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Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future, Disposal Subcommittee

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Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Energy.


Notice of open meeting.


This notice announces an open meeting of the Disposal Subcommittee. The Disposal Subcommittee is a subcommittee of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future (the Commission). The establishment of subcommittees is authorized in the Commission's charter. The Commission was organized pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. Start Printed Page 51248770) (the Act). This notice is provided in accordance with the Act.


Wednesday, September 1, 2010 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.


Washington Marriott Hotel, 1221 22nd Street, NW., Washington, DC.

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Timothy A. Frazier, Designated Federal Officer, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585; telephone (202) 586-4243 or facsimile (202) 586-0544; e-mail Additional information will be available at

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Background: The President directed that the Commission be established to conduct a comprehensive review of policies for managing the back end of the nuclear fuel cycle. The Commission will provide advice and make recommendations on issues including alternatives for the storage, processing, and disposal of civilian and defense spent nuclear fuel and nuclear waste.

The Co-chairs of the Commission requested the formation of the Disposal Subcommittee to answer the question: “[h]ow can the U.S. go about establishing one or more disposal sites for high-level nuclear wastes in a manner that is technically, politically and socially acceptable?”

Purpose of the Meeting: The meeting will focus on standardization and regulations for deep geological disposal. Topics to be discussed during the meeting include essential elements of technically credible, workable, and publicly acceptable regulations for disposal in geologic repositories; as well as essential elements of a technically credible and publicly acceptable institutional system and process for regulating the safety of disposal.

Tentative Agenda: The meeting is expected to start at 8:30 a.m. on September 1, 2010 with panel presentations beginning at 8:45 a.m. and ending at 4:15 p.m. with a public comment period from 4:15 p.m. through 5 p.m.

Public Participation: Subcommittee meetings are not required to be open to the public; however, the Commission has elected to open the presentation sessions of the meeting to the public. Individuals and representatives of organizations who would like to offer comments and suggestions may do so at the end of the public session on Wednesday, September 1, 2010. Approximately 45 minutes will be reserved for public comments from 4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. Time allotted per speaker will depend on the number who wish to speak but will not exceed 5 minutes. The Designated Federal Officer is empowered to conduct the meeting in a fashion that will facilitate the orderly conduct of business. Those wishing to speak should register to do so beginning at 7:30 a.m. on September 1, 2010, at the Washington Marriott. Registration to speak will close at noon, September 1, 2010.

Those not able to attend the meeting or have insufficient time to address the subcommittee are invited to send a written statement to Timothy A. Frazier, U.S. Department of Energy 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington DC 20585, e-mail to, or post comments on the Commission Web site at

Additionally, the meeting will be available via live video webcast. The link will be available at

Minutes: The minutes of the meeting will be available at or by contacting Mr. Frazier. He may be reached at the postal address or e-mail address above.

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Issued in Washington, DC on August 13, 2010.

Rachel Samuel,

Deputy Committee Management Officer.

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[FR Doc. 2010-20573 Filed 8-18-10; 8:45 am]