Formed in 2011 and expanded in 2012, the Nuclear Utility Fuel Advisory Board (NUFAB) is comprised of senior fuel managers from utility companies that account for approximately 50% of installed U.S. nuclear capacity. NUFAB members represent the "voice of the customer" in Lightbridge's nuclear fuel development and commercialization activities.
In May 2015, NUFAB members submitted a formal expression of interest in a letter to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, asking the NRC to prepare to review Lightbridge's patented metallic fuel design in anticipation of an expected application in 2017, setting the stage for use of Lightbridge fuel lead test assemblies in an "operating U.S. pressurized water reactor as early as 2020." The NRC relies on communications from U.S. utilities to adjust commission staffing levels and budgets in anticipation of regulatory review of licensing applications.
The full text of the NUFAB letter to the NRC is on file at: http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1513/ML15134A092.pdf