The commission is being co-chaired by former Congressman Lee Hamilton and former national security advisor Brent Scowcroft. In light of the US administration's decision not to proceed with the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, president Obama has directed the DOE to establish the commission to conduct a review of policies for managing the back end of the nuclear fuel cycle.
The commission will make recommendations on issues including alternatives for the storage, processing, and disposal of civilian and defense spent nuclear fuel and nuclear waste.
Steven Chu, secretary of the DOE, said: "Nuclear energy provides clean, safe, reliable power and has an important role to play as we build a low-carbon future. The Administration is committed to promoting nuclear power in the US and developing a safe, long-term solution for the management of used nuclear fuel and nuclear waste.
"The work of the Blue Ribbon Commission will be invaluable to this process. I want to thank Congressman Hamilton and General Scowcroft for leading the Commission and I look forward to receiving their recommendations."
The commission is made up of 15 members and will produce an interim report within 18 months and a final report within 24 months, DOE said.