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Fuel Cycle Plenary  | CORDEL  | Market Report  | Radiological Protection  | Law | Capacity Optimization  | Economics  | Security of the International Fuel Cycle  |  Supply Chain  | Transport  | Waste Management & Decommissioning  | Sustainable Used Fuel Management

Next Working Groups Meetings April 2015, Prague, Czech Republic 

The Working Groups are forums through which the enterprises of the global nuclear industry share best practice, conduct analysis, and develop consolidated positions on economic, safety and environmental issues. Several Groups act as the interface for industry at international policy-making organisations, such as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the International Commission for Radiological Protection (ICRP) and the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) of the OECD. 

Each Group is chaired by an expert from WNA membership, and has a mentor assigned to it from the WNA Board. Administrative and technical support is provided by the WNA Secretariat. 

Working Groups typically gather three times a year with meetings taking place in January, in the spring around the World Nuclear Fuel Cycle conference, and in September around the WNA Symposium in London.

WNA member representatives can view all Working Group reports, documents, presentations and contact lists on the members website.


Fuel Cycle Plenary
Chair: Emmanuelle Verger (EDF) 
Staff DirectorSerge Gorlin 

The Plenary is WNA's largest members forum and focuses on developments in nuclear fuel and trade. Sessions consist of formal presentations and panel discussions, as well as reports from interest groups in the areas of primary uranium supply, conversion, 
enrichment, fuel fabrication, secondary supply and demand. To serve as a practical means for keeping members informed about all WNA activities in the fuel cycle area, the Plenary receives periodic reports from relevant Working Groups.


Cooperation in Reactor Design Evaluation and Licensing (CORDEL)
Chair: Gerry Head (GE-Hitachi)
Deputy Chairmen: Hae Ryong Hwang (KEPCO E&C) and Xavier Pouget-Abadie (EDF)
Staff DirectorsBarry Kaufer and Andrew Wasylyk

CORDEL's mission is to promote the standardisation of nuclear reactor designs. This can be achieved by the development of a worldwide nuclear regulatory environment where internationally accepted standardised reactor designs, certified and approved by a recognised competent authority in the country of origin, can be widely deployed without major design changes at the national level. In practice, this would mean that generic design certification and safety evaluations approved by a recognised competent authority in the country of origin would be acceptable in other countries without the need to duplicate or repeat the entire design certification process.


In 2014, CORDEL started implementing its Strategic Plan. This effort saw an increase in member participation both in the working group and in its numerous task forces. Key successes included issuance of a report by the Codes & Standards Task Force onCertification of NDE Personnel and an Outlook Report by the Digital I&C Task Force.

The key tasks in 2015, to be undertaken by the various CORDEL Task Forces and sub-groups, will be as follows:

The Codes and Standards Task Force issued its report on Certification of NDE Personnellate last year and this group will now concentrate on drafting recommendations to the various Standards Organisations on code changes. The group is also finalising its report on Stress Analysis and looks to publish it in mid-2015. Finally the Task force is preparing a report on future issues.

The Design Change Management Task Force completed revising its report on Design Knowledge and Design Change in the Operation of Nuclear Fleets which will be published in early 2015. The group also plans to complete a Design Authority report.

The Licensing and Permitting Task Force will hold the International Conference on Multinational Cooperation in Licensing of Nuclear Power Plants in April. The main theme of the conference would be on how to best manage regulatory risk in the licensing of a nuclear new build project

The IAEA Nuclear Safety Standards and Probabilistic Safety Goals Task Force will maintain oversight of the work being performed by the IAEA Nuclear Safety Standards Committee (NUSSC) to ensure that proper input related to industry concerns is provided. The Probablistic Safety Goals Task Force will perform benchmarking of the IAEA Safety Goals framework to provide a means of comparing national/company approaches, with a view to identifying opportunities for harmonisation.

The Digital Instrumentation & Control (I&C) Task Force, created in 2013, is continuing to develop its report on safety classification. It will also continue to expand membership within CORDEL and develop relations with codes and standards organisations in order to meet its strategic commitments.

The Small Modular Reactors Ad-hoc Group plans to publish its report onInternational Licensing of Small Modular Reactors. This will be part of a larger corpus of position papers on SMR Licensing to be worked on jointly with the Law WG. It will also establish a consensus definition for SMR which will to used to define the programme of work.


