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1996 International RERTR Meeting

STUDSVIK'S IMPLEMENTAION OF THE DOE
SPENT FUEL RETURN PROGRAM: THE US PERSPECTIVE

Stephen Grover
General Counsel

Studsvik, Inc.
2209 B Lakeside Drive
Bannockburn, IL 60015

Rita C. Browser
Director, Nuclear Programs
Studsvick, Inc.
12110 Sunset Hills Road
Reston, VA 22090

ABSTRACT

The government of Sweden has long been a proponent of nuclear nonproliferation policies. This includes laws governing the conduct of the Studsvik R2 Reactor in Nyköping, Sweden. Studsvik became a participant in the RERTR program early on and was one of the first research reactors to convert from Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) to Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) fuel.

Since Studsvik operates the reactor on a commercial basis, it is important to fully comply with all Swedish laws and regulations for the operation of a nuclear reactor. This includes development of a proper long term program for the final disposition for the irradiated fuel. For this reason it was very important to Studsvik to be involved in the process for development of the DOE Spent Fuel Return Program as early as possible. This process included input into the Environmental Impact Statement process, early contractual negotiations after the issuance of the Record of Decision, participation in litigation involving the Spent Fuel Return Program, and plans for return of HEU fuel on the first European shipment.

Not only was program involvement important, but actual program implementation was necessary for Studsvik to maintain its reactor license. Studsvik needed to have fuel included in the first shipment in the return program not only for licensing considerations, but also to reduce the proliferation risk associated with the storage of non-self protecting fuel. To ensure participation in the first shipment, Studsvik's activities included the early development of Appendix A's, coordinating the shipment, obtaining approvals and authorizations, and other technical aspects.


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Contact:
Ms. Rita C. Bowser
Director, Nuclear Programs
Studsvik, Inc.
12110 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 450
Reston, VA 22097 USA
Tel.: +1-703-327-2400
Fax: +1-703-327-2450
E-mail: 75547.2554@compuserve.com

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