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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Information-Gathering Meetings." National Research Council. 2003. One Step at a Time: The Staged Development of Geologic Repositories for High-Level Radioactive Waste. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/10611.
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Appendix B
Information-Gathering Meetings

Below is a list of presentations the committee received during information-gathering meetings. These were open to the public and included opportunities for public comment.

B.1 Meeting 1: June 27–29, 2001, Washington, D.C.

  • Welcome and Presentation of the Study, C.McCombie, committee chair.

  • Sponsor’s Hopes and Expectations for This Study, L.Barrett, Department of Energy—Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (DOE-OCRWM).

  • Overview of the U.S. Yucca Mountain Project, J.Williams, DOE-OCRWM

  • Perspective of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), F. Marcinowski, USEPA.

  • Recent Findings from U.S. Public Opinion Surveys on Nuclear Energy Issues, Mark Richards, Bisconti Research, Inc.

  • Views from the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IEER), A. Makhijani, IEER.

  • Perspective from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC), W. Reamer, USNRC.

  • Perspectives on Policy Issues and Overview of Step-Wise Approaches in Foreign Countries, C.McCombie, committee chair.

  • Perspectives of the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), S.Kraft, NEI.

  • Risk, The Public, And Public Agencies, W.Freudenburg, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Institutional Challenges for High-Reliability Systems across Many Operational Generations, T.LaPorte, University of California, Berkeley.

B.2 Meeting 2: September 5–7, 2001, Washington, D.C.

  • Opening Remarks from The U.S. Department of Energy, L.Barrett, DOE-OCRWM.

  • Staging in Repository Systems: Current Views on Staging from the Nuclear Community. C.Pescatore, Nuclear Energy Agency-Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (NEA-OECD).

  • Staging: Institutional and Organizational Aspects, J.Ahearne, Sigma Xi.

  • Staging: Public Interaction and Acceptance Aspects, J.Flynn, Decision Research, Inc.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Information-Gathering Meetings." National Research Council. 2003. One Step at a Time: The Staged Development of Geologic Repositories for High-Level Radioactive Waste. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/10611.
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  • Staging: Policy, Legal, and Regulatory Aspects, M.Federline, USNRC.

  • Staging: Can Science Develop Confidence? N.Oreskes, University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

  • Application of Staging in Sweden and Finland, T.Eng, Svensk Karnbranslehantering (SKB), Sweden.

  • Application of Staging in Switzerland, P.Zuidema, National Cooperative for the Disposal of Radioactive Waste (NAGRA), Switzerland.

  • Application of Staging in France, Y.Le Bars, National Radioactive Waste Management Agency (ANDRA), France.

  • Application of Staging in the United States: Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, G.Dials, USEPA.

  • Staging in NASA Missions, S.Johnson, University of North Dakota.

  • Staging the Introduction of a Genetically Modified Organism, E.Hallerman, Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

  • Monitoring of Repositories: Views of the International Waste Management Community, A.Bonne, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

  • Environmental Monitoring, L.Everett, The IT Group.

  • Critical Question: Does Monitoring Really Increase Safety and Acceptability? T. Weinmann, CTL Group.

  • Reversibility and Retrievability: Views of the Waste Management International Community, B.McKirdy, National Inventory of Radioactive Waste (NIREX), United Kingdom.

  • Critical Question: Do Economic and Safety Costs of Retrievability Justify Gains? P.Zuidema, NAGRA.

  • Spent Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Waste in Repository Staging, W.North, Northworks, Inc.

  • Discussion: Lessons Learned from the Workshop and Opportunity for Public Comments. C.McCombie, committee chair.

  • Workshop Concluding Remarks, C.McCombie, committee chair.

B.3 Meeting 3: December 17–19, 2001, Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Welcome and Presentation of the Committee, C.McCombie, committee chair.

  • Performance Confirmation and DOE’s Monitoring Plans, W.Boyle, Department of Energy-Yucca Mountain Project (DOE-YMP).

  • Geophysical Monitoring: Models, Uncertainties, Safety Concerns, J.Brune, University of Nevada, Reno.

  • Conceptual Models in Hydrogeological Studies, P.Hsieh, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

  • Hydrological Monitoring at Yucca Mountain, L.Lehman, independent consultant.

  • Focus on Non-Technical Uncertainties, Allen Benson, DOE-YMP Institutional Affairs; R.Loux, State of Nevada Representative; J.R Taguchi, Chair of the Nye County Board of Commissioners; K.J.Phillips, mayor of Caliente, Nevada.

  • Panel Discussion on the Role of the State Educational System in the Yucca Mountain Project, K.Stetzenbach, director of the Harry Reid Center of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; D.Shafer, Desert Research Institute.

  • The View of an Independent Organization, S.Snyder, Shundahai Network.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Information-Gathering Meetings." National Research Council. 2003. One Step at a Time: The Staged Development of Geologic Repositories for High-Level Radioactive Waste. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/10611.
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  • DOE’s Safety Case, A.Van Luik, DOE-Yucca Mountain Project.

  • US. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC) Update on 10 CFR 63, T. McCartin, USNRC.

  • Long-Term Research and Development Needs and Staging, W.Glassley, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; J.Price, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology.

B.4 Meeting 4: June 10–11, 2002, Washington, D.C.

  • DOE’s Vision of Staging, M.Chu and J.Williams, DOE-OCRWM.

  • State of Nevada’s Feedback on Committee’s Progress Report, S.Frishman, State of Nevada.

  • Nuclear Energy Institute’s Feedback on Committee’s Progress Report, S.Kraft, NEI.

  • USNRC’s Feedback on Committee’s Progress Report, M.Federline, USNRC.

  • Status on Repository Design—Geotechnical Considerations, M.Board, Bechtel Science Applications International Corporation (Bechtel-SAIC).

  • DOE’s Flexible Repository Design, W.Stroupe, Bechtel-SAIC.

  • DOE’s Long-Term Science Plan for Yucca Mountain, S.Brocoum, DOE-Yucca Mountain Project.

B.5 Meeting 5: August 12, 2002, Berkeley, California

  • Yucca Mountain Program Overview, M.Chu, DOE-YMP.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Information-Gathering Meetings." National Research Council. 2003. One Step at a Time: The Staged Development of Geologic Repositories for High-Level Radioactive Waste. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/10611.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Information-Gathering Meetings." National Research Council. 2003. One Step at a Time: The Staged Development of Geologic Repositories for High-Level Radioactive Waste. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/10611.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Information-Gathering Meetings." National Research Council. 2003. One Step at a Time: The Staged Development of Geologic Repositories for High-Level Radioactive Waste. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/10611.
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