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September 20, 2007 Douglas Morrell 2007 Status Report – DOE University Reactor Infrastructure and Education Assistance Program - University Reactor Fuel.

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1 September 20, 2007 Douglas Morrell 2007 Status Report – DOE University Reactor Infrastructure and Education Assistance Program - University Reactor Fuel Assistance Program

2 2 Program Management DOE HQJohn Gutteridge DOE - Idaho Operations OfficeJim Wade Idaho National Laboratory Department ManagerFrances Marshall Project ManagerDoug Morrell Project EngineerTony Vinnola Nuclear/Reactor EngineerBill Steinke Quality Engineer - at IdahoDana Cooper Quality Engineer - at VirginiaDave Capp Nuclear Materials ManagementMichelle Wilkinson Subcontract Administration - UniversitiesLynda Keller

3 3 Points of Contact Organization AddressPhone Doug Tony Jim Frances Bill Dana Dave Michelle Lynda

4 4 Purpose of Program The purpose of the University Reactor Infrastructure and Education Assistance Program - Reactor Fuel Assistance Program is to provide fresh nuclear reactor fuel to U.S. universities at no, or low, cost to the university, to promote nuclear engineering education and related research and development. The title of the fuel remains with the U.S. government and when universities are finished with the fuel, the fuel is returned to the U.S. government.

5 5 The URFA Program Funded by the Department of Energy - Nuclear Energy division Managed by DOE-ID Contracted to the INL’s Management and Operations Contractor - Battelle Energy Alliance Program has been at Idaho since 1977 INL subcontracts with 26 U.S. universities to supply fresh nuclear reactor fuel for operations Some have recurring needs for new fuel –MURR, MIT –UC-Davis, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Penn State, Texas, NC State

6 6 The URFA Program (cont) One Time Upgrades (Requested) - North Carolina State, Reed College Lightly Irradiated Fuel Transfers – Some Possibilities Spent Fuel Transfers to DOE Facilities –HEU to LEU conversions – Purdue, Washington State, Oregon State, Wisconsin –Routine shipments – MURR, MIT –Potential shipments – UC-Davis, Texas – Austin, Utah, NC State, Reed College

7 Accomplishments Provided fuel to maintain university reactors with sufficient fuel to operate at current power levels - MURR, MIT 1 shipment of spent nuclear fuel from Texas A&M 2 shipments of spent nuclear fuel from MURR 1 shipment of spent nuclear fuel from MIT Preparations for 1 shipment of spent nuclear fuel from Purdue University Preparation of Request For Proposal for new spent nuclear fuel cask to replace the BMI cask Publication and delivery of the quarterly TRTR newsletter Preparation of the Nuclear Engineering Education Sourcebook

8 Forecast Provide fuel to maintain university reactors with sufficient fuel to operate at current power levels - MURR, MIT Ship spent nuclear fuel from MURR Ship spent nuclear fuel from MIT Publication and delivery of the TRTR Newsletter – University of Florida Replace BMI spent nuclear fuel cask Replace DOT 6M fresh fuel shipping containers for MURR and MIT fuel shipments

9 9 Requests for Assistance University Fuels subcontract renewals Future requests for fresh fuel or spent fuel shipments need to be communicated to program office – Provide documentation to justify request ( notification preferred) Other university concerns or assistance to be communicated to program for consideration into future plans for DOE funding

10 10 Future Challenges Sufficient Funding For: –New fresh fuel for recurring fuel needs –Spent fuel shipments

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