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Yucca Mountain and the Nuclear Renaissance: Assessing the Safety and Viability of a Vital National Asset

Recorded on March 7, 2008

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium

Nuclear power is emerging as a solution to America's energy concerns.  Despite its impeccable safety and environmental record as well as its potential to transform America's energy profile, questions remain about the viability of a broad expansion of nuclear power.  One of the last major hurdles to overcome is what to do about Yucca Mountain.  Questions remain about whether it can be opened at all and if opened, whether or not it will be sufficient to support an American nuclear renaissance.  Join us for a presentation by Edward F. Sproat III, Director of the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management with the U.S. Department of Energy on the enduring role of Yucca Mountain followed by an expert panel discussion on the safety of geologic storage, how recycling spent nuclear fuel could affect Yucca Mountain's long-term viability, and overcoming the political impasse over Yucca Mountain in Congress.