Presentation Title

The Nuclear Energy Transition In America: Stakeholder Involvement In Nuclear Power Plant Decommissioning

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

School

School of Sciences and Social Sciences

Discipline

Environmental Studies

Mentor

James Kraly

Abstract

Cheap and plentiful natural gas, technical challenges of aging facilities, public mistrust of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and policy controversy over nuclear energy and waste management all help to explain the recent decommissioning of nuclear power plants across the country. Decommissioning is still largely unfamiliar territory for the U.S. and involves a number of controversial decisions, which should involve stakeholders including local communities, residents, plant employees, and the licensed operator. Research was conducted to understand how stakeholders are involved in decommissioning decisions. We examined processes at four plants early in the decommissioning process and two plants that completed the process. This presentation summarizes the issues and barriers surrounding nuclear policy regarding stakeholders and highlights how stakeholder engagement can be made more effective and fair.

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The Nuclear Energy Transition In America: Stakeholder Involvement In Nuclear Power Plant Decommissioning

Cheap and plentiful natural gas, technical challenges of aging facilities, public mistrust of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and policy controversy over nuclear energy and waste management all help to explain the recent decommissioning of nuclear power plants across the country. Decommissioning is still largely unfamiliar territory for the U.S. and involves a number of controversial decisions, which should involve stakeholders including local communities, residents, plant employees, and the licensed operator. Research was conducted to understand how stakeholders are involved in decommissioning decisions. We examined processes at four plants early in the decommissioning process and two plants that completed the process. This presentation summarizes the issues and barriers surrounding nuclear policy regarding stakeholders and highlights how stakeholder engagement can be made more effective and fair.