Examining America’s Nuclear Waste Management and Storage

Hearing Date: September 26, 2017 2:00 pm 2154 Rayburn HOB


  • To examine the management of our nation’s increasing amount of nuclear waste.
  • To highlight the challenges communities across the country face when dealing with nuclear waste.


  • Over the last four decades, the nuclear industry has produced 76,430 metric tons of nuclear waste – enough to cover a football field eight yards deep.
  • In 1982, Congress passed the Nuclear Waste Policy Act (NWPA), which directs the Department of Energy to build and operate a repository for used nuclear fuels and other high-level radioactive waste. 
  • Despite the NWPA, the United States does not utilize one repository or storage site, leaving nuclear waste sitting at numerous nuclear facilities throughout communities nationwide.

Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
Mr. Anthony J. O'Donnell Commissioner, Maryland Public Service Commission Chair, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Document
Mr. Chuck Smith Councilmember, Aiken County, South Carolina On behalf of Energy Communities Alliance Document
Mr. David G. Victor Chairman, San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, Community Engagement Panel Professor, UC San Diego School of Global Policy & Strategy Document
Dr. Edwin Lyman Senior Scientist, Global Security Program Union of Concerned Scientists Document
Ms. Katie Tubb Policy Analyst, Institute for Economic Freedom The Heritage Foundation Document