Friday, 24 February 2017
Speaker: Don Wiles
Presentation slides: Nuclear Waste Management
Lecture Title: Nuclear Fuel Waste Disposal
The proposal for long-term disposal of spent nuclear fuel in Canada has been examined thoroughly and is felt to be quite safe for thousands of years. This proposal will be explained in understandable language, and its consequences will be discussed. Perhaps more important is the approach of the Nuclear Waste Management Organisation to deal with possible locations of the ultimate disposal site.
Don studied nuclear fission chemistry at McMaster University in Ontario, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, and at the University of Oslo, Norway. After following other branches of radiochemistry at Carleton University, at the Institutul de Fisika Atomica in Bucharest, at the Brookhaven National Laboratory and at the Kernforschungzentrum Karlsruhe, Germany. But it was his later membership in the Scientific Research Group, established under the auspices of the Federal Environmental Assessment Review Office (FEARO) , which provided him with the insights the shares with his readers in his book “The Chemistry of Nuclear Fuel Waste Disposal”.
In the often divisive public debate on the science of nuclear waste disposal, Don’s claims to impartiality are buttressed by the fact that he was employed neither by the uranium industry nor any branch of government.
To find out more about Don Wiles, visit his personal website: www.carleton.ca/~dwiles/.