United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

T14 Strategic Considerations for Managing the Back End of the Fuel Cycle

As the Nation reevaluates the approach for managing the back end of the nuclear fuel cycle, a range of options are being considered for spent fuel reprocessing, long-term storage, and disposal. Although current technologies appear capable of meeting near-term needs for safety and security, new approaches offer the potential to mitigate some challenges associated with long-term needs and enhance safety and security. For example, current technologies are available to reprocess spent fuel; however, innovative approaches are being investigated to improve isotopic separations, increase overall efficiency, and address proliferation concerns. This session will provide perspectives on whether the Nation should proceed in the near term with alternative approaches to managing the back end of the fuel cycle or continue with current practices until ongoing technology programs have matured.



Catherine Haney, Office Director, NRC/NMSS





Elizabeth Doolittle, NRC/NMSS, tel: (301) 492-3245, e-mail: Elizabeth.Doolittle@nrc.gov

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