Robert Alvarez is a Senior Scholar at IPS, where he is currently focused on nuclear disarmament, environmental, and energy policies.

Between 1993 and 1999, Mr. Alvarez served as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for National Security and the Environment. While at DOE, he coordinated the effort to enact nuclear worker compensation legislation. In 1994 and 1995, Bob led teams in North Korea to establish control of nuclear weapons materials. He coordinated nuclear material strategic planning for the department and established the department’s first asset management program. Bob was awarded two Secretarial Gold Medals, the highest awards given by the department.

Prior to joining the DOE, Mr. Alvarez served for five years as a Senior Investigator for the U. S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, chaired by Senator John Glenn, and as one of the Senate’s primary staff experts on the U.S. nuclear weapons program. While serving for Senator Glenn, Bob worked to help establish the environmental cleanup program in the Department of Energy, strengthened the Clean Air Act, uncovered several serious nuclear safety and health problems, improved medical radiation regulations, and created a transition program for communities and workers affected by the closure of nuclear weapons facilities. In 1975 Bob helped found and direct the Environmental Policy Institute (EPI), a respected national public interest organization. He helped enact several federal environmental laws, wrote several influential studies and organized successful political coalitions. He helped organize a successful lawsuit on behalf of the family of Karen Silkwood, a nuclear worker and active union member who was killed under mysterious circumstances in 1974.

Bob Alvarez is an award winning author and has published articles in prominent publications such as Science Magazine, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, Technology Review and The Washington Post. He has been featured in television programs such as NOVA and 60 Minutes.

Latest

Japan Faces Possible Three-Mile Island

A meltdown would affect the future of nuclear energy in the United States, as well as Japan.

On the Brink of Meltdown: The Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant

The devastating Japanese quake and its outcome could generate a political tsunami here in the United States.

The Government’s Nuclear Millstone

There’s no transforming our energy future without completely overhauling the Energy Department.

Analyzing the Department of Energy’s FY 2012 Budget

For a new energy future, the Department of Energy needs to be free of the shackles of nuclear weapons.

Food, Egypt, and Wall Street

As Egypt and the Middle East rise, Wall Street and congressional Republicans continue to ignore the financial reforms the world is demanding.

Recklessness with Nuclear Waste

Hanford remains one of the most contaminated zones in the western Hemisphere.

Time for Nuclear Savings Bonds?

The National Nuclear Security Agency within the Energy Department estimates it will need about $168 billion over 20 years to maintain the nuclear arsenal and refurbish the U.S. weapons complex.

The Bush Tax Cuts and The U.S. Nuclear Arsenal

What extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy really means for national security.

Kyl’s Nuclear Non-Starter

Republicans see shelving New START as a serious foreign policy blow that will further weaken Obama’s presidency.

Nuclear Testing and the Rise of Thyroid Cancers

Drinking nuclear waste-contaminated milk most likely contributed to hundreds of thousands of U.S. citizens developing thyroid cancer.

How Will U.S. Handle Shortage of Tritium, aka Explosive Power, for Its Nukes?

The National Nuclear Security Agency finds itself “unable to overcome technical challenges” to producing tritium.

The Tritium Deficit

An expected tritium shortage may soon hamper the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

Is Homer Simpson Working at the Los Alamos National Laboratory?

So much for the expertise of Los Alamos where billions of dollars are spent each year to better understand nuclear explosives.

Chernobyl: The Gift That Never Stops Giving

The threats to human health and the environment from Chernobyl fallout, scientists are now finding, will persist for a very long time.

Plutonium Wastes from the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Complex

This report estimates that from 1944 to 2009, about 12.7 metric tons of plutonium were discarded at U.S. nuclear weapon production facilities. This is more than three times than the U.S. Department of Energy’s last official estimate of waste losses made in 1996.

The Legacy of U.S. Nuclear Testing in the Marshall Islands

The people of the Marshall Islands had their homeland and health sacrificed for U.S. national security interests. The Obama administration and Congress should promptly correct this injustice.

Testimony: The Legacy of Nuclear Weapons Testing

Statement of senior scholar Robert Alvarez before the Subcommitee on Asia, the Pacific and the Global Environment, U.S. House of Representatives regarding the legacy of nuclear weapons testing in the Marshall Islands.

A Primer on Nuclear Material

Robert Siegel gets a primer on nuclear material and storage from Robert Alvarez, who served as a senior policy adviser to the Secretary of Energy during the Clinton administration.

Flying and Radiation Risks

Shouldn’t we determine whether full-body airport scanners could increase cancer risks before deploying them everywhere?

Advice for the Blue Ribbon Commission

Hopefully Obama’s new commission will motivate the country to finally deal with the toxic legacy of the nuclear age.