Day 37 review:

The Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission held its final Public Session into Topic 16 – high level waste storage and disposal – today.

Supplementary sessions, held on Monday, Tuesday and today, focused on the specific details of high level waste storage and disposal, and taken additional evidence from five international experts in the field.

The final witness was Professor Rodney Ewing, Stanford University, California. His evidence covered the risks involved in managing and disposing of used nuclear fuel, and the safety of geological repositories for disposal of used nuclear fuel.

Professor Ewing is a mineralogist and materials scientist who has conducted extensive research into the effects of radiation on minerals. He is a Professor in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University and the Frank Stanton Professor in Nuclear Security at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Professor Ewing has held leadership roles with several research societies and advisory boards, including as the current Chair of the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board, which is responsible for the ongoing technical review of the US Department of Energy’s activities related to the management of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste. He has authored or co-authored over 650 research publications in mineralogy, geochemistry, materials science, nuclear materials, physics and chemistry and his achievements have been recognised with over 30 fellowships, awards, medals and honorary doctorates.

Video and transcripts of each session will be uploaded into the Public Sessions in the Information Library archive.