The director of a monitoring lab at Hanford will give a presentation today at Columbia Basin College that will include comments on the nuclear crisis in Japan and what it means for American nuclear plans.
James Conca is director of the Waste Sampling and Characterization Facility, a radiological and environmental monitoring lab that is a part of the Mission Support Alliance at Hanford.
He will discuss how energy needs affect everything from the economy to national security in a presentation titled "The Geopolitics of Energy: Achieving a Just and Sustainable Energy Distribution by 2040."
He also will discuss the Japanese Fukushima nuclear incident's effect on the U.S. nuclear industry, geologic risks and how the latest reactor designs can handle such devastating events.
The presentation begins at 7 p.m. in the CBC Theatre and is free.