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Fatal rockfall at planned French repository site

Regulation and Safety

26 January 2016

One person was killed and another injured today by a tunnel collapse within an underground laboratory operated by French waste management agency Andra. The laboratory, near Bure in the Meuse/Haute Marne area, is assessing the site for its suitability to house a national radioactive waste repository.

New Mexico waste incident settlements finalized

Regulation and Safety

25 January 2016

Settlement agreements worth $74 million have been finalized by the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and the US Department of Energy (DOE) and its contractors, resolving claims relating to incidents at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in 2014. Operations are now expected to restart at WIPP in December 2016.

Sellafield Ltd strives to stay within budget in 'crucial' year ahead

Corporate

22 January 2016

Cameron meets Sellafield apprentices - 48The UK's Sellafield Ltd plans to make efficiency savings to be able to work within its £2 billion ($2.85 billion) budget for the next financial year as the site "enters the most crucial period in its modern history". The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority secured the sum for Sellafield Ltd as part of the government's Spending Review, announced in November last year.

US public views sought on waste siting consent

Waste and Recycling

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.

Commissioning of interim storage facility starts at Ignalina

Waste and Recycling

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.

Study confirms NuScale reactor's MOX capability

Waste and Recycling

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.