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Consent-Based Siting

  • Integrated Waste Management and Consent-Based Siting Booklet

    This booklet provides an overview of issues involved in the Department's vision of an integrated waste management system and its consent-based approach to siting the facilities needed to manage nuclear waste.

  • Finding Long-Term Solutions for Nuclear Waste

    Under Secretary for Science and Energy Lynn Orr discusses the consent-based siting initiative, as part of a strategy to for long-term storage and disposal of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste.

  • Invitation for Public Comment

    As part of the consent-based siting initiative, the Department issued an Invitation for Public Comment in the Federal Register. We are requesting feedback from communities, states, Tribal Nations, and interested stakeholders on important considerations in designing a fair and effective process.

  • The Administration's Strategy

    The Administration's Strategy for the Management and Disposal of Used Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Radioactive Waste provides a framework for moving toward a sustainable program to manage our nation’s spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste.

  • Moving Forward to Address Nuclear Waste Storage and Disposal

    Acting Assistant Secretary John Kotek discusses storage and disposal of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste.

About Us

Our goal is to develop solutions for the long-term, sustainable management of our nation’s spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste. We are planning for an integrated waste management system to transport, store, and dispose of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste from commercial electricity generation, as well national defense activities. To achieve this goal, we are developing a process to site facilities collaboratively with the public, communities, stakeholders, and governments at the state, tribal, and local levels. We are seeking the help of all Americans in developing a consent-based approach to siting that is fair and reflective of public input. We are committed to finding a solution that protects our nation's citizens, communities, and the environment.

Join the Conversation

To launch the consent-based siting effort, we issued an Invitation for Public Comment in the Federal Register soliciting input on important considerations in designing a fair and effective process for siting. To provide us with your input, please respond to the Invitation for Public Comment in the Federal Register through July 31 or email us at consentbasedsiting@hq.doe.gov. Key questions to consider include:

How can the Department ensure that the process for selecting a site is fair?

Consent based siting seeks to ensure fairness in the distribution of costs, benefits, risks and responsibilities now and in future generations. How, in your view, can fairness be best assured by the process for selecting a site?

What models and experience should the Department use in designing the process?

The challenges and opportunities of site selection drive us to continue to learn from previous or ongoing examples. From your perspective, what experience and models do you think are the most relevant to consider and draw from in designing the process for selecting a site?

Who should be involved in the process for selecting a site, and what is their role?

The Department believes that there may be a wide range of communities who will want to learn more and be involved in selecting a site. Participation in the process for selecting a site carries important responsibilities. What are your views on who should be involved and the roles participants should have?

What information and resources do you think would facilitate your participation?

The Department is committed to ensuring people and communities have sufficient information and access to resources for engaging fully and effectively in siting. What information and resources would be essential to enable you to learn the most about and participate in the siting process?

What else should be considered?

These questions are a starting point for discussion on the design of the consent-based siting process. The Department would like to hear about and discuss any related questions, issues, and ideas that you think are important.

Activities and Events

Upcoming Events
Consent-Based Siting Public Meeting Locations

We also welcome your input at one of our eight public meetings around the country. The purpose of these meetings is to hear from the public, communities, states, Tribal Nations, and all interested stakeholders on what matters to you as we move forward in developing a consent-based process. 

The remaining two public meetings will be in:

  • Boise, ID on July 14, 2016 at Boise Centre. Please click here to read more about the meeting in Boise, view an agenda, and download meeting materials. Please register here to attend the Boise meeting in person or view the event online. To view a live webcast of the meeting, please click here.
  • Minneapolis, MN on July 21, 2016 at the Hilton Minneapolis. Please register here to attend the Minneapolis meeting in person or view the event online. To view a live webcast of the meeting, please click here.

We look forward to your participation! 

Past Events

Our sixth public meeting was held in Tempe, Arizona on June 23rd. Please check back soon for video of the event. To access meeting materials, please click here.

Our fifth public meeting was held in Boston, Massachusetts on June 2nd. To view a video of the event and access meeting materials, please click here.

Our fourth public meeting was held in Denver, Colorado on May 24th. To view a video of the event and access meeting materials, please click here.

Our third public meeting was held in Sacramento, California on April 26th. To view a video of the event and access the meeting materials, please click here.

Our second public meeting was held in Atlanta, Georgia on April 11th. To view a video of the event and access the meeting materials, please click here

Our first public meeting was held in Chicago, Illinois on March 29th. To view a video of the event and access the meeting materials, please click here

Our “kick-off meeting” was held in Washington, DC on January 20, 2016. You can find more information, including a summary and video of the event here.

Next Steps

Written comments submitted as part of the Invitation for Public Comment, along with input from the eight public meetings, will be documented in a draft report released later this year. The Department is planning to solicit comments on the draft report to ensure the content accurately reflects the input we receive and provide the opportunity for additional comments.

If you are unable to attend a public meeting or would like to further discuss ideas for consent-based siting, please email us at consentbasedsiting@hq.doe.gov to begin a conversation. We will do our best to accommodate requests and help arrange additional opportunities to engage.