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Japanese bill seeks to support reprocessing business

09 February 2016

Rokkasho (JNFL) 68x48The Japanese cabinet has approved a bill aimed at "taking measures necessary for the steady implementation of the reprocessing of used nuclear fuel". The bill creates a new entity responsible for reprocessing and introduces a new system for funding it.

Dismantling work to start at Hamaoka units

03 February 2016

Hamaoka plant - 48Japan's nuclear regulator has given the go-ahead to Chubu Electric Power Company to start removing "peripheral" equipment from units 1 and 2 of its Hamaoka nuclear power plant in Shizuoka prefecture. Both units were permanently shut down in January 2009.

Commissioning of interim storage facility starts at Ignalina

22 January 2016

Ignalina used fuel transfer machine - 48Cold testing - one of the first stages of the commissioning process - has started at the new Interim Spent Fuel Storage Facility for units 1 and 2 of the shut-down Ignalina nuclear power plant in Lithuania. In a separate statement, the state enterprise responsible for decommissioning the plant said over 30,000 tonnes of nuclear-related equipment had been dismantled since the process started in 2010.

Expert groups call for Swiss repository studies to include third site

08 February 2016

Two Swiss expert groups have today released reports supporting the repository siting proposals put forward by the country's national radioactive waste disposal cooperative Nagra. However, they call for further investigations to be carried out in the Nördlich Lägern region.

US public views sought on waste siting consent

26 January 2016

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has invited public comment by 15 June on a consent-based approach to siting facilities for the storage and disposal of used commercial nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste.

Study confirms NuScale reactor's MOX capability

21 January 2016

NuScale module (NuScale) 13x48NuScale Power's small modular reactor has the capability of using mixed uranium-plutonium oxide (MOX) fuel in addition to conventional light water reactor fuel, a study by the UK's National Nuclear Laboratory has confirmed.