Robert I Hanfling, Former Deputy Under Secretary, US Department of Energy; Former Chairman of Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB); current advisor to US DOE and an electric utility on nuclear related issues.
The issues and challenges related to the widespread release of radiation from the Japanese nuclear installation, Fukushima Daiichi, are prompting the timely international review of all commercial nuclear power plants' safety and emergency procedures and capabilities. In the United States, a similar detailed and extensive review of operating safeguards and emergency procedures occurred following the incident at the Three Mile Island power plant.
Are there new issues raised by the Japanese incident? How safe are our nuclear power plants? What is the future of commercial nuclear power in the United States and internationally? How does this affect energy, environment and non-proliferation policies and programs?
About Robert I Hanfling
Bob Hanfling has a long and continuing involvement with nuclear issues. He began his career designing compact reactors for the Army, and then managed the production of nuclear fuel and reactor cores for the nuclear Navy program. While at the U.S. Department of Energy, he worked on national nuclear policy issues, and the passage of legislation related to commercial nuclear plants and clean-up of the weapons program facilities. He was responsible for restructuring the clean-up of several of these facilities including Rocky Flats, accelerating the completion at that facility by 30 years.
Bob worked on a series of programs to reduce the risk of nuclear weapons and weapons material proliferation, including the "Swords into Plowshares" program with Russia.
He is currently involved in a wide range of energy and environmental companies and issues, including: coal, synthetic fuels, nuclear power and clean-up,wind, solar, bio-mass, and water conditioning.
Bob holds a B.ChE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a Master's in Nuclear Engineering fron West Virgina University, and an MBA from the City University of New York.
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