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Common misconceptions for opposing nuclear energy

  • 10 Oct 2023
  • 1:00 PM
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Common misconceptions for opposing nuclear energy

Presented by: Robert Hayes

Robert Hayes is an Associate Professor of Nuclear Engineering at North Carolina State University where he oversees the university’s Health Physics graduate certificate and minor. He currently holds a joint faculty appointment with the Savannah River National Laboratory and is an associate editor of the journal Radiation Physics and Chemistry. He is also a licensed professional engineer in Nuclear Engineering, a Certified Health Physicist through the American Board of Health Physics and a Fellow of both the Health Physics Society and the American Physical Society. He served for many years on the federal radiological emergency response teams in various capacities along with over a decade at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant enabling the geological disposal of transuranic waste. His research focuses on novel shielding technology, radiological air monitoring along with retrospective dosimetry for nuclear safety, nonproliferation, emergency response and radiation protection applications.


There are many narratives in common discourse opposing the use of nuclear energy for civil electricity generation. These include nuclear waste, terrorism, cancer potential, nuclear disasters, transportation accidents and nonproliferation. This presentation will try to provide a contextual comparison of the known science addressing each of these in an informative and somewhat US centric manner.

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