At Deep Isolation, we believe that listening is one of the most important elements of a successful nuclear waste disposal program. A core value of the company is to seek and listen to different perspectives on the matter of nuclear waste, nuclear energy, and disposal solutions.

We have created this series to interview experts and stakeholders that represent different aspects of these issues. Our hope is to bring you a clearer picture of Nuclear Waste: The Whole Story.

Episode 1


Arjun Makhijani

President of Science
Matters, LLC

Nuclear Waste Disposal Difficulties Plague the Industry

In this episode, Arjun Makhijani, an electrical and nuclear engineer, speaks candidly about the weaknesses of various nuclear waste disposal methods.

Episode 2


Rod McCullum

Senior Director, Used Fuel and Decommissioning
Nuclear Energy Institute

Disposal Impasse Impacts the Future of Next Generation Reactors

In this interview, Rod McCullum offers an insider’s perspective on commercial nuclear waste disposal and explains why any failure to solve this problem could threaten the development of the next generation of nuclear energy reactors.

Episode 3


Thomas Webler

Research Fellow, Social and Environmental Research Institute and Associate Professor of Environmental Studies
Keene State College

Community Consent is Key to Waste Disposal

In this interview, Tom Webler, an expert in community consent and how it relates to nuclear waste disposal, shares how stakeholders play a critical role choosing a site for nuclear waste disposal.

Episode 4


James Taylor

General Manager of the environmental division of Bechtel's Nuclear, Security, & Environmental global business unit

Temporary Waste Storage Costs Keep Rising

In this episode, James Taylor speaks about the long term costs of temporarily storing nuclear waste above ground.

Episode 5

David Victor

Chair of the Community Engagement Panel for the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station

San Onofre: A Lesson in Nuclear Power Plant Decommissioning

In this episode, David Victor offers insight into how stakeholders and the utility work together on the decommissioning process.

Episode 6

Kara Colton

Director of Nuclear Energy Policy at Energy Communities Alliance

A Look at Communities Affected by Federal Nuclear Waste

In this episode, Kara Colton, Director of Nuclear Energy Policy at Energy Communities Alliance, discusses the problem of how to dispose of federal nuclear waste at 16 locations nationwide.

The opinions expressed in these podcasts are those of the participants and do not represent Deep Isolation’s position.

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About our Hosts

David Hoffman

Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and Advisor to Deep Isolation

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Kari Hulac

Communications Manager for Deep Isolation and former daily news journalist.

Sam Brinton

Sam Brinton

Director of Legislative Affairs for Deep Isolation