The committee organized several meetings and tours to obtain information about the safety and security of spent fuel storage. A list of these meetings and tours is provided below. The committee held several data-gathering sessions not open to the public to obtain classified and safeguards information about the safety and security of spent fuel storage. The committee also held several data-gathering sessions open to the public to receive unclassified briefings from industry, independent analysts, and other interested parties including members of the public. The written materials (e.g., PowerPoint presentations and written statements) obtained by the committee at these open sessions are posted on the web site for this project: http://dels.nas.edu/sfs.
A.1 FIRST MEETING, FEBRUARY 12–13, 2004, WASHINGTON, D.C.
The objective of this meeting was to obtain background information on the study request from staff of the House Committee on Appropriations, Energy and Water Development Subcommittee. The committee also was briefed by one of the sponsors of the study and by two independent experts. The following is the list of topics and speakers for the open session:
Background on the congressional request for this study. Speaker Kevin Cook, Professional Staff, House Committee on Appropriations, Energy and Water Development Subcommittee.
Reducing the hazard from stored spent power-reactor fuel in the United States. Speakers: Frank von Hippel, Princeton University, and Klaus Janberg, independent consultant, co-authors of the paper entitled “Reducing the Hazard from Stored Spent Power-Reactor Fuel in the United States” (Alvarez et al., 2003).
Nuclear power plants and their fuel as terrorist targets. Speaker: Ted Rockwell, MPR Associates, Inc., co-author of the paper entitled “Nuclear Power Plants and Their Fuel as Terrorist Targets” (Chapin et al., 2002).
Nuclear Regulatory Commission analyses of spent fuel safety and security. Speaker: Farouk Eltawila, director, Division of Systems Analysis and Regulatory Effectiveness, Office of Research, Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
On the second day of the meeting, the committee held a data-gathering session not open to the public to obtain classified briefings from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission about its ongoing analyses of spent fuel storage security.
A.2 SECOND MEETING, MARCH 4–6, 2004, ARGONNE, ILLINOIS
During the second meeting, the committee held a data-gathering session not open to the public to receive classified briefings on spent fuel storage security from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The committee also toured the Dresden and Braidwood Nuclear