Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Option & an Alternative to the Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant
Frank von Hippel
Professor Emeritus of Princeton University
Former CEO of Gesellschaft für Nuklear Service
Language:The speech and Q & A will be in English
After decades of delays, the Rokkasho reprocessing plant is nowscheduled to be ready for operation in October. If that happens, theplant will separate more plutonium, despite the fact that Japanalready has about 45 tons of stockpiled in Europe and domestically--enough for more than 5,000 bombs -- and despite a pledge by PrimeMinister Shinzo Abe at the March Nuclear Security Summit at The Hagueto minimize stocks of separated plutonium by matching supply anddemand.
Von Hippel and Janberg will present proposals for new initiatives bywhich Japan could implement the Prime Minister's commitment, includinginstalling dry cask spent fuel storage units at nuclear power plantsand elsewhere to prevent the Rokkasho reprocessing plant fromgenerating plutonium levels that would further increase Japan's excessstock. They will also report on their (scheduled) meeting with theJapanese government on this and other issues.
Frank von Hippel is Professor of Public and International Affairs,emeritus and co-chair International Panel on Fissile Materials. Heserved as Assistant Director for National Security in the White HouseOffice of Science and Technology Policy (1994-5).
Nuclear consultant Klaus Janberg managed the development andproduction of the casks at GNS that provide interim storage for spentfuel in Germany and a number of other countries.
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Frank von Hippel Klaus Janberg