Fuel Market Report
Co-Chairs: Hendrik de Baenst (Synatom); Pierre Durante (AREVA)
Staff DirectorIan Emsley 

Published since the 1970s, the biennial Global Nuclear Fuel Market report compiles data from WNA member companies, national sources and international agencies to produce an authoritative projection of global supply and demand. The Group is broken down into sub-groups, which focus on different areas of the fuel cycle. The participation of experts from all areas of WNA membership (buyers, producers, consultants) in its compilation gives the report its unique authority.


Radiological Protection 
Co-Chairs: Willie Harris (Exelon); Marcel Lips (Kernkraftwerk Goesgen-Daeniken AG)
Staff DirectorBinika Shah

This Group aims to promote improvements in the international system of radiological protection by developing and advocating scientifically sound, understandable and implementable positions of policy and practice. The Group has Special Liaison Organisation status with the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP), and has observer status on the Radiation Safety Standards Committee (RASSC) of the IAEA.

2014 highlights include:

• Completing a review of the latest available scientific evidence surrounding the contribution of radiation to cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease, as well as to lens of the eye effects, and providing an informed and credible voice for industry over how to incorporate such effects into the international system of protection. A position on this topic was delivered at the ICRP Special Liaison Organisation meeting, which the WNA hosted in London in November 2014.

• Supporting the preparation of the radiological protection panel discussion at the WNA Symposium.


In 2015, the working group will continue developing its longer term strategy.  The impact of the accident at Fukushima and the ongoing lessons to be drawn, particularly around preparing for emergencies, and the transition from the emergency phase, will feature prominently in the group's work. There will be further consideration of RP in the fields of environmental protection, radon and NORM management. The RPWG will also monitor and coordinate industry participation in the work of international organisations on radiological protection such as IAEA, ICRP and OSPAR, with particular emphasis on participation in the ICRP Symposium in S. Korea in 2015 and IRPA14.

Law
Chair: Christian Lawerentz (NUKEM) Vice Chair: Helen Cook (Shearman and Sterling)
Staff DirectorVirginie Ryan-Taix

This Group was established with a mandate to raise awareness among WNA membership on the legal issues facing the nuclear industry. It also liaises with other WNA Working Groups to assist when necessary on ways to respond to specific legal challenges. 

The Group increasingly interacts with other WNA Working Groups with common work areas or objectives, such as CORDEL and Supply Chain.

2015 Plans

• Provide a forum to discuss and learn about key legal developments affecting the nuclear industry, including the entry into force of the Convention on Supplementary Compensation and update on status of the 2004 Protocols to amend the Paris and Brussels Convention as well as the 1997 Vienna Convention (April meeting)
• Prepare and circulate legal issue briefing notes providing international, national, legal and regulatory and case law updates
• Organise jointly with CORDEL WG an international Licensing and Permitting Conference in Prague in April 
• Complete and publish the WNA's Swaps in the International Fuel Market paper
• Produce a series of reports on legal issues surrounding the development of SMRs, including on licensing and liability
• Focus at the September meeting in London on nuclear law in Asia, with invited speakers


Capacity Optimization
Chair: Mike Baron (Global Nuclear Associates)
Staff DirectorDavid Hess

This Group identifies means by which nuclear power plant operators worldwide can improve the performance of their plants. The Group focuses on areas relevant to plant economics such as availability, reliability, flexibility and capacity.

Highlights for 2015 include
• Create a Long-term Operation Task Force as a forum for: 
       o Documenting and comparing the licensing processes for different countries
       o Sharing experience of LTO in terms of asset management, engineering and technical challenges (e.g. safety modifications, heavy component replacement, obsolescence management, ageing monitoring etc.) 
       o Drawing of best practices
• Publication of the third edition of the Group's Optimized Capacity report.
• Contribute to finalization of IAEA TecDoc 1383, Guidance for Optimizing Nuclear Power Plant Maintenance Programmes


Economics 
Chair: Milton Caplan (MZ Consulting)
Staff DirectorGreg Kaser  and Ian Emsley 

This Group's primary focus is on developing a better understanding of the capital costs of new nuclear plants and comparing projections showing the potential role of nuclear power in the 21st century.

