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U.S. DOE moves forward with spent nuclear fuel recycling plans

1 February 2007 — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that over $10 million will be used for 11 commercial and public consortia selected to conduct detailed siting studies for integrated spent fuel recycling facilities as a part of President George W. Bush’s Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP).

“These facilities will enable us to effectively recycle spent nuclear fuel in a safe and proliferation-resistant manner. They will set the technological standard and allow us to influence energy policy abroad while increasing energy security here at home,” DOE Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy Dennis Spurgeon said. “With the negotiations complete, we are ready to proceed from an initial phase to one where actual studies can explore sites for GNEP-related facilities.”

Award recipients, announced in November 2006, will carry out siting studies to determine the possibility of hosting an advanced nuclear fuel recycling center and/or an advanced recycling reactor. Beginning immediately, recipients will conduct detailed site characterization studies of the sites, which were proposed in their Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) responses. Recipients will have 90-days to complete these studies and submit it to the DOE no later than May 30.

Of the 11 sites, six are currently owned and operated by DOE. Sites, lead award recipients, and award amounts are as follows:


  1. Atomic City, ID; EnergySolutions, LLC; $915,448

  2. Barnwell, SC; EnergySolutions, LLC; $963,151

  3. Hanford Site, WA; Tri-City Industrial Development Council/Columbia Basin Consulting Group; $1,020,000

  4. Hobbs, NM; Eddy Lea Energy Alliance; $1,590,016

  5. Idaho National Laboratory, ID; Regional Development Alliance, Inc; $648,745

  6. Morris, IL; General Electric Company; $1,484,875

  7. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TN; Community Reuse Organization of East Tennessee; $894,704

  8. Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, KY; Paducah Uranium Plant Asset Utilization, Inc.; $664,600

  9. Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant, OH; Piketon Initiative for Nuclear Independence, LLC; $673,761

  10. Roswell, NM; EnergySolutions, LLC; $1,134,522

  11. Savannah River National Laboratory, SC; Economic Development Partnership of Aiken and Edgefield Counties; $468,420

Total allocation of funds is $10,458,242.