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December 3, 2014
Excess Uranium Management

The Department is issuing a Request for Information on the effects of DOE transfers of excess uranium on domestic uranium mining, conversion, and enrichment industries.

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.

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

August 29, 2014
Evaluation Of Used Fuel Disposition In Clay-Bearing Rock

Radioactive waste disposal in shale/argillite rock formations has been widely considered given its desirable isolation properties, e.g., low permeability, potential geochemically reduced conditions, anomalous groundwater pressures, and widespread geologic occurrence.

August 22, 2014
Waste Form Degradation Model Integration for Engineered Materials Performance

The collaborative approach to the glass and metallic waste form degradation modeling activities includes process model development (including first-principles approaches) and model integration—both internally among developed process models and between developed process models and PA models, and cross campaign integration between activities in the Used Fuel Disposition (UFD) Campaign and the Separations (to be Materials Recovery) and Waste Forms (SWF=>MRWF) Campaign.  Experimental work is conducted within the UNFD area and results are utilized in development efforts.  The primary outputs

August 5, 2014
NEAMS Quarterly Report for January-March 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.

July 31, 2014
Quarterly Nuclear Deployment Scorecard - July 2014

Includes an update on the South Texas Project and construction updates on V.C. Summer, Vogtle, and Watts Bar 2.

May 31, 2014
Electricity Generating Portfolios with Small Modular Reactors

A paper by Geoffrey Rothwell, Ph.D., Stanford University (retired), and Francesco Ganda, Ph.D., Argonne National Laboratory on "Electricity Generating Portfolios with Small Modular Reactors".

May 28, 2014

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May 15, 2014
Secretarial Determination of No Adverse Material Impact for Uranium Transfers

The determination covers the Department’s sales or transfers of no more than 2,705 metric tons (MTU) of natural uranium (NU) or NU equivalent in a calendar year.  The proposed transfers include up to 650 MTU per year by the National Nuclear Security Administration in support of highly enriched uranium down blending activities, with the remainder of up to 2,705 MTU per year supporting accelerated cleanup activities by the Office of Environmental Management.

April 30, 2014
Quarterly Nuclear Deployment Scorecard - April 2014

Update on Vogtle Loan Guarantee. V.C. Summer and Vogtle construction status.

April 25, 2014
2014 Review of the Potential Impact of DOE Excess Uranium Inventory On the Commercial Markets

Energy Resources International (ERI), Inc conducted this independent market impact analysis on DOE planned uranium sales and transfers during the period 2014 to 2033, based on information concerning quantities and schedules provided to ERI by DOE.

April 15, 2014
Evaluation of Options for Permanent Geologic Disposal of Spent NuclearFuel and High-Level Radioactive Waste

[In Support of a Comprehensive National Nuclear Fuel Cycle Strategy, Volumes I and II (Appendices)]
This study provides a technical basis for informing policy decisions regarding strategies for the management and permanent disposal of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) and high-level radioactive waste (HLW) in the United States requiring geologic isolation.

April 15, 2014
NEAMS Quarterly Report for October-December 2013

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.

April 1, 2014
Agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy and the Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade for Cooperation in Civilian Nuclear Energy Research & Development

The DOE-MOIT R&D agreement establishes a legal framework for comprehensive cooperation between the U.S. DOE and the Czech MOIT on civilian nuclear energy R&D.

February 27, 2014
High Burnup Dry Storage Cask Research and Development Project: Final Test Plan

This Test Plan for the High Burnup Dry Storage Research Project (HDRP) outlines the data to be collected, the high burnup fuel to be included, and the storage system design, procedures, and licensing necessary for implementation.

February 11, 2014
Investing in the next generation: The Office of Nuclear Energy Issues Requests for Scholarship and Fellowship Applications.

Today, the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) announced two new Requests for Applications (RFAs) for the Integrated University Program (IUP).

January 31, 2014
Modeling Fluid Flow in Natural Systems, Model Validation and Demonstration

Clay and granitic units are potential host media for future repositories for used nuclear fuel. The report addresses the representation and characterization of flow in these two media within numerical process models.  In low permeability crystalline rock, flow is primarily in relatively sparse networks of fractures.

January 31, 2014
NEAMS Quarterly Report for July-September 2013

The Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS) quarterly report includes highlights, fuel and reactor product line accomplishments, recent and upcoming milestones, BISON 1.0 release, MARMOT and SHARP news, fuel benchmarks, MeshKit 1.0 release, and information on neutronics and thermal hydraulics teams accomplishments.

January 30, 2014
Regional Geology: GIS Database for Alternative Host Rocks and Potential Siting Guidelines

The objective of this work is to develop a spatial database that integrates both geologic data for alternative host-rock formations and information that has been historically used for siting guidelines, both in the US and other countries.  The Used Fuel Disposition Campaign (UFDC) is considering three alternative geologic host rocks for mined repositories (granitic / crystalline, salt, and clay / shale) and crystalline basement rock for deep borehole disposal.  This report documents progress in populating a GIS Database with information concerning the distribution of alternative host rock