The IFNEC Infrastructure Development Working Group (IDWG) held its seventh meeting on December 6, 2010, followed by a Resources and Gaps Workshop on human resource development on December 7. Approximately 90 representatives from IFNEC participant and observer countries, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Generation IV International forum, international organizations, research institutions, business and academia attended the meeting and workshop.
At the IDWG meeting, participants shared views and discussed priorities and activities the IDWG is undertaking in several areas. The IDWG’s Subgroup on Radioactive Waste Management presented reviews of regional approaches, national strategies, current R&D programs, and results of a recent study on radioactive waste transportation. In the area of small modular reactors (SMRs), participants presented on the status of SMR designs,and SMR deployment as well as analyses of the economic competitiveness of SMRs. In addition, participants discussed ways the IDWG could address infrastructure requirements for nuclear fuel services. Finally, participants heard updates on current activities.