The ITRG submitted regular impartial reports on the NWMO's technical program. Its role was to inform the Board of Directors whether the program:
Is based on appropriate scientific and technical approaches and methodologies;
Is consistent with international practices;
Would broaden and advance the NWMO's technical knowledge to adequately support implementation of Adaptive Phased Management; and
Has sufficient technical resources to achieve its mission.
Members of the ITRG (2008–2013)
Allan Hooper, Chair
Allan Hooper is an independent consultant who specializes in the safe, long-term management of radioactive waste for the United Kingdom and other national programmes since 2007. He acts as the Chief Scientific Advisor to the United Kingdom Nuclear Decommissioning Authority Radioactive Waste Management Directorate. In 2008, Dr. Hooper was also appointed Visiting Professor in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering at Imperial College London.
On joining the electricity supply industry, Dr. Hooper researched the operational safety of advanced reactor designs before transferring into early research on decommissioning nuclear power stations and radioactive waste management. He joined Nirex, the United Kingdom radioactive waste management agency in 1988, holding a number of senior management positions, including Director for Science. Dr. Hooper holds a Bachelor of Science and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Nottingham University, United Kingdom.
Olle OlssonOlle Olsson has 30 years of experience working within the Swedish nuclear waste management program, primarily associated with geoscientific issues related to the final disposal of spent nuclear fuel within a deep geological repository. From 1983 to 1992, he was Principal Investigator for development of integrated site characterization and numerical techniques within the International Stripa Project. In 1995, he became Director of the SKB’s (Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company) underground research facility, the Äspö Hard Rock Laboratory. Starting in 2002, he managed the recently completed investigations of two potential Swedish repository sites, and was responsible for preparation of the licence application – submitted to the Swedish government in March 2011 – for the selected Forsmark site. Dr. Olsson now holds the position of Vice-President, Strategy and Programmes at SKB.
Olle Olsson received his Ph.D. in Applied Geophysics from the University of Luleå, Sweden, in 1978. He has been a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences since 2003.
Lawrence JohnsonLawrence Johnson is a senior scientist and research and development co-ordinator at Nagra (Swiss National Cooperative for the Disposal of Radioactive Waste), where he has worked since 1999 on various aspects of engineered barriers performance.
Mr. Johnson received a bachelor's degree in Chemistry with Great Distinction from the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, in 1977. He joined the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) at Whiteshell Laboratories in 1978, where he studied the dissolution of spent fuel and vitrified high-level waste for several years before becoming Manager of Engineered Barrier Studies in the Canadian Nuclear Fuel Waste Management Program. He also managed the technical studies of durability of spent fuel in interim wet and dry storage.
He is the author of over 110 reports and journal papers covering many areas related to materials performance aspects of engineered barrier systems, as well as a number of studies dealing with long-term safety assessment. A member of the International Scientific Advisory Board of the CEA PRECCI Programme, Mr. Johnson conducts research on the long-term evolution of spent fuel packages.