As part of activities leading to a comprehensive evaluation and screening of nuclear fuel cycle options in 2013, the United States Department of Energy (USDOE) Office of Fuel Cycle Technologies (FCT) will hold an Informational Meeting on Nuclear Fuel Cycle Options at the Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL, April 25, 2012. The objectives of this informational meeting are:
The purpose of the Evaluation and Screening effort is to provide information to USDOE about the potential benefits and challenges of nuclear fuel cycle options (i.e., the complete nuclear energy system from mining to disposal) that can be used to strengthen the basis and provide guidance for the activities undertaken by the Office of Fuel Cycle Technologies. To achieve this objective, a comprehensive set of fuel cycle options needs to be first defined and then evaluated, followed by screening to identify a relatively small number of promising fuel cycle options with the potential for achieving substantial improvements compared to the current nuclear fuel cycle in the United States. Improvements will be measured in terms of broadly defined economic, environmental, safety, non-proliferation, security, and sustainability goals. At this meeting, input is being sought from participants knowledgeable in nuclear fuel cycles, particularly those from universities, industry and national laboratories, to ensure that the set of fuel cycle options developed for the evaluation and screening provides a comprehensive representation of potential fuel cycle performance with respect to the evaluation criteria. The purpose of this meeting is NOT to seek input on the evaluation criteria or the pros and cons of any particular fuel cycle option. Opportunity for providing input on the evaluation criteria will occur in a future meeting later this year.
A draft agenda for this meeting is available.
This meeting is open to participants knowledgeable in nuclear energy systems, particularly those from universities, nuclear industry and national laboratories. U.S. Citizens planning to attend the meeting must pre-register before April 16, 2012. Foreign Nationals must pre-register before April 5, 2012 and complete the ANL Visit Request form and return it to Ms. Connie Bates at firstname.lastname@example.org. Meeting space is limited and early registration is encouraged. The number of participants from an organization may be limited to allow a broad spectrum of individuals and organizations to participate in the meeting.
For questions about attending or registering for the meeting, please contact Ms. Connie Bates at email@example.com.