What We Do

The NWTRB is an independent agency of the U.S. Federal Government. Its sole purpose is to perform independent scientific and technical peer review of the Department of Energy's program for managing and disposing of high-level radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel and provide findings & recommendations to Congress, the Secretary of Energy, & the interested public.

Board Report on Management and Disposal of U.S. Department of Energy Spent Nuclear Fuel

Board report to U.S. Congress and the Secretary of Energy

On December 29, 2017, the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board released its Report to Congress and the Secretary of Energy on Management and Disposal of U.S. Department of Energy Spent Nuclear Fuel.  The report is based on a Board review of the Department of Energy’s efforts to manage the spent nuclear fuel (SNF) under its control at four federal facilities.  The Board finds that it is important to manage the SNF in a way that does not impede its eventual disposal in a geologic repository and to improve the understanding of processes related to potential degradation of the SNF that could affect its future packaging, transportation, and disposal.

Board Report

Report Synopsis

Press Release - UPDATE

Press Release

Fact Sheets

Spent Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Radioactive Waste in the United States

DOE-Managed Spent Nuclear Fuel

DOE-Managed Spent Nuclear Fuel at the Hanford Site

DOE-Managed Spent Nuclear Fuel at Idaho National Laboratory

DOE-Managed Spent Nuclear Fuel at Savannah River Site

DOE-Managed Spent Nuclear Fuel at Fort St. Vrain
   

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  • Sep
    01

    Spring 2018 Board Meeting - March 27, 2018

    The U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board will hold a public meeting in the Washington, D.C. area on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. The meeting will consider the issues associated with preclosure operational and performance confirmation monitoring and the retrievability of emplaced high-level radioactive waste (HLW) and spent nuclear fuel (SNF). Technical specialists will discuss technologies for monitoring subsurface seepage, in-drift environmental conditions, and corrosion of waste packages for HLW and SNF.

  • Jun
    21

    Summer 2017 Board Meeting - June 21, 2017

    The U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board held an open public meeting in Richland, Washington, on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, to review information on recent U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) research activities related to corrosion and long-term performance of borosilicate high-level radioactive waste (HLW) glass.

  • Aug
    24

    Summer 2016 Board Meeting - August 24, 2016

    The U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board met in Washington, D.C. on August 24, 2016, to review U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) activities related to integrating the management and disposal of the many different designs of canisters for spent nuclear fuel (SNF) and high-level radioactive waste (HLW) that are currently in service and under development.

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