Gerald Jacob

Gerald Jacob

Gerald Jacob is a former a policy analyst for the state of Utah, monitoring the US Department of Energy’s nuclear waste program, and lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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The Politics of Siting a Nuclear Waste Repository

Gerald Jacob views the history of public policy regarding nuclear waste, culminating in the 1982 Nuclear Waste Policy act and its aftermath. The 1982 act promised a solution, but Jacob believes it deferred to the interests of the nuclear utilities and the U.S. Department of Energy. He describes how the nuclear establishment used science and geography to protect its interests and dominate nuclear waste policy making. He examines the federal promotion of nuclear power, and asserts that federal policies strong-armed public opposition, and locked the country into a single, but flawed waste disposal solution.