Policy Issues

ANS Nuclear Technology Fundamentals Program

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The nuclear community has an established framework for communicating current and emerging policy issues to decision makers on Capitol Hill and in the Executive Branch of the federal government. The American Nuclear Society (ANS) has identified an ongoing need for basic nuclear science and policy literacy for Hill staffers who may be unfamiliar with the science behind the politics. Unfortunately, some U.S. nuclear laws and policies are still shaped by common misconceptions and are not based on technical facts and scientific findings, which often lead to unnecessary delays and expense in developing and deploying new nuclear technology.

The ANS Center for Nuclear Science and Technology Information’s Nuclear Technology Fundamentals Program was launched in January 2012, offering congressional staff members a basic overview of nuclear applications and current policies related to energy, medicine, and industry. Since then, approximately 300 congressional staff members have participated in the series.

In 2016, the series will include five hour-long roundtable discussions, conveniently held on the Hill. A sixth session will be a full-day “nuclear 101” designed specifically for congressional staff.

The sessions will be led by ANS members chosen for their subject matter expertise, as well as their ability to communicate complex concepts to an educated yet non-technical audience. These are the topics that will be covered in 2016.

The educational series is invitation-only for congressional staff members. Please contact us for more information.

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