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Construction to start on Finnish repository

Waste and Recycling

29 November 2016

Olkiluoto repository 48The excavation of an underground used nuclear fuel final disposal facility at Olkiluoto, Finland, is set to begin next month. Last week the country's Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority declared waste management company Posiva to be in a position to start construction of the repository.

British university unveils 'diamond' nuclear-powered battery

Waste and Recycling

28 November 2016

The University of Bristol, in England, has developed new technology that uses nuclear waste to generate electricity in a nuclear-powered battery. A team of physicists and chemists from the university has "grown a man-made diamond" that, when placed in a radioactive field, is able to generate a small electrical current. The developers say the innovation could solve some of the problems of nuclear waste, clean electricity generation and battery life.

Discussions to continue on South Australian waste disposal

Nuclear Policies

14 November 2016

South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill has today announced the state's plans to continue discussions on a proposed nuclear waste facility and promised a referendum to restore "bipartisanship and broad social consent" on the issue.

Engineers enclose radioactive remains of Chernobyl 4

Waste and Recycling

29 November 2016

Chernobyl NSC in place - 48The process of sliding the arched structure into place to shield the damaged unit 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine has been completed, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has announced. London-based EBRD said a ceremony in Chernobyl today marked the successful conclusion of the sliding operation, which it described as a key milestone before finalisation of the international program to transform Chernobyl into an environmentally safe and secure state by November 2017.

Act now for nuclear future, US Senate committee told

Nuclear Policies

18 November 2016

The USA must take action now if it wants to have a "nuclear energy option" by 2030, a Senate Appropriations subcommittee was told on 16 November.

NorthStar to take on Vermont Yankee for decommissioning

Waste and Recycling

09 November 2016

Vermont Yankee aerial 48The decommissioning of the shut down Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant will be significantly accelerated through its sale to dismantling and remediation firm NorthStar Group Services, plant owner Entergy announced yesterday.