7 The review commissioned by DOEs deputy assistant secretary for Fuel Cycle Technology also included an assessment of progress toward establishing a science-based approach to nuclear separations research. The concept is novel and after expressing initial skepticism as to whether this was Peter Zalupski who received INLs Early Career Exceptional Achievement Award in FY 2012 researches advanced methods for recycling valuable components from used nuclear fuel. The panel concluded that the campaign had an outstanding program in place with relevant RD activities yielding more than 500 publications illustrating results-oriented work of campaign members contributing from across the DOE complex. We are impressed by the caliber and breadth of technical managers and researchers that are involved. You have engaged the top people in the country in all areas of work. In short the program is in good hands. Relevancy Review Panel Separations and Waste Form Campaign possible the panel concluded that the science-based approach was achieving success. Finally the creation of sigma teams is enhancing collaborations between national labs on separation and waste form grand challenges. These teams began showing momentum and promise this year. Used fuel handling Establishing a strong technical basis for safe and secure storage and transportation of used nuclear fuel is essential for the sustainability of nuclear power generation. This year INL helped DOE-NE develop a new RDD plan for Used Fuel Storage and Transportation. The plan outlines science-based activities identifies facilities and resources needed to close technical or knowledge gaps and summarizes activities necessary to assure high confidence in safe and secure long-term storage and transportation. INL also worked with the Used Fuel Disposition Campaign this year to establish a new element for field demonstrations.