From: NE, DOE [mailto:DOE.NE@nuclear.energy.gov]
Sent: Friday, May 15, 2009 12:39 PM
To: Steve Kirsch
Subject: E-mail Reply to Steve Kirsch / RE:Briefing on the Integral FastReactor
Thank you for your e-mail dated April 8, 2009, to the Secretary of Energy
recognizing the importance of the past Integral Fast Reactor
(IFR) research and development (R&D) effort and also recommending a briefing be
set up for Secretary Chu by the former Argonne National
Laboratory Associate Director Yoon Chang.
Several of the Department of Energy Headquarters nuclear engineering managers
who worked on the IFR program still work at the Department.
All of the successful work elements of the IFR program are embedded in our
current Advanced Fuel Cycle R&D program, including development of advanced fuels
with the potential to contribute to improved management of the Light Water
Reactor (LWR) spent fuel disposition with associated processing development. The
potential benefits you cite of significantly contributing to the management of
radioactive waste, no carbon dioxide emissions and competitive economics remain
We do not believe a specific IFR related briefing to the Secretary is needed
because of the many technical advances that have been made since the time when
that program was terminated. Please rest assured that we will brief the
Secretary on our current fuel cycle R&D activities that includes many of the
components of the IFR program.
Again thanks for your strong support of the concept embodied in the IFR program.
The IFR definitely lives on.