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Oak Ridge ships first TRU waste since 2012

Located in: Waste and Recycling

15 August 2017

Oak_Ridge_WIPP_shipment_Aug_17-(DOE)-48The US Department of Energy's Transuranic Waste Processing Center, at Oak Ridge in Tennessee, has sent its first shipment of processed and treated transuranic waste since 2012 for permanent disposal at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, in New Mexico. 

Call for government to revitalise US nuclear industry

Located in: Nuclear Policies

15 August 2017

The US government should hold "a structured conversation" with the country's nuclear industry on ways to restore and develop the sector, according to an essay from Mark Hibbs, senior fellow of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace's nuclear policy program.

NRC aims for 'informed decisions' on Yucca Mountain

Located in: Regulation and Safety

09 August 2017

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved further actions related to its review of the Department of Energy's application for authorisation to construct a high-level radioactive waste repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. Yucca Mountain has since 1987 been named in the US Nuclear Waste Policy Act as the sole initial repository for disposal of the country's used nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive wastes.

Nuclear capacity could more than double by 2050, says IAEA

Located in: Nuclear Policies

08 August 2017

The long-term potential of nuclear power remains high, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency's latest high case projection, which sees global nuclear generating capacity increasing 123% by 2050 compared with its current level.

Performance milestone for waste supercompactor

Located in: Waste and Recycling

07 August 2017

Supercompactor_collage_(DOE-Fluor-Idaho)_48A unique piece of equipment that can compress a 55-gallon (200-litre) waste drum to a fifth of its original size has achieved 100,000 hours of operation at the US Department of Energy's Idaho site. Compacting has reduced the number of shipments of transuranic waste from the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project for disposal in New Mexico.

NEI opposes Texas bid for waste refund

Located in: Waste and Recycling

04 August 2017

The US Nuclear Energy Institute has called for the US Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit to reject a state of Texas request for payments from a fund intended for the disposal of used nuclear fuel. The request was made in a lawsuit filed in March by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton against federal agencies, including the Department of Energy and Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Garoña licence renewal denied

Located in: Regulation and Safety

01 August 2017

Garona (Nuclenor) 65x48The Spanish government has denied the renewal of Nuclenor's operating licence for the Garoña nuclear power plant. The decision means the reactor - which has been offline for more than four years - will now enter the decommissioning phase.

USA starts demolition of plutonium plant

Located in: Waste and Recycling

31 July 2017

Hanford_PFP_demolition_July_17_(DOE)-48Demolition of the main processing facility of the Plutonium Finishing Plant (PFP) at the US Department of Energy's Hanford site has begun. The building is the last of the PFP's four main facilities to be demolished after two decades of preparation.

Japan maps potential repository areas

Located in: Waste and Recycling

28 July 2017

Japan - scientific charateristics map - 48A "scientific characteristic map" for the geological disposal of high-level radioactive waste has today been published by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). The map does not identify potential repository sites, but indicates areas that have suitable geological conditions to host such a facility.

Judge dismisses New York nuclear subsidy case

Located in: Nuclear Policies

26 July 2017

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the State of New York's zero emission credit (ZEC) program. Earlier this month, a similar lawsuit against Illinois' ZEC program was also dismissed.

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