VT NDCAP FEDERAL NUCLEAR WASTE POLICY (FNWP) COMMITTEE
VT NDCAP’s Federal Nuclear Waste Policy Committee was created in December 2020 in order for the Panel to learn more about US national spent fuel storage and disposal issues. The Committee will develop recommendations on US nuclear waste policies for the Full Panel to consider.
Comments or Questions may be sent to the VT NDCAP Federal Nuclear Waste Policy Committee by emailing PSD.NDCAP@vermont.gov or by contacting State Nuclear Engineer Tony Leshinskie at email@example.com or (802) 272-1714.
All emails sent to VT NDCAP or the FNWP Committee become public record.
The FNWP Committee is considering its next steps in assessing current Federal nuclear waste policies, including the review of recent Congressional spent fuel legislation proposals and efforts by the Congressional Spent Nuclear Fuel Solutions Caucus established in early 2021. In 2022 and 2023, the Committee learned more about long-term spent fuel storage options.
At its September 25, 2023 meeting, the Committee heard presentations on current US Department of Energy (DOE) planning for Spent Nuclear Fuel Transportation. Dr. Sara Hogan, Transportation Program Manager in DOE's Office of Integrated Waste Management, discussed the DOE's De-Inventory Reports. These reports assess the available Origin Site Infrastructure, the likely support activities, and potential transportation routes necessary for removing Spent Nuclear Fuel from a former or currently operating commercial nuclear power plant site. Since there currently is not a specific destination for US Spent Nuclear Fuel disposal, the De-Inventory Reports evaluate activities necessary to transport the fuel to the Geographic Center of the United States (GCUS)
At its June 12 and June 19, 2023 meetings, the Committee discussed potential recycling and reprocessing options for spent nuclear fuel. Both meetings featured a presentation by a recognized expert regarding nuclear fuel reprocessing and recycling. The US Department of Energy is reconsidering reprocessing (recycling) nuclear fuel, a practice essentially prohibited in the US for several decades, to limit reliance on foreign uranium sources. Some existing light water reactors can use reprocessed fuel while several new reactor designs, if implemented, may require it. At the June 12th meeting, Dr. Sven Bader, Technical Consultant at Orano Federal Services, discuss several spent fuel recycling options. At the June 19th meeting, Dr. Edwin Lyman, Director of Nuclear Power Safety at the Union of Concerned Scientists, discussed several concerns regarding spent fuel reprocessing.
At its March 6, 2023 Meeting, the Committee discussed Two Perspectives on Amending the 1982 & 1986 Nuclear Waste Policy Acts. These perspectives were provided by Jay E. Silberg, a Partner at Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw, Pittman, LLP and Diane Curran, a Partner at Harmon, Curran, Spielberg and Eisenberg, LLP. This discussion is available from the 2023-03-26 Committee Webcast Recording.
At its December 5,2022 Committee Meeting, the Committee reviewed its 2022 activities and brainstormed potential meeting topics for 2023. These resulted in several updates to the Panel's Annual Report draft. Meeting logistics for 2023 were also discussed.
At the October 3, 2022 Committee Meeting, Congressional Legislative Assistant Oliver Edelson provided an overview of US Congressional Spent Nuclear Fuel Solutions Caucus activities, as well as an informative Questions and Answers session on spent nuclear fuel policies. This discussion is available from the 2022-10-03 Committee Webcast Recording.
At the May 23, 2022 Committee Meeting, representatives from Holtec International outlined the company’s plans for long-term monitoring and aging management of spent fuel storage systems, such as those currently used at Vermont Yankee. A lively Questions and Answers session on spent fuel storage system capabilities occurred. This presentation and discussion is available from the 2022-05-23 Committee Webcast Recording.
At its March 28, 2022 Meeting, the Committee received a presentation from Deep Isolation, a Berkeley, CA-based start-up company, that proposes using existing “side drilling” oil well technology as a means for spent nuclear fuel disposal.
