Defueling completed at Sizewell A

29 August 2014

The final shipment of used fuel from the UK's Sizewell A nuclear power plant has been sent for reprocessing at Sellafield, marking the end of a five-year operation to remove all fuel from the site.

Magnox Ltd, which manages the Sizewell A site on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, began defueling the site in August 2009. Since then, more than 52,000 fuel elements have been transported in 50-tonnes shielded flasks from the site to Sellafield.

The transfer of the last container of fuel from Sizewell A came seven weeks ahead of the target set by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Final solution for historic used fuel

29 August 2014

H-Canyon_(SRNS)_48All of the used nuclear fuel from a historic US experimental reactor that ceased operations half a century ago has been dissolved in an equally historic chemical processing plant, completing a major step towards final disposition of the material.

Canadian, Korean organizations agree to cooperate

28 August 2014

A memorandum of understanding on reactor development has been signed between the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries and the Korean Atomic Industrial Forum.

Foundation in place for Iter Tokamak

28 August 2014

ITER Tokamak floor final pour 48The concrete basemat has been completed for the Tokamak complex of the Iter fusion reactor project at Cadarache in southern France.

Hitachi collaborates on TRU-consuming reactor development

29 August 2014

Japan's Hitachi has begun further joint research with three US universities into the development of reactors that could use transuranic (TRU) elements as fuel. This could result in a significant decrease in the time needed for the decay in the radioactivity of used fuel.

UK regulators clear ABWR for next step

28 August 2014

The third stage of the generic design assessment (GDA) for the Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) is to begin in September after regulators completed their initial high-level assessment of the Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy reactor design without identifying any fundamental issues to prevent it from being built in the UK.

Ukrainian used fuel store under construction

27 August 2014

Ukraine CSFSF ceremony 48A ceremony has been held to mark the start of construction of Ukraine's central used fuel storage facility, which is being built near resettled villages in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

Editorial

What turned Fukushima from a medium-ranking industrial accident, of the kind that happens perhaps eight or ten times a year, into a disaster, with a reported death toll among the evacuees of over 1000? It wasn't the radiation, writes Malcolm Grimston.

In common with Three Mile Island, Fukushima doesn't seem to have caused any deaths from radiation; even at Chernobyl the demonstrable death toll which resulted from radiation exposure was small compared to events like Bhopal or the Banqiao dam failure.

What created the human misery at Fukushima was the response - not the immediate precautionary evacuation, but what followed and ironically what preceded. Read more... 

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