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First borehole drilled in Canadian repository site search

19 January 2018

NWMO borehole drilling - 48Canada's Nuclear Waste Management Organisation has completed drilling the first borehole near Ignace to a depth of about one kilometre. It is one of five sites in Ontario to be investigated for the siting of a deep repository for the long-term management of the country's used nuclear fuel.

French regulator approves repository safety options

15 January 2018

Cigeo vision (Andra) 69x48The French regulator, Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire, has issued a positive opinion on the safety options for country's planned deep geological repository for the disposal of high- and intermediate-level radioactive waste. However, it has reservations about the storage of bituminous waste within the facility.

Decommissioning progress for unique Canadian reactor

08 January 2018

Whiteshell_Reactor_1_schematic_(CNL)-48Canadian federal and provincial authorities have completed their technical assessment of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories' draft environmental impact statement for the proposed in-situ decommissioning of Whiteshell Reactor 1.

Mining resumes at WIPP

18 January 2018

WIPP_mining_resumption_(WIPP)-48Mining operations have resumed after a four-year break at the US Department of Energy's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. A continuous mining machine has begun cutting into panel 8 in the underground salt formation, work that was halted following separate underground events in early 2014.

New melter pours first vitrified waste

11 January 2018

SRS_vitrified_waste_canister_(SRS)-48A newly installed melter at the Defense Waste Processing Facility at the US Department of Energy's Savannah River site has poured its first canisters of vitrified radioactive waste.

Further delay to completion of Rokkasho facilities

28 December 2017

Rokkasho (JNFL) 68x48Japan Nuclear Fuel Limited has announced a further three-year delay in the schedule for completing the Rokkasho reprocessing plant and J-MOX mixed-oxide fuel fabrication plant. The delay is due to additional regulatory requirements.