The Committee's next meeting will be held Monday, December 4, 2023. Further information on this meeting will be posted below as it becomes available.
March 6, 2023
- March 6, 2023 Meeting Agenda
- 2023-03-06 Committee Webcast Recording
- Background Information for March 6 FNWP Committee Meeting
- Jay E. Silberg Biography
- Diane Curran Biography
- Fact Sheet Opposing Consolidated Interim Storage (Supplied by Diane Curran)
- 2023-03-06 Teams Meeting Chat
June 12, 2023
- June 12, 2023 Meeting Agenda
- 2023-06-12 Committee Webcast Recording
- Dr. Sven Bader Biography
- Dr. Sven Bader Presentation Slides
- Marvin Resnikoff Article on Spent Fuel Reprocessing
- Dr. Bader Written Replies to Questions
June 19, 2023
- June 19, 2023 Meeting Agenda
- 2023-06-19 Committee Webcast Recording
- Dr. Edwin Lyman Biography
- Dr. Edwin Lyman Background Materials for June 19 Meeting
- Dr. Edwin Lyman Presentation Slides
Federal Nuclear Waste Policy Committee Rev. 2 Report (Summary of its 2021 Activities)
Monday, December 4, 2023
12 Noon to 1:15 PM
Microsoft Teams Webcast
The Federal Nuclear Waste Policy (FNWP) Committee of the Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel (VT NDCAP) is tentatively scheduled to meet on Monday, December 4, 2023 from 12:00 Noon to 1:15 PM. At this meeting, the Committee will review its 2023 activities and discuss its next steps in assessing current Federal nuclear waste policies. Language in the VT NDCAP 2023 Draft Annual Report summarizing Committee activities will be assessed.
Webcast Connectivity for FNWP Committee Meetings
Meeting ID: 219 455 202 503
Passcode: NP9acz (this code is case-sensitive)
Note that this is a different weblink from FNWP Committee meetings held prior to September 2023.
While this weblink will broadcast both the video and audio portions of the webcast, the meeting audio will also be available from the following new teleconference connection:
(802) 552-8456 - OR - (802) 828-7228
Phone Conference ID: 363 695 177#
Additional instructions for joining VT NDCAP webcasts are available from the following links:
The September 25 FNWP Committee meeting is scheduled to run for 1 hour. While there will be an opportunity for public questions and comments, the comment period will be limited to assure that the invited speakers have sufficient time for their presentation. Written questions and comments for the Committee members or the meeting speakers may be submitted to VT NDCAP’s email address at PSD.NDCAP@vermont.gov.
All emails sent to the Committee become public record and may be published on the VT NDCAP website (https://publicservice.vermont.gov/electric/ndcap) or this webpage.
Additional Committee meeting dates and details will be announced here as they become available.
All Committee (as well as all other NDCAP) meetings are open to the public. Questions regarding any of the Committee’s announced meetings may be directed to State Nuclear Engineer Tony Leshinskie at firstname.lastname@example.org or (802) 272-1714.
2022 INSPECT Act (proposed bill)
STRANDED Act of 2021 (proposed bill)
Background Reading on National Spent Fuel Policy Topics
September 2021 GAO Recommendations for Federal Spent Nuclear Fuel Policy Actions (GAO-21-603 Full Report)
US DOE Consent-Based Siting Efforts
Yucca Mountain Related Links:
NRC Yucca Mountain Brochure (aka Yucca Mountain “Backgrounder”)
US Interim Storage Facility Links:
Interim Storage Facility NRC License Submittals (includes links for both proposed facilities)
Spent Fuel Transportation Topics:
Spent Fuel Transport Railcar Development Status (Atlas & Fortis Railcars)
Additional Suggested Background Readings & Websites:
World Nuclear Industry Status Reports (links to current and prior years reports)
- World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2022
- World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2020
- World Decommissioning Status Report (included in 2022 World Status Report)