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Nuclear Energy Institute
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 30, 2010
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NEI Reorganizes Fuel Cycle Programs New Focus on Nonproliferation Issues

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Nuclear Energy Institute has reorganized and expanded its nuclear energy fuel cycle programs. Among changes made by the organization, NEI has created a new position of director of nonproliferation and fuel cycle policy, and promoted Dr. Everett L. Redmond II to fill that position.

Redmond will be responsible for leading activities that define industry positions and policies on nonproliferation and fuel cycle issues, and representing those policies before Congress, executive branch agencies and non-governmental organizations.

NEI’s reorganization recognizes the importance of a strong nonproliferation program—both technically and institutionally—as nuclear energy expands globally to meet the challenge of producing low-carbon electricity. “We believe we must address fuel cycle policy and nonproliferation issues in an integrated manner,” said Marvin S. Fertel, NEI president and chief executive officer. “We expect that Everett’s strong technical expertise and background will position NEI as a credible participant in the ongoing nonproliferation discussion, including how best to structure the nuclear fuel cycle.”

Redmond had served as senior project manager for used fuel storage and transportation at NEI. He has significant experience in used nuclear fuel container design and licensing and has been responsible for all issues relating to used fuel transportation and storage at NEI since 2006.

Prior to joining NEI, Redmond was a principal engineer at Holtec International and was responsible for analysis of used nuclear fuel systems, including the design and analysis of the company’s container and transportation systems for used reactor fuel.

Redmond holds a Doctor of Philosophy in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a member of the American Nuclear Society.

“The Obama administration’s Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future is examining a range of policy options regarding the management of used nuclear fuel and we continue to engage in those policy discussions,” Redmond said. “As the industry and policymakers consider advanced nuclear fuel treatment options, we will be extending that conversation to the nonproliferation community.”

The nuclear energy industry is pursuing an integrated used fuel management strategy that consists of three major elements—long -term managed storage of used reactor fuel, preferably at centralized sites in volunteer locations; development of permanent disposal capacity; and development of advanced fuel cycle technologies.

 “In the short term, managed storage at nuclear power plants and, ultimately, at one or two centralized facilities, remains a key near- and medium-term option for used fuel management. These storage options will provide a bridge that allows industry and government partners time to explore advanced technologies to recover vast unused energy content from uranium fuel rods,” Fertel said.

As part of the reorganization, Steven Kraft, a senior director who had managed used nuclear fuel issues for NEI, now will report directly to Fertel, NEI’s president and CEO, as senior director for special projects. In that role, Kraft will be responsible for coordinating NEI’s resources to develop central interim storage capability. “Steve’s continued responsibilities to develop centralized, temporary used fuel storage facilities, and other projects with which he will be supporting me, will require his focused attention,” Fertel said. “As such, we have freed him from the daily management of used nuclear fuel issues to focus on these activities.”

Rodney McCullum, director of used fuel programs at NEI, will assume responsibility for technical and regulatory activities in the used nuclear fuel area, including used nuclear fuel acceptance, transportation, fuel criticality and container certification.