Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Materials
Advanced Nuclear Fuels and Fuel Cycles
Providing insight for and support in addressing proliferation resistance in the current and future nuclear fuel cycle and materials management
Objective: To increase the capability of interested Member States to develop technologies through information exchange of disposition of separated plutonium, reprocessing uranium and depleted uranium and other nuclear materials arising from fuel cycle options and ex-defence plutonium and HEU.
Details: Management of separated plutonium and reprocessed uranium arising from reprocessing of spent fuel and depleted uranium from enrichment processes is a current challenge which must be met to alleviate concerns about a sustainable nuclear fuel cycle. These nuclear material arisings are related to various nuclear fuel cycle options. In addition, there are other issues associated with the management of ex-defence plutonium and HEU. These nuclear materials are introduced into the nuclear fuel cycle activities. Disposition or peaceful use of the materials involves to some degree risks with regard to proliferation, environmental burden and safety. The Agency is expected to address these inter-linking issues, particularly those arising from the current nuclear fuel cycle options and former defence purposes. The exchange of information and the fostering of technical developments to solve the issues are of great importance to alleviate concerns and build mutual understanding of possible approaches to their solution.
There are a number of activities implemented under this project. These are: