Assembling the complex puzzle of nuclear waste

A Podcast by Deep Isolation

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.

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Episode 21


Tay Stevenson

CEO of Envoy Public Labs

Beyond Fear: How to Talk About Nuclear Waste

In this episode, Tay Stevenson shares his experience in talking to communities about nuclear and nuclear waste and why it’s so important to take fear out of the decision-making process when it comes to energy.

Episode 20


Princess Mthombeni

Stakeholder Liaison Officer at The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation

Africa Deserves a Say in Its Clean Energy Future

In this episode, Princess Mthombeni explains how she entered the South African nuclear industry as an outsider and has been working to educate the African public on how the issues of climate change, nuclear energy, and quality of life intersect.

Episode 19


Suzie Jaworowski

Former Chief of Staff in US Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy under the Trump Administration

Millennials Could Hold Key to Success of Nuclear

In this episode, Suzie Jaworowski reflects on her experiences as the Chief of Staff in the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy under the Trump Administration and gives insight into her vision of the future of nuclear technologies.

Episode 18

Zion Lights

Science Communicator and Author of The Ultimate Guide to Green Parenting and Only a Moment

In Perspective: Energy Poverty, Climate Change, and The Nuclear Challenge

In this episode, Zion Lights walks us through her journey into environmental and pro-nuclear activism and sheds light on the intersection of science advocacy and social justice in relation to climate change.

Episode 17


Stuart Haszeldine

Geologist & Environmental Scientist at the University of Edinburgh

Designing Safe and Secure Nuclear Waste Solutions in Deep Geology

In this episode, Stuart Haszeldine unravels the complexity of designing underground tunnels for the purpose of nuclear waste disposal and relates it to the processes used for carbon capture.

Episode 16


Roy Payne

Executive Director of GDFWatch

The Existential Nature of Nuclear Waste

In this episode, Roy Payne explains why he started the non-profit GDFWatch, an organization whose mission is to assist the public in having informed discussions before decisions are made for nuclear waste disposal.

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Episode 15


Tom Isaacs

Co-Principal Investigator at the Nuclear Threat Initiative

How to Build a Successful Nuclear Waste Disposal Program

In this episode, Tom Isaacs gives historical insight into nuclear waste disposal barriers internationally and explains how those barriers can be overcome by using both social science and hard science.

Episode 14


Talia Martin

Tribal/DOE Program Director of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Tribal Department of Energy

How Shoshone-Bannock Tribe in Idaho Navigates Nuclear Waste Issues

In this episode, Talia Martin explains the role she holds as a Tribal/DOE Program Director and the past and current relationship between the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe and the U.S Department of Energy from a nuclear waste lens.

Episode 13


Kent Cole

CEO of NAC International

NAC’s Role in Nuclear Waste Disposal

In this episode, Kent Cole reflects on his career in nuclear, how NAC came to be a leader in nuclear waste storage, and how vital nuclear waste disposal is to the industry's success.

Episode 12


Melanie Snyder

Nuclear Waste Program Manager of the Western Interstate Energy Board

Keeping Nuclear Waste Transportation Safe

In this episode, Melanie Snyder breaks down the complexities of nuclear waste transportation in the United States and offers some insights on improving stakeholders trust regarding transportation.

Episode 11


Kalev Kallemets

CEO of Fermi Energia

Power to the People of Estonia

In this episode, Kalev Kallemets explains his motivation in bringing advanced nuclear technology to Estonia and his hope to bring Estonia closer to reaching its climate change goals.

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Episode 10


Andrew Sowder

Scientist and Senior Technical Executive for the Electric Power Research Institute

The Advent of the Advanced Nuclear Renaissance

In this episode, Andrew Sowder dives into the global need for carbon-free electricity, his experience engaging with indigenous communities, and EPRI's role in the nuclear industry.

Episode 9


Jessica Lovering

Co-Founder of the Good Energy Collective

Combating the Climate Crisis: Advanced Nuclear Energy Policy

In this episode, Jessica Lovering explains why she co-founded the Good Energy Collective and how she hopes it will impact advanced nuclear policy in the United States.

Episode 8


John Lindberg

Public Affairs Manager, World Nuclear Association

How Public Perception Can Impact Nuclear Energy

In this episode, John Lindberg, Public Affairs Manager at the World Nuclear Association, speaks about the impacts of radiophobia and the public's perception of nuclear on the nuclear industry.

Episode 7


Judy Treichel

Executive Director of the nonprofit Nevada Nuclear Waste Task Force, a citizens’ advocacy group


Steve Frishman

Geologist and nuclear technical and policy consultant to the state of Nevada

Beyond Yucca Mountain: The Future of Nuclear Waste

In this episode, Judy Treichel and Steve Frishman reflect on their experience with the state of Nevada and with citizen groups nationwide to get the message across that they do not believe Yucca Mountain is suitable for permanent nuclear waste disposal.

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.

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 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 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 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 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.

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