process for federal facilities to manage our nation's nuclear waste. These meetings are intended to allow the public, communities, states, Tribal Nations and others to help inform the Department’s thinking as it develops this process.
Ultimately, a consent-based approach to siting will ensure that communities, Tribes, and states, as partners, are comfortable with the location of future storage and disposal facilities before they are constructed. This meeting, and those that follow, are important to regions that currently host spent fuel at operating and shutdown reactor sites, regions that host existing DOE facilities, and regions that may be interested in hosting storage or disposal facilities in the future.
At the public meeting, Acting Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy John Kotek will present on the Department’s vision for an integrated waste management system and the need for a consent-based approach to siting. That presentation will be followed by a panel session with several experts providing diverse perspectives on the main issues involved in the design and implementation of a consent-based process. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions to the Department and panelists, as well as make public comments at the end of the meeting.
Following this session, there will be facilitated small group discussions on a variety of topics related to consent-based siting and integrated waste management. These small group discussions will provide the opportunity for participants to engage on topics of interest to them. The Department intends for these small group discussions to be frank and open sessions on key topics that will inform the design of a consent-based process.
The program also includes two open houses with poster sessions before and after the formal meeting. The open house sessions provide participants with an opportunity to engage in less formal discussions with the Department and other meeting attendees.
WHO: Senior Officials from the U.S. Department of Energy
WHEN: Tuesday, March 29, 2016, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM CDT
WHERE: University of Chicago Gleacher Center, 450 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr., Chicago, IL
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