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UK sets aside funds for 'ambitious' nuclear research and development program

Nuclear Policies

26 November 2015

The UK will invest at least £250 million ($377 million) over the next five years in an "ambitious" nuclear research and development program, according to the Conservative Party-led government's Spending Review and Autumn Statement published yesterday. British Chancellor George Osborne's 'Comprehensive Spending Review' says this program will "revive the UK's nuclear expertise and position the UK as a global leader in innovative nuclear technologies".

Cold testing complete at UK vitrification plant

Waste and Recycling

20 November 2015

GeoMelt_demo_plant_(NNL)_48A demonstration plant to vitrify radioactive waste has completed initial commissioning prior to its deployment at the UK's Sellafield site. The full-scale GeoMelt In-Container Vitrification (ICV) plant is a collaboration between the UK's National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) and US radioactive waste management specialist Kurion.

Licence granted for Finnish used fuel repository

Waste and Recycling

12 November 2015

Olkiluoto repository 48The Finnish government has today granted a construction licence to waste management specialist Posiva for a used nuclear fuel encapsulation plant and final disposal facility at Olkiluoto.

Contracts for new Dounreay waste store

Waste and Recycling

24 November 2015

Dounreay - new HLW store - 48The planned construction of a new high-level waste storage facility at the UK's Dounreay site is progressing with the award of three contracts. The £22 million ($33 million) facility will be an extension to the existing Dounreay Cementation Plant.

Sweden's voluntarism approach to waste validated by regulator

Waste and Recycling

18 November 2015

Forsmark is the best site for Sweden to dispose of used nuclear fuel, said the country's safety regulator, endorsing the site selection process which was based on volunteering municipalities.

High-level waste transfer makes history

Waste and Recycling

12 November 2015

Canister_emplacement__WVDP_(DOE_EM)_48Five canisters of vitrified high-level waste (HLW) from a former nuclear fuel reprocessing plant have been placed in long-term outdoor storage, in a first for US decommissioning.