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CCU continues dialogue series with politics in the environment

February 6, 2007

Ken Rogers, professor of politics at Coastal Carolina University, will give a public talk titled "Fire in the Hole: The Debate Regarding Storage and Disposal of Highly Radioactive Waste" on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m., at Coastal's Waccamaw Higher Education Center. The discussion is free and open to the public.

This is the second event in Coastal's dialogue series "Unheard, Unseen, Unsolved," sponsored by the Board of Visitors of Coastal's Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts.

Rogers, chair of CCU's Department of Politics and Geography, contends that political considerations, rather than homeland security and energy security, have determined waste storage and disposal policies in South Carolina and elsewhere. "We currently have 3,000 metric tons of waste being stored here in South Carolina, in addition to seven reactors and the Savannah River Site," said Rogers. He will discuss the risks and possible impact of the state's waste policy.

Rogers earned a Ph.D. from American University in Washington, D.C., where he majored in Soviet studies and international relations. He has a bachelor's degree in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma and served as a weather forecaster for four years.

Rogers graduated from the U.S. Air Force Russian language school at the University of Syracuse, served for several years as a Soviet/East Europe political-military affairs analyst in Washington, D.C., served as a team chief for U.S. INF Treaty inspection teams in the former Soviet Union, and was the director for comparative and area studies at the USAF Academy.

Rogers' publications include two books: "Understanding American Government" and "Preparing for the Model United Nations: an Inside Track to Success" as well as numerous journal articles. A third book, "Calculated Risks: Highly Radioactive Waste and Homeland Security," will be published by Ashgate Publishers this summer.

His current research interests involve homeland security and energy security implications of highly radioactive waste.