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UK's nuclear clean-up cost estimate dips to $154 billion

15 July 2016

The cost of cleaning up the UK's historic nuclear sites has decreased slightly from last year's estimate, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority said in its Nuclear Provision corporate report, which it published on 13 July. Nuclear Provision is the best estimate of how much it will cost to clean up 17 of the country's earliest nuclear sites over a program lasting around 120 years.

Operation of second Spanish VLLW vault approved

07 July 2016

El Cabril cell 30 - 48Spain's nuclear regulator has approved the start of operation of the second of four vaults for the disposal of very-low level radioactive waste (VLLW) at the El Cabril storage facility in Córdoba province.

German repository commission submits final report

05 July 2016

Following more than two years of work, a commission looking into the storage of Germany's high-level radioactive waste has today submitted its final report to the country's government. The report provides a recommended method for the disposal of the waste in a geologic repository.

Bulgaria secures $80 million waste facility deal

08 July 2016

Kozloduy waste store contract - 48Bulgaria has signed a €72 million ($80 million) agreement with a consortium to build a radioactive waste repository for its Kozloduy nuclear power plant that is expected start operations in 2021, the country's energy ministry said yesterday. The consortium consists of German Nukem Technologies, which is owned by Russia's AtomStroyExport, and four Bulgarian companies.

REMIX fuel pilot testing starts at Balakovo reactor

07 July 2016

Russia has started pilot testing of its new type of nuclear fuel, REMIX, at unit 3 of the Balakovo nuclear power plant. Rosenergoatom said on 1 July the unit is being loaded with a number of fuel elements containing the fuel, and that the use of REMIX "will increase the efficiency of uranium use in the nuclear industry".

Magnox completes decontamination at Bradwell

30 June 2016

Bradwell has become the first Magnox site to empty and decontaminate all of its underground waste storage vaults ready for the care and maintenance phase, Magnox Sites has announced. Owned by Cavendish Fluor Partnership, Magnox Sites is the management and operations contractor responsible for safely managing 12 nuclear sites and one hydroelectric plant in the UK working for the sites' owner, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.