NTI expertjoined more than 250 participants from 45 countries in Vienna, Austria for the : Learning from the Past, Enabling the Future.” This conference, which occurs every four years, and was held during the week of June 24, attracts experts from all over the world engaged in various facets of national and international spent nuclear fuel management.
Over the course of the week, participants were engaged in presentations and discussions on a variety of topics, including: national strategies; spent fuel and high-level waste storage; transportation; recycling and reuse; disposal; advanced nuclear energy systems; and challenges.
Bednarek presented on work NTI has been leading over the past five years to build a partnership among key Pacific Rim stakeholders on the management of spent nuclear fuel. This partnership, which engages government, industry, and academic experts from South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China, Canada, and the United States, is composed of working groups on (1) long-term monitored dry-cask storage; (2) technical and non-technical aspects of siting; and, (3) research and development at underground research facilities. The intent of this initiative is to share relevant information, identify issues of common interest, and work toward cooperation on topics that can provide meaningful benefits to the participants’ waste management programs.
The next meeting of the partnership will be held August 12-14, 2019 in Suwon, South Korea, jointly hosted by NTI and Kyung Hee University. Learn more about the work of this partnership.