In this episode we discuss...

  • Jim's start as an extraterrestrial scientist and coordinator of shuttle activities 

  • Transition to nuclear waste as he moved to PNNL as a geology pair with his wife, Judith

  • 3 styles of decision making in science policy: ignore science, make it the basis of the decision, retroactively justify the decision with science 

  • Yucca Mountain is the wrong rock, dripping wet and corrosive

  • WIPP Carlsbad, New Mexico, Permian Basin has perfect salt chemistry

  •  A comparison between the future of China and the US' nuclear industries 

  • Dilution as a waste mitigation strategy, discussion of Fukishima and Tritium

  • A discussion of grout v. glass vitrification processes 

  • Waste disposal methods, political contentions, and the power of the Constitution

Writer, Forbes

Jim Conca

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