NC Consortium for Consent-Based Siting

About Us

DOE Awards $26 Million to Support Consent-Based Siting for Spent Nuclear Fuel

Consent-based siting is an approach to siting facilities that focuses on the needs and concerns of people and communities. Communities participate in the siting process by working carefully through a series of phases and steps with the Department (as the implementing organization). Each step and phase helps a community determine whether and how hosting a facility to manage spent nuclear fuel is aligned to the community’s goals. By its nature, a consent-based siting process must be flexible, adaptive, and responsive to community concerns. Thus, the phases and steps are intended to serve as a guide, not a prescriptive set of instructions.

Thirteen project teams will each receive about $2 million and represent diverse organizations, a makeup that DOE hopes will enable a broad spectrum of perspectives and approaches. One of the teams includes,

North Carolina State University (NC) as the lead, with the Mothers for Nuclear (CA), and the Tribal Consent Based Coalition as partners.

Upcoming Event(s)

Join us for a face-to-face Community Listening Session, where we’ll engage in open dialogue about the future of used nuclear fuel in the US!
Future locations & dates will be posted here.

Past Event(s)

Date: Saturday, January 27, 2024
Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (refreshments & lunch provided)
Location: NC State University, McKimmon Center
Date: Saturday, June 8, 2024
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (refreshments & lunch provided)
Location: Marmalade Branch Salt Lake City Public Library (280 W 500 N Salt Lake City, UT 84103)
Community Listening Session power point, click here for pdf file.




Community listening session power point, click here for pdf file.


American Nuclear Society (ANS), Interim storage of used or spent fuel

Mothers for Nuclear (MfN), Jean Nelson Story

Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board 

Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), What Happens to nuclear waste in the United States?

US Department of Energy, Consent-Based Siting

US Department of Energy, History of nuclear waste management 

US Environmental Protection Agency, Who regulates waste from nuclear power plants? 

US Government Accountability Office (GAO), Nuclear waste disposal 

US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Radioactive waste



IAEA, Radioactive waste and spend fuel management 

Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO), What other countries are doing? 

OECD Nuclear Energy Agency, Radioactive Waste Management

World Nuclear Association, International nuclear waste disposal concepts



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Dr. Robert Hayes,

Prof. Lisa Marshall,

Mothers for Nuclear,