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Westinghouse, Hochtief partner on decommissioning services

27 March 2015

Neckarwestheim 48Westinghouse and German construction company Hochtief AG have teamed up to offer decommissioning, decontamination and remediation services for Germany's nuclear power plants.

USA explores waste options alongside Yucca

25 March 2015

A new Department of Energy initiative on radioactive waste disposal could "finally bring some progress the nation's long-neglected nuclear waste management policy," said Marv Fertel, the head of US trade body the Nuclear Energy Institute.

First radioactive waste removed from Magnox storage pond

24 March 2015

First sludge retrieval 48The very first radioactive sludge has been removed from the First Generation Magnox Storage Pond (FGMSP) at Sellafield in north-west England. The FGMSP is one of the site's four Legacy Pond and Silo facilities.

Bespoke equipment trial completed at Dounreay

25 March 2015

DFR-Breeder-Top-Plate - 48A trial of bespoke equipment to lift off the top plate of the Dounreay Fast Reactor in Scotland in order to remove trapped fuel elements has been completed successfully, the Nuclear Decommissioing Authority said on 19 March. The authority said decommissioning the 50-year-old experimental reactor is one of the most technically challenging projects in its estate.

Swiss repository experiment enters monitoring phase

24 March 2015

FE Experiment plug 48The underground tunnel in which the Full-scale Emplacement Experiment will be carried out at the Mont Terri Rock Laboratory in Switzerland has been sealed and monitoring has begun. The experiment aims to simulate the conditions within a repository containing high-level radioactive waste.

Taiwan reprocessing tender suspended

20 March 2015

A tender for overseas reprocessing of Taiwanese used nuclear fuel has been suspended, pending a parliamentary budget review, only one month after it was announced.