Abstracts and Available Papers Presented at the
2005 International RERTR Meeting
THE UNITED STATES FOREIGN RESEARCH REACTOR SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL ACCEPTANCE PROGRAM: PROGRAM CONTINUATION AND CURRENT INITIATIVES
C. E. Messick and J. L.
U.S. Department of Energy
National Nuclear Security Administration
Office of Global Nuclear Material Threat Reduction
Savannah River Operations Office
P.O. Box A, Aiken, South Carolina 29802
United States of America
The United States (U.S.) Department of Energy (DOE), in consultation with the Department of State, adopted the Nuclear Weapons Nonproliferation Policy Concerning Foreign Research Reactor Spent Nuclear Fuel in May 1996. The policy was slated to expire May 12, 2009. On October 15, 2003, a petition requesting a program extension was delivered to the United States Secretary of Energy by a group of research reactor operators from foreign countries. In April 2004, the Secretary directed DOE to undertake an analysis, as required by the National Environmental Policy Act, to consider potential extension of the Program and to re-organize the program under the DOE National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA’s) new Office of Global Nuclear Material Threat Reduction. Subsequently, program management transitioned to NNSA and the program was extended for an additional 10 years. This paper provides a brief update on the program, discusses program transition to NNSA, the extension of the program, and the resulting direction and initiatives.
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