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July 22, 2015
Quarterly Nuclear Deployment Scorecard - July 2015

News updates on Fermi 3, Watts Bar 2, and Calvert Cliffs 3

June 22, 2015
Development of Light Water Reactor Fuels with Enhanced Accident Tolerance – Report to Congress

This report provides DOE’s plan to develop light water reactor (LWR) fuels with enhanced accident tolerance in response to 2012 Congressional direction and funding authorization. The result of the accident tolerant fuel development activities, if successful, will be a commercial product that is utilized in existing and future nuclear power plants.

June 22, 2015

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May 19, 2015
International Nuclear Energy Research Initiative: 2013 Annual Report

Nuclear energy represents the single largest carbon-free baseload source of energy in the United States, accounting for nearly 20 percent of the electricity generated and over 60 percent of our low-carbon production. Worldwide, nuclear power generates 14 percent of global electricity. Continually increasing demand for clean energy both domestically and across the globe, combined with research designed to make nuclear power ever-safer and more cost-effective, will keep nuclear in the energy mix for the foreseeable future.

May 1, 2015
2015 Secretarial Determination

On May 1, 2015, the Secretary of Energy determined that continued uranium transfers for cleanup services at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant and for down-blending of highly-enriched uranium to low-enriched uranium will not have an adverse material impact on the domestic uranium mining, conversion, or enrichment industry (“2015 Secretarial Determination”). This Determination covers continued transfers at the rates specified in the Determination.

April 24, 2015
Quarterly Nuclear Deployment Scorecard - April 2015

Updates on V.C. Summer construction schedule, Watts Bar 2, South Texas Project

March 24, 2015
Report on Separate Disposal of Defense High-Level Radioactive Waste

This is a report on the separate disposal of defense high-level radioactive waste and commercial nuclear waste.

March 24, 2015
FACT SHEET: The Path Forward on Nuclear Waste Disposal

This fact sheet provides the basic information about current plans for nuclear waste disposal.

March 19, 2015
Excess Uranium Management

The Department's Notice of Issues for Public Comment on the effects of DOE transfers of excess uranium on domestic uranium mining, conversion, and enrichment industries.

March 4, 2015
NEAMS Quarterly Report For July-September 2014

The Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS) quarterly report includes updates, highlights, fuels and reactors product line accomplishments, integration accomplishments, recent and upcoming milestones.

February 2, 2015
Quarterly Nuclear Deployment Scorecard - January 2015

Includes news updates on nuclear power deployment including: vermont yankee closure, possible vogtle construction delay.

January 30, 2015

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December 19, 2014
Advance Reactor Concepts Technical Review Panel Public Report

The Office of Nuclear Energy supports research and development for advanced reactor technologies. This report documents the results of the 2014 Technical Review Panel (TRP) review of seven advanced reactor concepts. The intent of the process was to identify R&D needs for advanced reactor concepts in order to inform Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy R&D investment decisions.

November 25, 2014
Advanced Sensors and Instrumentation Newsletter

The Advanced Sensors and Instrumentation (ASI) newsletter will be released periodically to inform program stakeholders about new developments and achievements in the area of sensors, instrumentation and related technologies across the Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) R&D programs.

November 7, 2014
NEAMS Quarterly Report for April-June 2014

The Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS) quarterly report includes updates, highlights, fuels and reactors product line accomplishments, integration accomplishments, recent and upcoming milestones.

October 31, 2014
Quarterly Nuclear Deployment Scorecard - October 2014

News Updates
 The NRC has approved a final rule on the continued storage of spent fuel and has lifted a two year suspension on final licensing actions on plant licenses and license renewals. The rule incorporates a Generic Environmental Impact Statement that can be referenced by the environmental reviews for site licenses.

October 22, 2014
Assessment of Disposal Options for DOE-Managed High-Level Radioactive Waste and Spent Nuclear Fuel

The Assessment of Disposal Options for DOE-Managed High-Level Radioactive Waste and Spent Nuclear Fuel report assesses the technical options for the safe and permanent disposal of high-level radioactive waste (HLW) and spent nuclear fuel (SNF) managed by the Department of Energy. Specifically, it considers whether DOE-managed HLW and SNF should be disposed of with commercial SNF and HLW in one geologic repository or whether there are advantages to developing separate geologic disposal pathways for some DOE-managed HLW and SNF. The report recommends that the Department begin implementation of a phased, adaptive, and consent-based strategy with development of a separate mined repository for some DOE-managed HLW and cooler DOE-managed SNF.

October 1, 2014
Preliminary Evaluation of Removing Used Nuclear Fuel From Shutdown Sites

In January 2013, the Department of Energy issued the Strategy for the Management and Disposal of Used Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Radioactive Waste. Among the elements contained in this strategy is an initial focus on accepting used nuclear fuel from shutdown reactor sites.

September 26, 2014
Results of Stainless Steel Canister Corrosion Studies and Environmental Sample Investigations.

This report documents experimental work evaluating localized corrosion of container and canister materials performed at Sandia National Laboratories. The report also documents the results of analyses of the dust samples collected by the EPRI-led in-service inspections of dry storage canisters at existing ISFSIs (Hope Creek NJ, and Diablo Canyon CA). 

September 26, 2014
Used Fuel Disposal in Crystalline Rocks: Status and FY14 Progress

The objective of the Crystalline Disposal R&D work is to advance our understanding of long-term disposal of used fuel in crystalline rocks and to develop necessary experimental and computational capabilities to evaluate various disposal concepts in such media.  The major accomplishments during the year include: 1)  R&D plan was developed for used fuel disposal in crystalline rocks; 2)  established  a generic reference case for crystalline disposal media; 3) developed and applied THMC models to the analysis of coupled EBS processes in bentonite-backfilled repositories; 4) examined t

September 26, 2014
FY14 Status Report: CIRFT Testing Results on High Burnup UNF

This report provides a status of the performance of a systematic study of used nuclear fuel (UNF, also known as “spent nuclear fuel” [SNF]) integrity under simulated transportation environments using the Cyclic Integrated Reversible-Bending Fatigue Tester (CIRFT) hot-cell testing technology developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in August 2013. Under Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) sponsorship, ORNL completed four benchmark tests, four static tests, and twelve dynamic or cycle tests on H. B. Robinson (HBR) high burn-up (HBU) fuel.

September 26, 2014
Effects of Multiple Drying Cycles on HBU PWR Cladding Alloys

The purpose of this research effort is to determine the effects of canister/cask vacuum drying and storage on radial hydride precipitation in high‐burnup (HBU) pressurized water reactor (PWR) cladding alloys during cooling for a range of peak drying‐storage temperatures, internal gas pressures, and hoop stresses. The HBU PWR cladding alloys have a wide range of hydrogen contents and varying hydride morphology after in‐reactor service.

September 26, 2014
International Collaboration Activities in Different Geologic Disposal Environments

This report describes the current status of international collaboration regarding geologic disposal research in the Used Fuel Disposition (UFD) Campaign.  To date, UFD’s International Disposal R&D Program has established formal collaboration agreements with five international initiatives and several international partners, and has started several specific collaborative R&D activities.  These international activities include testing and modeling studies and address the following key research areas:  Near-Field Perturbation, Engineered Barrier Integrity,  Radionuclide Transport, and

September 25, 2014
Summary Results for Brine Migration Modeling Performed by LANL, LBNL and SNL for the Used Fuel Disposition Program

The report summarizes laboratory and field observations and numerical modeling related to coupled