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Natural Resources Defense Council NRDC

Grants to Natural Resources Defense Council NRDC

  • $450,000

    2015 (Duration 2 years)

    Nuclear Challenges

    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — 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.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Natural Resources Defense Council NRDC $450,000 between 1978 and 2017.

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