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Chairman's Summing Up of the Sixth CEG Meeting's Major Decisions and Recommendations

(Augusta, Georgia, USA, 27 - 29 April 1998)

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The 6th CEG meeting took place in Augusta, 27-29 April 1998 and was attended by 51 participants from 9 countries, 2 international organizations and the EU.

The meeting considered four major topical issues, namely:

Overview of the implementation of the Federal WM Programme of the Russian Federation and of status of and plans on intermediate stores and final disposal of radwaste in the Russian Federation;

The CEG noting with appreciation some positive results achieved in implementation of and negotiations on certain co-operation projects, underlined at the same time slow progress in finalizing co-operation agreement on the most important high priority projects.

It agreed that at the next meetings special consideration and emphasis should be regularly given to problems hampering the implementation of a limited number of most important high priority projects.

The CEG also reviewed and discussed in detail the present situation with the final disposal of radwaste in the Russian Federation, its plans in this field and the existing international co-operation.

Russian Federation High Priority Needs (Projects) Worthy of Immediate International Attention

The CEG agreed that, as suggested in the Conclusion of the Long-Term Planning Working Group (Cadarache) the overall topical priorities of the CEG Long-Term Plan would include the whole technology chain of:

Developing a CEG Consensus on "Initial (First Priority) Projects" for International Co-operation on Nuclear Waste and Spent Fuel Management in the Russian Federation.

The CEG agreed to recommend for international co-operation in nuclear waste and spent fuel management the following "Initial" (First Priority) projects:

CEG Long-term planning (as reported by the Chairman of the Working Group on long-term planning)

The CEG fully endorsed the Conclusions of the WG LTP meeting, noting with appreciation that it succeeded in formulating proposals on priority topical waste management areas for potential long-term CEG support in the RF and on the schedule, forms and mechanism of preparation by the RF of a long-term conceptual Plan of Actions in the above areas for subsequent CEG support and monitoring of its implementation.

The CEG decided, as suggested by the WG, to consider the conceptual Plan of Actions at the next 7th CEG meeting (to be circulated to the CEG members at least one month before the meeting).

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