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Fukushima decommissioning moves forward

Fukushima decommissioning moves forward

Japanese ministries and other organisations are working together - with the support of the International Atomic Energy Agency - to deliver the ultimate decontamination and decommissioning of the former Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Progress is being made to remove all used fuel and debris from units 1-3, while the challenge of removing large volumes of treated water stored at the site is being addressed, speakers told a side event at the 63rd IAEA General Conference.

Waste & Recycling 17 September 2019


Recommendations made for Finnish waste management

Recommendations made for Finnish waste management

Finland must ensure appropriate management of all existing and future radioactive waste, regardless of its origin, producer or production method, a working group set up by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment has said. Meanwhile, another working group has made recommendations for improving the investment of assets under the country's nuclear waste management fund.

Waste & Recycling 04 September 2019


Sellafield completes defueling of Calder Hall

Sellafield completes defueling of Calder Hall

Work has been completed to remove fuel from the world's first commercial nuclear power plant at Calder Hall in west Cumbria, in northwest England. Opened on 17 October 1956, Calder Hall was in operation for 47 years, until 2003, and the defueling operation began in 2011.

Waste & Recycling 03 September 2019


Further contract for Finnish repository construction

Further contract for Finnish repository construction

Finnish waste management company Posiva has awarded a contract to YIT, the country's largest construction firm, for the second phase of excavation works at the Onkalo repository near Olkiluoto. The contract - worth about EUR17 million (USD19 million) - covers the excavation of two more central tunnels and five deposition tunnels connected to them.

Waste & Recycling 29 August 2019


Cavendish to assist in decommissioning Monju

Cavendish to assist in decommissioning Monju

British nuclear services company Cavendish Nuclear has been awarded a contract by Japan Atomic Energy Agency to support decommissioning of the Monju prototype fast breeder reactor. Cavendish, a subsidiary of Babcock International Group, has been involved in the ongoing decommissioning of the fast reactors at the UK's Dounreay site.

Waste & Recycling 28 August 2019


Control room launched at Hanford waste treatment plant

Control room launched at Hanford waste treatment plant

The control room for the Direct-Feed Low-Activity Waste Facility at the US Department of Energy's Hanford site in Washington State has been commissioned. The facility is one of four major facilities that together will form the Waste Treatment and Immobilisation Plant, which will process and stabilize radioactive and chemical waste stored at the Hanford Site.

Waste & Recycling 23 August 2019


Canadian, Korean waste organisations agree cooperation

Canadian, Korean waste organisations agree cooperation

The Korea Radioactive Waste Agency has signed agreements with Canadian Nuclear Laboratories and Canada's Nuclear Waste Management Organisation to cooperate on decommissioning nuclear facilities and radioactive waste management.

Waste & Recycling 23 August 2019


Canada develops copper cladding for used fuel casks

Canada develops copper cladding for used fuel casks

Nuclear Waste Management Organisation announced yesterday that it has designed, developed and fabricated a first-of-a-kind system to clad its used fuel containers with copper through an electroplating process. Oakville, Ontario-based NWMO says the copper will prevent corrosion of the steel UFCs, which will eventually be used to contain and isolate Canada’s used nuclear fuel in a deep geological repository. 

Waste & Recycling 21 August 2019


Sellafield launches repackaging of plutonium canisters

Sellafield launches repackaging of plutonium canisters

Work has started on a five-year GBP1 billion (USD1.21 billion) programme to address an identified degradation risk in a small proportion of plutonium canisters stored at Sellafield in northwest England and dating from about 50 years ago. The start has been announced with the opening and repackaging of one such can for the first time.

Waste & Recycling 15 August 2019


Energoatom tests Holtec used fuel casks at Rovno plant

Energoatom tests Holtec used fuel casks at Rovno plant

Ukraine's nuclear power plant operator Energoatom last week completed functional testing of Holtec International's HI-TRAC and HI-STAR 190 containers at unit 3 of the Rovno nuclear power plant during the VVER-1000 reactor's scheduled maintenance outage.

Waste & Recycling 12 August 2019