ACNW Action Plan: FY 2007 – FY 2008 (NUREG/BR-0050, Revision 5)

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Date Published: September 2007

Advisory Committee on Nuclear Waste and Materials
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

Message from the ACNW Chairman

The Advisory Committee on Nuclear Waste (ACNW) has revised its action plan to reflect Commission priorities for fiscal year (FY) 2007 and FY 2008. To emphasize the broader scope of its responsibilities, which now include several tasks recently assigned by the Commission, the Committee changed its name from the Advisory Committee on Nuclear Waste to the Advisory Committee on Nuclear Waste and Materials (ACNW&M). The Commission approved the name change, the associated charter, and revised action plan. The finalized documents reflect the Commission's desire for the Committee to address adequate protection of health and safety as it pertains to technical differences among external stakeholders, technical experts, and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff.

The action plan establishes a framework for guiding the Committee in providing independent and timely technical advice to the NRC on nuclear waste disposal and radioactive material management issues. ACNW&M will address, first tier issues as a priority and address second tier issues as time and resources permit unless otherwise directed by the Commission. The Action Plan is anchored to the NRC's Draft Strategic Plan for FY 2004 - FY 2009 (NUREG 1614, Vol. 3) and is consistent with the ACNW&M charter. ACNW&M has specified tasks and planned activities in its operating plan to implement the action plan.

Important goals for the Committee continue to be bringing to bear the best science and technology in resolving key issues, risk informing NRC's decisionmaking process, and improving public involvement and openness in interactions with stakeholders.

We would appreciate any comments you have on the ACNW&M action plan. Please contact Dr. John Flack at (301) 415 0426 or by email to

Michael T. Ryan
Advisory Committee on Nuclear Waste and Materials

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