Luncheon Briefing on Advanced Nuclear Reactors

By June 30, 2014

Luncheon Briefing: Making the Next Step Forward with Advanced Nuclear Reactors: Assessing Progress and Overcoming Roadblocks on Safety, Technology and Policy


Thursday, July 24, 2014

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-318

Washington, DC


The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) and the American Nuclear Society (ANS) hosted a workshop that addressed the state of the safety, science, and technology for advanced nuclear reactors and discussed policy considerations to overcome roadblocks to their development and adoption.

Briefing Materials for the event can be found below.


Presentation Slides: Past, Present and Future of Nuclear Power in U.S., Dr. Peter B. Lyons, Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, Department of Energy

Fast Reactor Technology: A Path to Long-Term Energy Sustainability, American Nuclear Society

Enabling a Sustainable Nuclear Energy Future, Argonne National Laboratory

PROTEUS: Simulation Toolset for Reactor Physics and Fuel Cycle Analysis, Argonne National Laboratory

SHARP: Reactor Performance and Safety Simulation Suite, Argonne National Laboratory

Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL), U.S. Department of Energy

A Look Inside America’s Source of Energy and Security Solutions, Idaho National Laboratory

Solving Big Problems: Science and Technology at Oak Ridge, Oak Ridge National Laboratory



11:20 a.m. – Luncheon and Registration

11:30 a.m. – Opening Address by Dr. Charles D. Ferguson, President, Federation of American Scientists

  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Peter B. Lyons, Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, Department of Energy

11:45 a.m. – Panel Session One: What is the current state of U.S. science and technology for advanced nuclear reactors?

Moderator: Dr. Mark Peters, Argonne National Laboratory


  • Dr. Leslie Dewan, Transatomic Power
  • Dr. Dan Ingersoll, NuScale
  • Dr. Hussein Khalil, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Dr. Doug Kothe, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Dr. John Parmentola, General Atomics

12:30 p.m. – Panel Session Two: What policies and partnerships might increase the NRC’s consideration of and funding for new nuclear technologies?

Moderator: Dr. Kennette Benedict, Executive Director and Publisher of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists


  • Dr. George Apostolakis, former NRC Commissioner
  • Mr. David Blee, Nuclear Infrastructure Council
  • Mr. Phil Hildebrandt, Idaho National Laboratory
  • Mr. Craig Piercy, American Nuclear Society
  • Mr. Daniel Stout, Tennessee Valley Authority


Categories: Advanced Nuclear Reactors, Nuclear energy