2015 • 2 years • Nuclear Challenges
The Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) is an environmental action group, combining the grassroots power of 1.4 million members and online activists with the expertise of more than 350 lawyers, scientists, and other professionals. The award provides project support for NRDC’s work on the nuclear fuel cycle. NRDC addresses three main issues: the U.S. Department of Energy’s planning for a next federal research reactor project; an alternative fuel cycle to replace a pyroprocessing-based fuel cycle; and a consent-based approach for nuclear waste disposal. The project is intended to constrain and prevent programs for reprocessing spent nuclear fuel, and to oppose reactor concepts that use separated plutonium as fuel, because of the unacceptably high nuclear weapons proliferation risks and environmental harms.