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December 13, 2005

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Nuclear Utility Industry Advisory Board Meets in Idaho

Representatives from the nuclear utility industry focused on building laboratory-industry partnerships during a recent visit to Idaho National Laboratory.

The laboratory hosted the recent meeting of the INL Utility Advisory Board in Idaho Falls. The advisory board was formed in March to advise the laboratory on direction and focus of its nuclear energy priorities.

The priorities identified by the board relate to continued operation of the nation's 104 nuclear power plants, implementation of the Nuclear Power 2010 initiative for building new nuclear power plants in the United States, and technologies associated with next-generation nuclear power plants.

The board consists of senior executives from American Electric Power, Constellation Energy Corp., Dominion Energy, Duke Energy, Entergy Corp., Exelon Corp., Nuclear Management Co., Omaha Public Power District, Southern California Edison, the Electric Power Research Institute, and a former senior executive of PSEG Nuclear.

In addition to discussions with the board members, the laboratory invited nuclear plant vendors to discuss the plant designs being considered for construction under the NP 2010 initiative. General Electric and Westinghouse each presented information about their respective advanced light water reactor designs.

The focus of the meeting was on building upon successes in the laboratory-industry partnership involving examination of advanced Light Water Reactor fuel, and developing laboratory-industry working groups for physical and cyber security, equipment reliability, material research, and the very high temperature gas reactor.

Members of the board were given tours of the INL Materials and Fuels Complex and the Information Operations and Research Center.

The board meets about twice a year, with the next meeting planned for March 2006.

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