The Back-End of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle: Establishing a Viable Roadmap for a Multilateral Interim Storage Facility


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Robert Rosner, Lenka Kollar, and James P. Malone
Global Nuclear Future

Lenka Kollar is an MBA Candidate at INSEAD and is the Owner and Editor of Nuclear Undone, a consulting company and blog that provides information on nuclear energy and nonproliferation issues. Formerly a researcher at Argonne National Laboratory and the National Nuclear Security Administration, she now works on nuclear issues by collaborating with organizations such as the Nuclear Literacy Project, American Nuclear Society, American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and Argonne National Laboratory. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University. She is an active member of the American Nuclear Society, North American Young Generation in Nuclear, and Women in Nuclear. She is passionate about getting more women into the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

James P. Malone is Chief Nuclear Fuel Development Officer at Lightbridge. In 2009, he retired after a decade with Exelon Generation Company, where as Vice President, Nuclear Fuels he oversaw nuclear fuel reload design, safety analysis, and fuel procurement for seventeen operating nuclear reactors; and guided management of used fuel. Before joining Exelon, he served for ten years as Vice President and Senior Consultant at NAC International, advising on fuel reliability and the front- and back-ends of the nuclear fuel cycle. While at NAC, he worked on the international safeguards system for the Rokkasho Mura reprocessing plant in Japan. Previously, he worked at SWUCO, Inc., as a nuclear fuel broker, a manager of technical services, and finally as Vice President; he also served as manager of economic analysis at Yankee Atomic. He began his career in 1968 as an engineer in the utility reactor core analysis section of the Nuclear Engineering Department of United Nuclear Corporation. He is a member of the American Nuclear Society and past Chairman of its Fuel Cycle Waste Management Division.

Robert Rosner is a theoretical physicist who since 1987 has been on the faculty of the University of Chicago, where he serves as the William E. Wrather Distinguished Service Professor in the departments of Astronomy & Astrophysics and Physics, as well as in the Enrico Fermi Institute and the Harris School of Public Policy Studies. He served as Argonne National Laboratory’s Chief Scientist and Associate Laboratory Director for Physical, Biological, and Computational Sciences from 2002 to 2005, and was Argonne’s Laboratory Director from 2005 to 2009; he was the founding Chair of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Laboratory Directors’ Council from 2007 to 2009. He is also the founding Codirector of the Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC), located at the Harris School of Public Policy Studies and Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. He was elected to the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (as a Foreign Member) in 2004; he is also a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Most of his scientific work has been related to fluid dynamics and plasma physics problems, as well as in applied mathematics and computational physics, especially in the development of modern high-performance computer simulation tools, with a particular interest in complex systems (ranging from astrophysical systems to nuclear fission reactors). Within the past few years, he has been increasingly involved in energy technologies, and in the public policy issues that relate to the development and deployment of various energy production and consumption technologies, including especially nuclear energy, the electrification of transport, and energy use in urban environments. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2001. He is a member of the Academy’s Council and serves as Cochair of the Academy’s Global Nuclear Future Initiative.