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Nuclear Criticality Safety
NCSD provides communication among nuclear criticality safety professionals through the development of standards, the evolution of training methods and materials, the presentation of technical data and procedures, and the creation of specialty publications. In these ways, the division furthers the exchange of technical information on nuclear criticality safety with the ultimate goal of promoting the safe handling of fissionable materials outside reactors.
2023 ANS Winter Conference and Expo
November 12–15, 2023
Washington, D.C.|Washington Hilton
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NRC moves ahead on HALEU enrichment, rulemaking, and guidance
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is requesting comments on the regulatory basis for a proposed rule for light water reactor fuel designs featuring high-assay low-enriched uranium (HALEU), including accident tolerant fuel (ATF) designs, and on draft guidance for the environmental evaluation of ATFs containing uranium enriched up to 8 percent U-235. Some of the HALEU feedstock for those LWR fuels and for advanced reactor fuels could be produced within the first Category II fuel facility licensed by the NRC—Centrus Energy’s American Centrifuge Plant in Piketon, Ohio. On September 21, the NRC approved the start of enrichment operations in the plant’s modest 16-machine HALEU demonstration cascade.
June 12–16, 2022
Anaheim, CA|Hilton Anaheim
The ANS Nuclear Criticality Safety Division Topical bridges the four-year gap between successive International Conferences on Nuclear Criticality (ICNC) and provides a forum for exchange among technical disciplines that impact criticality safety, including operational criticality safety, experimental criticality, nuclear data, and radiation transport code development. The field of criticality safety, like other related nuclear engineering fields, is experiencing significant personnel turnover and an increasingly less experienced staff makes the need for technical knowledge transfer ever more important.
Catherine Percher (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)
Theresa Cutler (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
John Bess (JFoster & Associates)
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Deborah Hill (National Nuclear Laboratory)
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