John Kotek

Articles by John Kotek

14 February 2012

Social acceptance and the Blue Ribbon Commission: A positive experience in national nuclear waste discussions

Allison MacfarlaneJohn Kotek

Last month, the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future (BRC) released its final report, a culmination of two years' work on the difficult issue of how best to manage the back end of the nuclear fuel cycle in the United States. We both participated in this process, as a commissioner and as staff director, and find it worthwhile to reflect on how the commission's process -- that is to say, involving the community -- shaped our recommendations.