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Designing a Process for Selecting a Site for a Deep-Mined, Geologic Repository for High-Level Radioactive Waste and Spent Nuclear Fuel (November 2015)

To provide policymakers with information about efforts in the United States and other countries to site a deep-mined, geologic repository for high-level radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel, the Board prepared two reports. The reports rely on a comparative historical inquiry into two dozen siting efforts that have taken place over the past half century in ten different nations. This overview and summary is a short synopsis of the major insights that derive from that study. The Detailed Analysis is an in-depth account that provides the empirical foundations for those insights. The reports contain four recommendations that policymakers might consider if they choose to begin a new siting effort for a first or second repository