Nuclear Program Director Christopher Paine's Comments to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Regarding Inertial Fusion Energy (IFE) Systems

January 06, 2011

Nuclear Program Director Christopher Paine recently participated in the public comment process of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) committee system – a process NRDC litigation helped create in 1997 – regarding:

(1) The composition and charge of a new NAS committee to review scientific and technical prospects for development of Inertial Fusion Energy (IFE) systems [document submitted December 8, 2010] and

(2) The record of previous NAS attempts to evaluate the National Nuclear Security Administration’s ongoing and very costly attempt to demonstrate “lab-scale” fusion ignition in a facility the size of three football fields – the $5 billion plus National Ignition Facility (NIF) [in person testimony, Washington, D.C., December 16].