Managing nuclear wastes for the millennia

December 17, 2007

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - U.S. Courts have decreed that the federal government must come up with a system for managing nuclear wastes that will ensure the safety of the public and environment for one million years, a period that is 200 times the length of recorded history.

On Jan. 7-8, a symposium titled "Uncertainty in Long-Term Planning - Nuclear Waste Management, a Case Study" will bring experts together from government, industry, academia and the environmental community on the Vanderbilt campus in order to identify potential paths for accomplishing this unprecedented goal and to evaluate their associated risks and uncertainties.

Speakers include:The symposium, which is open to the public, is being held in honor of Frank L. Parker, Distinguished Professor of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering at Vanderbilt, who has been a pioneer in nuclear waste management and environmental protection. Over the past four decades he has led a number of major international studies of nuclear waste issues for the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, among others.

The workshop begins at 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 7, in the Jacobs Believed in Me Auditorium in Featheringill Hall on the Vanderbilt campus and runs through 5 p.m. on Jan. 8.
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