Operational and Regulatory Aspects of Criticality Safety: Workshop Proceedings

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Criticality safety is an integral component of ensuring the continued safe operation of current reactor and fuel cycle facilities, as well as addressing new and interesting challenges that are expected in the design of anticipated future nuclear facilities. Fuel cycle facilities (FCFs) represent a broad range of operations including uranium enrichment, fuel fabrication, radioisotope production, reprocessing, decommissioning, waste management (storage, handling, maintenance, and disposal of fissile materials including spent and damaged fuel) and transportation. All these operations exhibit the need to maintain a complete and thorough nuclear criticality safety (NCS) programme. The workshop discussions, held in Alburquerque, New Mexico, United States on 19-21 May 2015, are intended to bring significant regulatory and operational aspects of these programmes into focus.