The Back-End of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle: An Innovative Storage Concept


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Stephen M. Goldberg, Robert Rosner, and James P. Malone
Global Nuclear Future

Stephen M. Goldberg is Special Assistant to the Director at Argonne National Laboratory. In this capacity, he has conducted several systems studies in the nuclear energy field, including the 2004 study on the economic competitiveness of nuclear energy, the 2007 Poland nuclear energy study, and the 2009 Jordan cogeneration study. Previously, he served in the U.S. government for more than three decades. While at the Office of Management and Budget, he received the Executive Office of the President’s highest award for efforts to complete several major international nuclear nonproliferation agreements, including the multibillion dollar U.S. purchase of highly enriched uranium extracted from Soviet nuclear weapons. He is a Senior Fellow at the Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC) and is Research Coordinator for the American Academy’s Global Nuclear Future Initiative.

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 of Nuclear Fuels he oversaw 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 the William E. Wrather Distinguished Service Professor in the Departments of Astronomy and Astrophysics and Physics at the University of Chicago, where he also serves as Founding Director of the Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC). He is former President of UChicago Argonne and former Director of Argonne National Laboratory. Previously, he served as Argonne’s Chief Scientist and Associate Laboratory Director in the Center for Physical, Biological, and Computational Sciences; Chairman of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago; and Director of the Center for Astrophysical Thermonuclear Flashes at the University of Chicago. In 2004, he was the Rothschild Visiting Professor at the Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge. His research is in the areas of plasma astrophysics and astrophysical fluid dynamics and magnetohydrodynamics (solar and stellar magnetic fields, in particular); high energy density physics; boundary mixing instabilities; combustion modeling; applications of stochastic differential equations and optimization problems; and inverse methods. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Foreign Member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. He is a Fellow of the American Academy and serves as a member of the Academy’s Council. He is Senior Advisor to the Academy’s Global Nuclear Future Initiative.