Nuclear Policy

IPS Associate Fellow Bob Alvarez leads this project focused on nuclear disarmament, environmental, and energy policies

Reducing the Risks

The nuclear crisis in Japan has raised alarming questions about the safety of nuclear power plants in our own backyard. There’s good reason for all of us to be worried.

According to a new analysis by the Institute for Policy Studies and the Project On Government Oversight, our nation’s stockpile of radioactive spent fuel is stored in such unsafe conditions that the lives of millions of people who live near nuclear reactors in this country are at risk.

Find out more in our report and fact sheet.

Check your own risk of radiation from a nuclear fuel pool accident with Physicians for Social Responsibility’s interactive online map.

View Robert Alvarez’s public education efforts post-Fukushima.

Take Action! Contact your member of Congress and urge them to secure spent nuclear fuel.

Latest Work

Nuclear radiation suits

Rebranding the Nuclear Weapons Complex Won't Reform It

The latest effort examine and reform the U.S. nuclear weapons complex is being dominated by the interests of weapons contractors.
The Storage and Disposal Challenges of High Burnup Spent Power Reactor Fuel

The Storage and Disposal Challenges of High Burnup Spent Power Reactor Fuel

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has bowed to the wishes of nuclear reactor operators, motivated more by economics than safe spent nuclear fuel storage and disposal.
The West Lake Landfill: A Radioactive Legacy of the Nuclear Arms Race

The West Lake Landfill: A Radioactive Legacy of the Nuclear Arms Race

The wastes in this disposal site come from the dawn of the nuclear age. It is a danger to workers and the surrounding community and should be removed and isolated.
Minding the Nuclear Fault Line

Minding the Nuclear Fault Line

The federal government should transfer the spent nuclear fuel held at a shuttered nuclear power plant in Southern California before the next earthquake strikes.
Report: Reducing the Hazards of High-Level Radioactive Waste in Southern California

Report: Reducing the Hazards of High-Level Radioactive Waste in Southern California

A new IPS report addresses the potential risks of spent nuclear fuel storage at the San Onofre Nuclear Station (SONGS).
America’s Own Loose Nukes

America's Own Loose Nukes

The government can't simply bury its uranium-233 problem.
Managing the Uranium-233 Stockpile of the United States

Managing the Uranium-233 Stockpile of the United States

A shocking IPS report about the U.S. government's mismanagement of a dangerous bomb-grade nuclear material that they now want to bury straight into the ground.
Nuclear Tuna and NPR’s Trivialization

Nuclear Tuna and NPR's Trivialization

NPR shouldn't trivialize the risk of radioactive tuna from the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Line-by-line Analysis of National Defense Authorization Act, Nuclear Provisions

A detailed analysis of the actions and impact of sections relating to nuclear weapons in the National Defense Authorization Act for 2013.
Why Fukushima Is a Greater Disaster than Chernobyl and a Warning Sign for the U.S.

Why Fukushima Is a Greater Disaster than Chernobyl and a Warning Sign for the U.S.

The radioactive inventory of all the irradiated nuclear fuel stored in spent fuel pools at Fukushima is far greater and even more problematic than the molten cores.
Two Years After IPS Study, Department of Energy Moves to Dispose Plutonium

Two Years After IPS Study, Department of Energy Moves to Dispose Plutonium

More than 12.7 metric tons of plutonium that were previously declared "already disposed" will be discarded in a deep geological site away from humans.
Improving Spent-Fuel Storage at Nuclear Reactors

Improving Spent-Fuel Storage at Nuclear Reactors

Storing spent radioactive fuel in dry form rather than in increasingly jammed cooling pools is much safer, and can be done with already available funds.
No Nuclear Nirvana on the Horizon

No Nuclear Nirvana on the Horizon

Nearly a year after the Fukushima disaster and more than three decades after the Three Mile Island accident, nuclear power remains expensive, dangerous, and too radioactive for Wall Street.

The Sick Man of North America

My modestly priced new ebook covers the worsening health of U.S. foreign policy and the efforts to revive the patient.
The Human Face of the Nuclear Arms Race

The Human Face of the Nuclear Arms Race

The pernicious quest for nuclear arms all in the name of a "greater good" - has tens of thousands of human faces, who paid a bitter price, which we should not forget.

[VIDEO] A Former Insider's View of Nuclear Safety

In this interview with LinkTV's Miles Benson, we discuss where the nuclear industry falls short, and why more people should be concerned.

Quake Should be a Wake-up Call

Last month's earthquake constituted twice the ground motion that the reactors were designed to withstand. But the nuclear industry continues to delay and stonewall recommendations for safer storage.
Obama’s Commission on America’s Nuclear Future Endorses IPS Study

Obama's Commission on America's Nuclear Future Endorses IPS Study

President Obama's Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future cites an IPS paper as a reason for endorsing measures to increase spent reactor fuel storage in hardened, dry containers.

Dangerous Nuclear Spent Fuel Pool Near Epicenter of East Coast Earthquake

An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale just occurred less than a hour ago. Its epicenter was in Mineral, Virginia, approximately 10 miles from two nuclear power reactors at the North Anna site. According to statement by a representative of Dominion Power the two reactors were designed to withstand a 5.9 to 6.1 quake.

Fixing America's Nuclear Waste Storage Problem

The corporations that own the nation's nuclear reactors are stuffing about four times more spent fuel into storage pools than the pools were designed to accommodate. Here's what we can do to fix this dangerous problem.

Experts

Robert Alvarez

Robert Alvarez

Project Director and Associate Fellow

Nuclear Policy

In the News

Anti-Nuke Group Puts Pressure on Edison

The Indy | June 17, 2016

Nuclear-Dump Cleanup Gets Complicated

The Wall Street Journal | January 29, 2015

U.S. Ramping Up Major Renewal in Nuclear Arms

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists | August 4, 2014

Robert Alvarez: America’s own loose nukes

Gulf Today | September 27, 2012

America's Own Loose Nukes

The Kansas City Star | September 25, 2012