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Plasma plant starts operations in Bulgaria

10 July 2018

Kozloduy_view_(EBRD)-48A plasma melting facility at Bulgaria's Kozloduy nuclear power plant has started operations, heralding a breakthrough in nuclear waste disposal to boost the decommissioning process, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development announced today.

EDF and Veolia partner on robotics and vitrification

28 June 2018

Levy_Frerot_EDF-Veolia_June18-(Veolia)-48EDF and Veolia are to co-develop robotic solutions for dismantling gas-cooled reactors and for vitrifying radioactive waste in France and worldwide, under a partnership agreement announced on 26 June. The deal is one of a set of official cooperation agreements EDF has signed with European partners in the decommissioning and radioactive waste management sector.

Approval for decommissioning of Swiss reactor

22 June 2018

Muehleberg NPP - 48Swiss utility BKW has been issued with a decommissioning order for the Mühleberg nuclear power plant, which is scheduled to permanently shut down at the end of 2019. The order from the country's Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communication states the decommissioning work must be carried out in accordance with a plan submitted by BKW in 2015.

Monitoring radioactive waste with muons

05 July 2018

Muon Imaging System - 48Scientists in the UK have developed a technology that uses muons - cosmic particles - to detect and safely manage radioactive waste. The technology has already been demonstrated at the Sellafield nuclear site and is now being commercialised worldwide.

US project to recycle naval fuel gets Senate approval

22 June 2018

The US Senate has approved a proposal for a USD15 million pilot programme to recycle used naval nuclear fuel for use as fuel in advanced nuclear reactors. The proposal - an amendment to the fiscal 2019 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill - was adopted by the full Senate by 87 votes to 9.

Full-scale tests to start soon at Finnish repository

20 June 2018

Disposal canister - 48Finnish waste management company Posiva said it will soon begin the full-scale final disposal test for used nuclear fuel at the Onkalo underground characterisation facility. The test is designed to demonstrate that the final disposal process will work as planned, a condition for obtaining an operating licence for the repository under construction at Olkiluoto.