Nuclear Energy & Waste Program

Fifth Worldwide Review on Nuclear Waste Disposal Programs

Book Cover: Fifth WorldWide Review

The Energy Geosciences Division of Berkeley Lab has just released the Fifth Worldwide Review on International Approaches for Nuclear Waste Disposal in Geological Formations: Geological Challenges in Radioactive Waste Isolation. This book summarizes state-of-the-art radioactive waste disposal approaches in geological formations, with contributions from authors representing 23 countries. Since the Fourth Worldwide Review in 2006, advances in technologies, disposal…

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Robert J. Budnitz elected to National Academy of Engineering

Robert J. Budnitz portrait. Cr. Roy Kaltschmidt, Berkeley Lab. Photos.lbl.gov, XBD201408-01063-02.tiff

The National Academy of Engineering has elected EESA’s Bob Budnitz as a new member in recognition of his contributions to seismic probabilistic risk assessments and their application to nuclear power facilities. He joins Berkeley Lab researchers Gerbrand Ceder (MSD) and Katherine Yelick (CS) for this honor. Read more…

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Water, a Special Issue dedicated to the memory of Bo Bodvarsson, call for submissions

It has been nearly 10 years since our friend, colleague, leader, former Director of the Earth Sciences Division, passed away leaving the Earth Sciences family so abruptly at LBNL. Dr. Gudmundur Bodvarsson, or Bo as we all came to know him as, passed away on November 29, 2006. There will be several activities and formats…

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Berkeley Lab to Develop Exascale Simulator to Assess Earthquake Hazard and Risk

“High Performance, Multidisciplinary Simulations for Regional Scale Seismic Hazard and Risk Assessments” is one of two Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), Earth and Environmental Sciences Area-led projects recently selected by the DOE Exascale Computing Project (ECP) to be funded at about $3M over the next three years. The project will be led by David…

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Berkeley Lab to Lead Development of Exascale Subsurface Simulator

David Trebotich and Carl Steefel stand in front of Cori

“An Exascale Subsurface Simulator of Coupled Flow, Transport, Reactions and Mechanics” is one of two Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), Earth and Environmental Sciences Area-led projects recently selected by the Department of Energy (DOE) Exascale Computing Project (ECP) to be funded at $10M over the next four years. Berkeley Lab Principal Investigator, Carl Steefel…

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DECOVALEX Kick-Off Workshop Hosted at LBNL

DECOVALEX group photo 2016 (cropped)

Berkeley Lab hosted the Kick-Off Workshop on May 18-20, 2016 for a new phase of the DECOVALEX Project, which is an international research and model comparison collaboration, consisting of a number of nuclear waste management organizations and regulatory authorities with several contributing research teams.

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New Chairman, Jens Birkholzer and Berkeley Lab to Coordinate DECOVALEX Activities

Energy Geosciences Division Director Jens Birkholzer was recently named the Chairman of the DECOVALEX Project, which is an international research and model comparison collaboration, consisting of a number of nuclear waste management organizations and regulatory authorities with several contributing research teams. DECOVALEX which stands for DEvelopment of COupled models and their VALidation against EXperiments, has…

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Using SFA 2.0 case studies and ASCEM tools and methods to aid international remediation efforts for uranium mining sites

At IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria, Boris Faybishenko (Earth & Environmental Sciences, LBNL) participated in a July 2015 workshop on preparation of an IAEA Technical Report on Remediation of Groundwater and Acid and Metalliferous Drainage (AMD) at Uranium Mining Sites. Boris, who is an IAEA Technical Expert, and colleagues from Australia, Canada, USA and Czech Republic, will…

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