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Olli Heinonen

Olli Heinonen

Senior Associate, Managing the Atom Project

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Email: olli_heinonen@hks.harvard.edu

 

 

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AP Photo

September 16, 2011

"Preventing the Next Fukushima"

Magazine or Newspaper Article, Science, volume 333

By Matthew Bunn, Professor of Practice; Co-Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom and Olli Heinonen, Senior Associate, Managing the Atom Project

"If nuclear power is to grow on the scale required to be a significant part of the solution to global climate disruption or scarcity of fossil fuels, major steps are needed to rebuild confidence that nuclear facilities will be safe from accidents and secure against attacks."

 

 

July 1, 2011

"A Multinational Fuel Consortium: Obstacles, Options, and Ways Forward"

Magazine or Newspaper Article, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, issue July 2011

By Olli Heinonen, Senior Associate, Managing the Atom Project

The World Nuclear Association estimates that by 2030, 600 nuclear reactors will be in operation around the world; 60 countries are considering nuclear power, out of which 10 to 25 are expected to bring nuclear power plants on line by 2030. This could lead, writes Olli Heinonen, to the construction of additional uranium enrichment plants, which, with adjustments, can produce material for nuclear weapons.

[A full version of this article is available at  http://bos.sagepub.com/content/current]

 

Kaeri Photo

March 29, 2013

Safeguards for Pyroprocessing Plants

Media Feature

By Olli Heinonen, Senior Associate, Managing the Atom Project

Senior Fellow Olli Heinonen discussed pyroprocessing of spent nuclear fuel, its proliferation risks, and safeguards.

 

AP

March 15, 2016

"Heinonen: IAEA Needs Detailed Reporting to Draw ‘Broader Conclusion’"

News

By Olli Heinonen, Senior Associate, Managing the Atom Project and Javad Heirannia

Olli Heinonen is of the opinion that the first report that the UN nuclear watchdog presented about Iran’s nuclear program after the implementation of the nuclear deal (JCPOA) was expected to be more detailed in order to reach a “broader conclusion”.

 

Summer 2011

"After Fukushima: How Should Nuclear Regulators Respond?"

Newsletter Article, Belfer Center Newsletter

By Matthew Bunn, Professor of Practice; Co-Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom, Olli Heinonen, Senior Associate, Managing the Atom Project and William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

With the nuclear crisis at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi reactor continuing more than a month after the initial damage and radiation leaks, several Center experts responded to the question of what actions should be taken now by nuclear regulators around the world.

 

U.S. Dept. of State

Sunday, September 18, 2016

"Don’t Rely on Iran’s Good Intentions"

Op-Ed, The Cipher Brief

By Olli Heinonen, Senior Associate, Managing the Atom Project

The international community cannot rely on Iran’s good intentions. It must build robust long-term assurances into all nuclear contracts that any separation of plutonium from spent fuel requires prior consent from the technology provider. Moreover, if necessary, the provider can request that the items in question be returned from the Islamic Republic.

 

 

AP

June 27, 2016

"Legitimizing Iran’s Nuclear Program with a Broader Conclusion"

Op-Ed, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

By Olli Heinonen, Senior Associate, Managing the Atom Project

Restrictions on Iran’s uranium enrichment will remain in place for a few years after Transition Day, but Tehran can use the Broader Conclusion to advance the narrative that it should be treated as a country in good standing with its nuclear nonproliferation obligations.

 

 

July 1, 2016

"Uranium Particles at Parchin Indicate Possible Undeclared Iranian Nuclear Activities"

Op-Ed, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

By Olli Heinonen, Senior Associate, Managing the Atom Project

"On December 2, 2015, the IAEA issued its assessment on past and present outstanding issues related to Iran’s nuclear program and its Possible Military Dimensions (PMD). Buried in a footnote is a crucial detail: the presence of man-made uranium particles at the Parchin military complex. Last week, The Wall Street Journal’s Jay Solomon reported U.S. officials saying those particles likely relate to previous nuclear weapons activities, thereby raising even more questions. For example, where is the nuclear material used for those nuclear weapons activities, and what is the source of the particles found at Parchin? The question of whether Iran still has undeclared nuclear material is therefore critical..."

 

 

AP

May 24, 2016

"Growth of Nuclear Energy: Issues in Safety, Safeguards and Security"

Op-Ed

By Olli Heinonen, Senior Associate, Managing the Atom Project

Nuclear energy is seeing a revival post-Fukushima, with interest shifting away from Europe to Asia. As nuclear power use grows, so must the international community bear in mind the 3S - safety, safeguards and security.

 

 

AP

March 4, 2016

"The IAEA’s Latest Report Falls Short"

Op-Ed, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

By Olli Heinonen, Senior Associate, Managing the Atom Project

The International Atomic Energy Agency’s most recent report on Iran’s nuclear activities provides insufficient details on important verification and monitoring issues. Over the longer term, this will hamper efforts to reach a “broader conclusion” that all nuclear material and activities are accounted for and for peaceful use.

 
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