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nant messages to come out of the symposium were that the primary spent fuel management solution for the next decades will be interim storage, the duration time of interim storage is becoming longer than earlier anticipated, and storage facilities will have to be designated also to receive spent fuel from advanced fuel cycle practices, that is, high burn-up and MOX spent fuel. The next international conference is planned for Vienna on June 2–6, 2003.


The major emphasis of spent fuel management in the near term program will be placed on

  • continuous review of spent fuel incidents and storage capacity worldwide

  • long-term issues of spent fuel storage covering optimization of cask and container loading and fuel failure classification

  • burn-up credit, including a particular depletion code for burn-up credit using chemical assay

  • extension of the operation of interim storage facilities

The IAEA continues various activities associated with spent fuel management by taking into account the General Conference Resolutions, requests from member states, recommendations of major meetings, and the IAEA Medium Term Strategy.



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IAEA-TECDOC-1100, Survey of wet and dry spent fuel storage, (1999).


IAEA-TECDOC-1013, Implementation of burnup credit in spent fuel management systems, Proceedings of an Advisory Group meeting held in Vienna, October 20–24, 1997, (1998).


IAEA-TECDOC-1241, Implementation of burnup credit in spent fuel management systems, Proceedings of a Technical Committee Meeting held in Vienna, July 10–14, 2000, (2001).


H. P. Dyck, Overview on the burnup credit activities at the IAEA, Proceedings of the Technical Committee Meeting on the Requirements, Practices, and Developments in Burnup Credit Applications, Madrid, Spain, April 22–26, (2002).


H. P. Dyck (IAEA), V. P. Smirnov (RIAR), and S. Pavlov (RIAR), Results of VVER-440 FR examination after testing under simulated dry storage conditions, to be published as a TECDOC.


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IAEA-TECDOC-1089, Storage of spent fuel from power reactors, Proceedings of a symposium held in Vienna, November 9–13, 1998, (1999).

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