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Title: International Safeguards and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Abstract

Established in 1965, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s (PNNL) strong technical ties and shared heritage with the nearby U.S. Department of Energy Hanford Site were central to the early development of expertise in nuclear fuel cycle signatures, separations chemistry, plutonium chemistry, environmental monitoring, modeling and analysis of reactor systems, and nuclear material safeguards and security. From these Hanford origins, PNNL has grown into a multi-program science and engineering enterprise that utilizes this diversity to strengthen the international safeguards regime. Today, PNNL supports the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in its mission to provide assurances to the international community that nations do not use nuclear materials and equipment outside of peaceful uses. PNNL also serves in the IAEA’s Network of Analytical Laboratories (NWAL) by providing analysis of environmental samples gathered around the world. PNNL is involved in safeguards research and development activities in support of many U.S. Government programs such as the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Office of Research and Development, NNSA Office of Nonproliferation and Arms Control, and the U.S. Support Program to IAEA Safeguards. In addition to these programs, PNNL invests internal resources including safeguards-specific training opportunities for staff, and laboratory-directed research and development funding to further ideas thatmore » may grow into new capabilities. This paper and accompanying presentation highlight some of PNNL’s contributions in technology development, implementation concepts and approaches, policy, capacity building, and human capital development, in the field of international safeguards.« less

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Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1349175
Report Number(s):
PNNL-SA-119533
DOE Contract Number:
AC05-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: 57t Annual Meeting of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM 2016) July 24-28, 2016, Atlanta, Georgia, 3:1633-1640
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Olsen, Khris B., Smith, Leon E., Frazar, Sarah L., Kurzrok, Andrew J., Orton, Christopher R., Schanfein, Mark J., Sayre, Amanda M., and Jones, Rebecca L.. International Safeguards and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. United States: N. p., 2016. Web.
Olsen, Khris B., Smith, Leon E., Frazar, Sarah L., Kurzrok, Andrew J., Orton, Christopher R., Schanfein, Mark J., Sayre, Amanda M., & Jones, Rebecca L.. International Safeguards and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. United States.
Olsen, Khris B., Smith, Leon E., Frazar, Sarah L., Kurzrok, Andrew J., Orton, Christopher R., Schanfein, Mark J., Sayre, Amanda M., and Jones, Rebecca L.. 2016. "International Safeguards and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory". United States. doi:.
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abstractNote = {Established in 1965, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s (PNNL) strong technical ties and shared heritage with the nearby U.S. Department of Energy Hanford Site were central to the early development of expertise in nuclear fuel cycle signatures, separations chemistry, plutonium chemistry, environmental monitoring, modeling and analysis of reactor systems, and nuclear material safeguards and security. From these Hanford origins, PNNL has grown into a multi-program science and engineering enterprise that utilizes this diversity to strengthen the international safeguards regime. Today, PNNL supports the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in its mission to provide assurances to the international community that nations do not use nuclear materials and equipment outside of peaceful uses. PNNL also serves in the IAEA’s Network of Analytical Laboratories (NWAL) by providing analysis of environmental samples gathered around the world. PNNL is involved in safeguards research and development activities in support of many U.S. Government programs such as the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Office of Research and Development, NNSA Office of Nonproliferation and Arms Control, and the U.S. Support Program to IAEA Safeguards. In addition to these programs, PNNL invests internal resources including safeguards-specific training opportunities for staff, and laboratory-directed research and development funding to further ideas that may grow into new capabilities. This paper and accompanying presentation highlight some of PNNL’s contributions in technology development, implementation concepts and approaches, policy, capacity building, and human capital development, in the field of international safeguards.},
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