Earth Sciences Division (ESD) Department of Energy (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

Nuclear Energy & Waste Program: Research Areas

Most of the Berkeley Lab Earth Sciences Division Nuclear Energy and Waste (NEW) Program is associated with waste forms and disposal research, in the following areas and activities:

Disposal Research within the Used Fuel Disposition Campaign

The ESD Nuclear Energy and Waste (NEW) Program recently initiated this program to support a review of alternative nuclear waste disposal options. Read more »

International Disposal R&D

The ESD Nuclear Energy and Waste Program collaborates on various international projects involving nuclear energy and nuclear waste disposal issues, with countries such as Japan, Switzerland, Sweden, China, and others. Read more »

Waste Forms Research


Ground-Motion Analysis and Soil-Structure-Interaction (SSI) Modeling

The NEW Program also supports nuclear power plant design via seismic ground-motion analysis and soil-structure-interaction (SSI) modeling. Read more »

The Yucca Mountain Project and the Science and Technology Program

The Yucca Mountain Project is focused on the scientific bases required for licensing of Yucca Mountain in Nevada as a site for permanent disposal of high-level nuclear waste. Read more »

The Science and Technology Program was distinct from, but parallel to, the licensing effort at Yucca Mountain. The role of S&T was to advance technologies not previously considered, to identify new or substantially revised scientific methods or tools, thus providing a better understanding of the repository environment. Read more »