Things Amiss in a Salt Mine

Please note the time correction from a prior e-vite. David Hobbs will be presenting from 4-5:30 pm NOT 12-1:30PM as previously scheduled. Our sincerest apologies for those who can no longer make the event. 
Nuclear Policy Talks
Please join the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs' Institute for International Science and Technology Policy  for a discussion on:
Things Amiss in a Salt Mine
with Dr. David Hobbs
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) located near Carlsbad, New Mexico is the only US geologic repository for transuranic waste resulting from the research and production of nuclear weapons.The repository, carved out of a salt deposit approximately 2000 feet thick beginning about 850 feet below the surface, began accepting waste in late March of 1999. On February 5, 2014, a salt hauler in the underground caught fire and burned for several hours.  Shortly after on February 14, 2014, a radiological release occurred more than 2300 feet from the fire of February 5th.  Several weeks later the radiological release was attributed to a drum located near the center of Room 7 in Panel 7, which had been generated at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dr. Hobbs will discuss the findings based on the reports of events and issues that developed from these events.
Dr. David Hobbs has been a member of the research staff at the Savannah River National Laboratory since 1984. During this time Dr. Hobbs has been the principle investigator for projects supporting the Offices of Environmental Management, Nuclear Energy, and Science.  Areas of expertise include actinide and radiochemical separations, high-level tank chemistry, advanced nuclear fuel reprocessing, and in-situ analytical methods.  David led the development of the monosodium titanate ion-exchange material that is used at the Savannah River Site for the removal of strontium and actinides from high-level wastes.  David has served on many review panels for various offices in the Department of Energy and recently served as the Office of Environmental Management Laboratory Liaison reporting to the Assistant Secretary of Energy.  For the WIPP Investigation, he was the lead for theReaction Chemistry and Hypotheses sub-team for the WIPP Technical Assessment Team (TAT).Dr. Hobbs received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and his Ph. D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Vanderbilt University.

The George Washington University - Room 505

1957 E St, NW, Washington, DC
Refreshments will be provided
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
4pm-5:30 pm
This event is part of the Nuclear Policy Talks series