Spent Fuel Shipment Experience: Information Sharing of Lessons Learned and Best Practices

The World Nuclear Transport Institute (WNTI) and NUTRANSTOR are sponsoring the Workshop “International Spent Fuel Experience: Information Sharing of Lessons Learned and Best Practices” that will take place on July 19, 2021. This event is being held for State and local transport officials within the United States, but all WNTI members are welcome.

Date & Time:

19th Jul, 2021


3pm - 5:30pm,


London, Online, Sweden, USA

Workshop in collaboration with WNTI and NUTRANSTOR

International spent fuel shipment experience: Information sharing of lessons learned and best practices.

  • Date:  July 19, 2021, Time: 10:30 am to 12.30pm US Eastern Time

3:30 pm to 5:30 pm London (BST)

4:30 pm to 6:30 pm Paris/Stockholm (CEST)


Several European countries like France, Germany, Sweden, UK, Switzerland have been successfully shipping spent fuel on a daily basis for more than 50 years. Spent fuel is being transported to either reprocessing facilities or consolidated Interim storage facilities. As final disposal solutions start to be implemented worldwide, commercial spent fuel shipments will increase. In the United States, only a few commercial spent fuel shipping campaigns of limited duration and scope have been performed to date. Unlike most countries in Europe, in the USA, there is a huge backlog of canisters/casks currently stored at commercial sites waiting to be shipped to either a consolidated facility or a repository (inventory of ~ 3,400 canisters/casks as of 2/1/21, including ~ 700 at shutdown sites).


The goal of the workshop is to share best practices and lessons learned in shipping spent fuel from experienced international organizations (SKB, Sweden; Orano NPS, France) with United States stakeholders and other international stakeholders who will be involved directly or indirectly into future commercial spent fuel transports. This will be a fact-based workshop to provide practical and operational examples, focusing on the following topics:

  1. Operations: General description of transport system(s) and description of the split and transfer of responsibilities between involved organizations
  2. Communications among stakeholders and engagement with the public
  3. Media/press interactions
  4. Emergency preparedness and response: organization, responsibilities, inspections, drills, communication
  5. Security: Overview of plans



  • Elected officials
  • Tribal community leaders
  • First responders, emergency management leadership and staff, law enforcement
  • Interested members of the public
  • Organizations involved directly or indirectly in the transport supply chain
  • State personnel responsible for transportation safety, security, and emergency preparedness.


Presenters/moderators –

Introduction: Michael Snee, Ohio Bureau of Radiation Protection

Presenters: SKB Anna Wikmark (Sweden); Orano NPS: Mike Valenzano (USA) and Anne Presta (France)

Moderator: Scott Edwards, World Nuclear Transport Institute (WNTI)


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