January 29, 2010
Secretary Chu Announces Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future
.......which includes a list of Commission members.
As one commentator noted, the names on the list are as significant as the names NOT on it:
......having no sodium-fast-breeder guys on this commission is really significant.... This may be the biggest thing to ever happen to the prospects for thorium and the liquid-fluoride reactor. The DOE's announced their commision, and Per [Peterson is] on it. ...... Per [Peterson] is a huge supporter of fluoride reactors and he understands their inherent advantages over LWRs and IFRs.
(for more see http://www.energyfromthorium.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=63&t=2148 )
The scope of the Commission is outlined in President Obama’s memo:
Presidential Memorandum on the Blue Ribbon Commission (pdf - 10k)
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release January 29, 2010
January 29, 2010
MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF ENERGY
SUBJECT: Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future
The Commission should conduct a comprehensive review of policies for managing the back end of the nuclear fuel cycle, including all alternatives for the storage, processing, and disposal of civilian and defense used nuclear fuel and nuclear waste. This review should include an evaluation of advanced fuel cycle technologies that would optimize energy recovery, resource utilization, and the minimization of materials derived from nuclear activities in a manner consistent with U.S. nonproliferation goals.
In performing its functions, the Commission should consider a broad range of technological and policy alternatives, and should analyze the scientific, environmental, budgetary, economic, financial, and management issues, among others, surrounding each alternative it considers. Where appropriate, the Commission may also identify potential statutory changes.