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Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future, Reactor and Fuel Cycle Technology Subcommittee

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Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Energy.


Notice of Open Meeting.


This notice announces an open meeting of the Reactor and Fuel Cycle Technology (RFCT) Subcommittee. The RFCT Subcommittee is a subcommittee of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future (the Commission). The establishment of subcommittees is authorized in the Commission's charter. The Commission was organized pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) (the Act). This notice is provided in accordance with the Act.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 8:15 a.m.-4 p.m.


Washington Marriott at Metro Center, 775 12th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20005.

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Timothy A. Frazier, Designated Federal Officer, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585; telephone (202) 586-4243 or facsimile (202) 586-0544; e-mail Additional information will be available at

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Background: The President directed that the Commission be established to conduct a comprehensive review of policies for managing the back end of the nuclear fuel cycle. The Commission will provide advice and make recommendations on issues including alternatives for the storage, processing, and disposal of civilian and defense spent nuclear fuel and nuclear waste.

The Co-chairs of the Commission requested the formation of the RFCT Subcommittee to answer the question: “[d]o technical alternatives to today's once-through fuel cycle offer sufficient promise to warrant serious consideration and R&D investment, and do these technologies hold significant potential to influence the way in which used fuel is stored and disposed?”

Purpose of the Meeting: The meeting will primarily focus on the evaluation of advantages and disadvantages of adopting new fuel cycle technologies and the associated waste management implications of these technologies. The meeting will also address proliferation and security risks associated with new fuel cycle technologies.

Tentative Agenda: The meeting is expected to start at 8:15 a.m. on October 12 with panel presentations beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 3:15 p.m. A public comment period is planned from 3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Public Participation: Subcommittee meetings are not required to be open to the public; however, the Commission has elected to open the presentation sessions of the meeting to the public. Individuals and representatives of organizations who would like to offer comments and suggestions may do so at the end of the public session on Tuesday, October 12, 2010. Approximately 45 minutes will be reserved for public comments from 3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. Time allotted per speaker will depend on the number who wish to speak but will not exceed 5 minutes. The Designated Federal Officer is empowered to conduct the meeting in a fashion that will facilitate the orderly conduct of business. Those wishing to speak should register to do so beginning at 8:30 a.m. on October 12, 2010, at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center. Registration to speak will close at 11 a.m., October 12, 2010.

Those not able to attend the meeting or have insufficient time to address the subcommittee are invited to send a written statement to Timothy A. Frazier, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585; e-mail to, or post comments on the Commission Web site at

Additionally, the meeting will be available via live video webcast. The link will be available at This notice is being published less than 15 days before the date of the meeting due to programmatic issues.

Minutes: The minutes of the meeting will be available at or by contacting Mr. Frazier. He may be reached at the postal address or email address above.

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Issued in Washington, DC on September 28, 2010.

LaTanya R. Butler,

Acting Deputy Committee Management Officer.

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[FR Doc. 2010-24813 Filed 10-1-10; 8:45 am]