Siting Experience Database

In January 2012, the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future (BRC) recommended;that the United States adopt a new approach to siting and developing nuclear waste management and disposal facilities. This process should be consent-based, transparent, phased, adaptive, standards- and science-based, and governed by partnership arrangements. Such a process has been used successfully in the past, and the BRC believes that this type of approach can provide the flexibility and sustain the public trust and confidence needed to see controversial facilities through to completion. The United States Department of Energy responded to these recommendations in January 2013, and endorsed the key principles that underpin the BRC's recommendations.

The BRC further recommended that, to ensure that future siting efforts are informed by past experience, the United States Department of Energy should establish a database of the experience that has been gained and relevant documentation that has been produced in efforts to site nuclear waste facilities, both in the United States and abroad. The Siting Experience Database implements this recommendation by providing an archive of documentation regarding efforts to site nuclear waste facilities, both in the United States and abroad. These documents can be accessed from the content links below or using the site Search Capabilities.

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Siting Experience Database Content:
Blue Ribbon Commission Summary
International Programs


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