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French soil decontamination tested in Fukushima

Waste and Recycling

13 April 2018

Testing of French soil decontamination process in Fukushima - 48A demonstration test of a process to decontaminate radioactive soil was successfully carried out last November in Japan's Fukushima Prefecture, France's Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission announced on 11 April. The technology was developed by CEA, Orano and Veolia.

Drones to venture into Fukushima containment vessels

Regulation and Safety

22 March 2018

Unmanned aerial system technology is being developed to fly into the containment vessels of the damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan to assess their condition. Tokyo Electric Power Company contracted the Southwest Research Institute of the USA to carry out the work.

Siempelkamp develops primary circuit clean-up process

Waste and Recycling

05 March 2018

ASDOC_D-MOD - 48A new process for the chemical decontamination of the reactor cooling system and subsystems in nuclear power plants has been developed by Germany's Siempelkamp NIS Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH. The procedure - which took four years to develop - has been successfully demonstrated in a German nuclear power plant.

Pipe robot aids enrichment plant decommissioning

Waste and Recycling

22 March 2018

RadPiper_launch_(CMU)-48A pair of autonomous robots, developed by Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute to characterise uranium deposits in process pipes, could save tens of millions of dollars in decommissioning costs at the USA's former gaseous diffusion enrichment plants.

IAEA offers guidance on lifting nuclear emergencies

Regulation and Safety

16 March 2018

Countries have made preparations for responding to nuclear and radiological emergencies, but too little has been done to prepare for the lifting of those emergencies, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). It has now published a guide providing advice on the transition to a normal state following an emergency.

Drone to map radiation within Fukushima plant

Regulation and Safety

27 February 2018

RISER undergoing trials - 48A small drone is to be deployed to measure radiation levels at the damaged reactors at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The UK-developed RISER - Remote Intelligence Survey Equipment for Radiation - has already been used successfully at Sellafield, in England.