- Who: Robert J. Budnitz, Ph.D., Earth Sciences Division, LBNL
- What: Download the file (pdf)
- Where: Bldg. 66 Auditorium
- When: 10:30 am to 12:00 noon, June 24, 2011
- Why: About the Distinguished Scientist Seminar Series
More Information: Dr. Robert J. Budnitz has been involved with nuclear-reactor safety
and radioactive-waste safety for many years. After graduating from Yale and receiving his Ph.D. from Harvard (in experimental physics), he joined the LBL staff, serving from 1975 to 1978 as the Acting Head and then later the Head of LBL’s Energy & Environment Division. In 1978–1980, he was a senior officer on the staff of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, serving as Deputy Director and then Director of the NRC Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research. He ran a consulting practice in Berkeley for two decades before joining LLNL in 2002 where, among other assignments, he spent two years in Washington assisting the Director of DOE’s Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management in the development of a new Science & Technology Program. Bob is now once again on the LBNL scientific staff, where he continues to work on nuclear power safety and security and radioactive-waste management.
In response to general interest in the events associated with the recent Fukushima disaster in Japan, the Division has scheduled Dr. Robert Budnitz as our speaker. Bob brings considerable expertise to the topic, having spent most of his scientific career involved with nuclear-reactor safety and radioactive-waste safety. Bob’s talk will describe (technically, but in laymen’s terms) what happened at the Fukushima reactors during and after the disastrous March 11 earthquake and tsunami, what the radioactive releases have been and what they mean, and what the path forward seems to be at the site. The potential implications that these events might have upon the future of nuclear power in general will also be discussed.