The Working Group on Fuel Cycle Safety brings together representatives of regulatory bodies, their technical support organisations, and operators of nuclear fuel cycle facilities, which comprise a number of interrelated activities, including: uranium mining and milling; uranium refining and conversion to uranium hexafluoride; uranium enrichment; fuel fabrication and storage; spent fuel storage; spent fuel reprocessing; decommissioning of nuclear facilities; radioactive waste management and disposal options (including for spent fuel) and the research and demonstration facilities that support these activities.
Reactor operation is conventionally not included in the so-called nuclear fuel cycle. Similarly, the long-term management of radioactive waste is a very broad field, widely covered in several other NEA committees and is therefore not addressed. However, the safety aspects associated with processing and storing waste in the short-term on the site of fuel cycle facilities are treated by the group.
The objective of the Working Group on Fuel Cycle Safety (WGFCS) is to advance the understanding for both regulators and operators of relevant aspects of nuclear fuel cycle safety in member countries. In order to accomplish this objective the working group shall:
To achieve this mandate the WGFCS shall:
Operational and Regulatory Aspects of Criticality Safety
Under this activity, the international workshop on Operational and Regulatory Aspects of Criticality Safety will be planned for May 2015. The objective of this workshop is to discuss and review current national activities, plans and strategies for maintaining and improving operational and regulatory approaches to criticality safety. Safety authorities and their technical support organisations (TSO), fuel cycle facilities (FCF) operating organisations and international organisations are invited to share information on their approaches, practices and current developments.
OECD/NEA International Workshop on Operational and Regulatory Aspects of Criticality Safety
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, 19-21 May 2015
Proceedings of the workshop on Safety of Long Term Interim Storage
CSNI Technical Opinion Paper No. 15 – Ageing management of Fuel Cycle Facilities
NEA No. 6990, NEA/CSNI/R(2012)7, ISBN 978-92-64-99181-1
Proceedings of the Workshop on Safety Assessment of Fuel Cycle Facilities,
The Safety of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle
NEA No. 3588, ISBN 92-64-01421-7
Workshop on Fuel Cycle Safety – Past, Present and Future
Wilmington, North Carolina, USA, 16-18 October 2007
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