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Title: Managing the Nuclear Fuel Cycle, The Big Picture

Abstract

The nuclear industry, at least in the United States, has failed to deliver on its promise of cheap, abundant energy. After pioneering the science and application and becoming a primary exporter of nuclear technologies, domestic use of nuclear power fell out-of-favor with the public and has been relatively stagnant for several decades. Recently, renewed interest has generated optimism and talk of a nuclear renaissance characterized by a new generation of safe, clean nuclear plants in this country. But, as illustrated by recent policy shifts regarding closure of the fuel cycle and geologic disposal of high-level radioactive wastes, significant hurdles have yet to be overcome. Using the principles of system dynamics, this paper will take a holistic look at the nuclear industry and the interactions between the key players to explore both the intended and unintended consequences of efforts to address the issues that have impeded the growth of the industry and also to illustrate aspects which must be effectively addressed if the renaissance of our industry is to be achieved and sustained.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Idaho National Laboratory (INL)
Sponsoring Org.:
DOE - EM
OSTI Identifier:
986954
Report Number(s):
INL/CON-10-19031
TRN: US1006560
DOE Contract Number:  
DE-AC07-05ID14517
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Institute for Nuclear Materials Management, 51st Annual Meeging,Baltimore, Md,07/11/2010,07/15/2010
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; 11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; CLOSURES; FUEL CYCLE; HIGH-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTES; NUCLEAR FUELS; NUCLEAR INDUSTRY; NUCLEAR MATERIALS MANAGEMENT; NUCLEAR POWER; spent fuel management

Citation Formats

Brett W Carlsen. Managing the Nuclear Fuel Cycle, The Big Picture. United States: N. p., 2010. Web.
Brett W Carlsen. Managing the Nuclear Fuel Cycle, The Big Picture. United States.
Brett W Carlsen. Thu . "Managing the Nuclear Fuel Cycle, The Big Picture". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/986954.
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