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Sandia simulates used fuel storage cask temperatures

Waste and Recycling

19 July 2018

Dry cask simulator - 48A scaled test assembly that simulates a dry cask storage container for used nuclear fuel has been constructed by researchers at the USA's Sandia National Laboratories. It will be used to study how fuel temperatures change during storage and how the fuel's peak temperatures affect the integrity of the metal cladding surround the fuel.

Plasma plant starts operations in Bulgaria

Waste and Recycling

10 July 2018

Kozloduy_view_(EBRD)-48A plasma melting facility at Bulgaria's Kozloduy nuclear power plant has started operations, heralding a breakthrough in nuclear waste disposal to boost the decommissioning process, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development announced today.

EDF and Veolia partner on robotics and vitrification

Waste and Recycling

28 June 2018

Levy_Frerot_EDF-Veolia_June18-(Veolia)-48EDF and Veolia are to co-develop robotic solutions for dismantling gas-cooled reactors and for vitrifying radioactive waste in France and worldwide, under a partnership agreement announced on 26 June. The deal is one of a set of official cooperation agreements EDF has signed with European partners in the decommissioning and radioactive waste management sector.

SNC-Lavalin, Holtec create decommissioning JV

Corporate

19 July 2018

SNC-Lavalin and Holtec International group have formed a USA-based joint venture company to work on the accelerated decommissioning of retired nuclear power plants. The new company, Comprehensive Decommissioning International, is headquartered in Camden, New Jersey.

Monitoring radioactive waste with muons

Waste and Recycling

05 July 2018

Muon Imaging System - 48Scientists in the UK have developed a technology that uses muons - cosmic particles - to detect and safely manage radioactive waste. The technology has already been demonstrated at the Sellafield nuclear site and is now being commercialised worldwide.

US project to recycle naval fuel gets Senate approval

Waste and Recycling

22 June 2018

The US Senate has approved a proposal for a USD15 million pilot programme to recycle used naval nuclear fuel for use as fuel in advanced nuclear reactors. The proposal - an amendment to the fiscal 2019 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill - was adopted by the full Senate by 87 votes to 9.