United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Arjun Makhijani

Arjun Makhijani is President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research in Takoma Park, Maryland. He earned his Ph.D. in engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1972, specializing in nuclear fusion. A recognized authority on energy issues and nuclear issues, in particular, Dr. Makhijani is the author and co-author of numerous reports and books on topics such as radioactive waste storage and disposal, nuclear testing, disposition of fissile materials, energy efficiency, and ozone depletion. He is the principal editor of Nuclear Wastelands: A Global Guide to Nuclear Weapons Production and Its Health and Environmental Effects, published by MIT Press in July 1995, and subsequently nominated for a Pulitzer Prize by MIT Press. He is the author of Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free: A Roadmap for U.S. Energy Policy (2007), Ecology and Genetics (2001), and co-author of Rule of Power or Rule of Law? (2003). In 1989 he received The John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest Magazine Journalism of the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, with Bob Alvarez; was awarded the Josephine Butler Nuclear Free Future Award in 2001 and the 2007 Jane Bagley Lehman award of the Tides Foundation; and was named a Ploughshares Hero, by the Ploughshares Fund (2006). In 2007, he was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He has many published articles in journals such as The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and The Progressive, as well as in the Washington Post and other newspapers. Dr. Makhijani has testified before Congress, and has appeared on ABC World News Tonight, the CBS Evening News, NPR, CNN, and CBC. He has served as a consultant to numerous organizations including the Tennessee Valley Authority, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, and several agencies of the United Nations.

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