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In the report DOE identified a host of technical issues for the ATW Program, proposed a program and schedule to resolve those issues, estimated the cost of such a program, proposed international collaborations, and assessed the impact of ATW technology on spent fuel from civilian nuclear reactors. At about the same time DOE established the Accelerator Transmutation of Waste Subcommittee under its Nuclear Energy Research Advisory Committee (NERAC), the top advisory panel to the secretary of energy on matters related to nuclear energy, science, and technology.

International cooperation in this area is developing actively, for which we can only be glad. In working on current types of reactors we are eliminating old mistakes, but we must not make new ones when questions of the end stage of the nuclear fuel cycle are pushed into the background. Here is my answer to the question raised a bit earlier: It seems to me that the development of the nuclear energy sector is held back mainly by the lack of clear and generally understandable solutions regarding the safe management of spent nuclear fuel and radioactive wastes.

We encountered this in Russia in this previous stage in the industry’s development partly because our nuclear power industry had to operate in a closed manner because of its close ties with military programs. Now, however, we are changing: We are building information centers, conducting scientific debates, and publicizing our activities in the media, and radiophobia is lessening among the population. Unprecedented measures have been taken regarding the safety of existing nuclear reactors as well as those under construction.

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