In 2015, the Group will:

• Support the WNA Strategic Communications team's efforts to engage with the development banks on the financing of nuclear
• Compile a WNA Paper on The Economic Challenges to Nuclear Power

Security of the International Fuel Cycle 
Chair: TBD
Staff DirectorIsis Leslie

The original mission of this Group, set up in 2005, was to produce a report on the policy debate surrounding sensitive fuel cycle technologies, with particular reference to the IAEA initiative on Multilateral Approaches to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle. The report was revised in 2011. The Group's mission was extended in 2013 to include security in the broader sense.
As of 2013, the Group has been represented on the IAEA's Nuclear Security Guidance Committee (NSGC) as an observer. NSGC's role is to review and approve draft IAEA guidelines relating to security.
In 2015:
• The Group will increase its feedback to NSGC on draft IAEA security guidance, drawing upon the expertise of other WNA Working Groups. 
• It will produce a report based on a 2014 survey conducted across the WNA membership on security policy and governance. 
• It will contribute to preparations for the final Nuclear Industry Summit in 2016 in the US.
• The Group will continue to promote the industry's views on the importance of a strong and well-functioning fuel market as a contributor to non-proliferation.

Supply Chain 
Chair: Juan Molina (Westinghouse)
Staff DirectorGreg Kaser 

As demand for nuclear power grows, economic factors and initiatives for localising production are driving the internationalisation of the nuclear power plant supply chain. The industry faces common challenges in understanding and meeting national technical regulations, in achieving vendor and product qualification and quality assurance certification, in monitoring and identifying market trends, and in communicating with stakeholders on industrial developments. The role of the Group is to support WNA members in these tasks with the ultimate goal of ensuring timely and efficient construction.
In 2013, the Group established a Task Force on Vendor Oversight and Control of Suppliers (VOCS) to develop a concept for an industry-wide approach to strengthening capability along the supply chain that enhances safety and offers a common approach to quality control. In 2014, it organized a major Supply Chain Forum in London, whose objectives were to foster an industry-wide dialogue on achieving product realization and demonstrating that regulatory and licensee requirements are met.
In 2015, the Group will:
i) Launch the 2nd WNA Supply Chain Report  (January)
ii) Provide support to Vendor Oversight and Control of Suppliers Task Force 
iii) Publish WNA report on good practice in compliance and licensing of nuclear exports 
iv) Provide "Rough Guide" to Export Controls on WNA website. 
v) Support seminar on industry-government cooperation in enhanced export control with PNNL around NSG meeting in Vienna
vi) Represent WNA at the Nuclear Quality Standard Association


Transport
Chair: Francisco Tarin (ENUSA)
Staff DirectorSerge Gorlin

This Group acts as a forum for communicating industry developments, exchanging leading practice, as well as for identifying and resolving issues relating to the shipment of nuclear material. A primary focus of the group is to address commercial issues affecting the transport of front-end nuclear materials.
The Group is represented on the IAEA's Transport Safety Standards Committee (TRANSSC) and works closely with relevant organisations working in the transport domain, such as the World Nuclear Transport Institute.
The Group is also represented on the Transport Facilitation Working Group, a multi-stakeholder initiative to preserve and open up new routes for the transport of radioactive and nuclear material, ensuring they can be delivered in a timely and efficient way. The group's January meeting in Beijing focused on regulatory and facilitation issues.


Waste Management and Decommissioning 
Chair: Mike Pieraccini (EdF)
Staff Director:Binika Shah

This Group monitors developments and shapes industry positions with a view to improving the system of waste management and decommissioning. It promotes the appropriate re-use and recycling of material - and safe disposal of wastes - from nuclear sites. It also represents industry interests on the IAEA Waste Safety Standards Committee (WASSC).

At its meetings in 2015, the Group will develop its longer term strategy. It will also continue to facilitate exchange between those companies with experience of decommissioning and those new to the field or planning for the future. In addition, it will share practical lessons learned on the optimal radiological protection of workers during nuclear power station decommissioning, and during the transition period following cessation of generation.


Sustainable Used Fuel Management Group
Chair: Henri Zaccai (AREVA)
Staff DirectorsIsis Leslie

This Group aims to gather the views of the nuclear industry and stakeholders on current and best practice in sustainable used fuel management, to produce a report presenting the status of used fuel management worldwide, and to produce guidelines for the industry to use in its communication.
In 2015, the Group will:
i) Complete a survey on national used fuel management practices begun in 2014
ii) Define key topics areas for messaging on sustainable used fuel management and begin constructing key messages
iii) Define and promote the key success factors in establishing a sustainable used fuel management programme
iv) Prepare a WNA report on the status of used fuel management world-wide
v) Further contribute to the IAEA work on SUFM and extend interaction across the departments, including presenting at the June IAEA used fuel conference.