Related Topic: Decommissioning

New method for decontamination

New method for decontamination

Scientists at Russia's Bochvar Institute have developed a more effective way to decontaminate laboratory equipment which will reduce the amount of radioactive waste that is produced, as well as its residual radioactivity.

Regulation & Safety 24 January 2022


'Telexistence' contest for UK nuclear decommissioning

'Telexistence' contest for UK nuclear decommissioning

A competition with a fund of GBP1.3 million (USD1.8 million) has been launched to find ways for a human operator "to project in" by using virtual reality equipment to remotely perform complex tasks and operate equipment from a safe distance.

Waste & Recycling 20 January 2022


US agency sets out 2022 cleanup priorities

US agency sets out 2022 cleanup priorities

The US Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management has set out its key priorities for 2022 as it pursues its mission to achieve the safe cleanup of the environmental legacy brought about from decades of US nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research.

Waste & Recycling 13 January 2022


Hunterston B nuclear power station closes after 46 years

Hunterston B nuclear power station closes after 46 years

Electricity generation has ended at Scotland’s Hunterston B nuclear power plant with the shutting down of Reactor 4, an advanced gas-cooled reactor. Operator EDF says the power station produced enough electricity during its lifetime to power every home in Scotland for nearly 31 years.

Corporate 07 January 2022


Three German reactors cease operation

Three German reactors cease operation

The Brokdorf, Grohnde and Gundremmingen C nuclear power plants were permanently shut down on 31 December in compliance with Germany's nuclear phase-out policy. The move leaves three reactors in operation, which are scheduled to be taken offline by the end of this year.

Nuclear Policies 04 January 2022


Dismantling of Marcoule reprocessing cell approaching

Dismantling of Marcoule reprocessing cell approaching

The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission and Onet Technologies expect early next year to begin dismantling the C419 cell of the APM pilot used fuel reprocessing plant facility at CEA's Marcoule site. A robot developed for the task is currently dismantling the front wall of the cell in order to gain access.

Waste & Recycling 23 December 2021


Defuelling of Pilgrim completed in record time

Defuelling of Pilgrim completed in record time

The final multi-purpose canister containing used nuclear fuel from the Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Massachusetts was placed in dry storage on 13 December, marking the removal of all fissile material from its reactor building. Holtec International said the operation - completed 30 months after the reactor was shut down - sets a new world record for the speediest transfer of a plant's used fuel to on-site storage.

Waste & Recycling 17 December 2021


Licence transfer expands Holtec decommissioning fleet

Licence transfer expands Holtec decommissioning fleet

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved the transfer of the licences for the Palisades nuclear power plant from Entergy Nuclear Operations Inc to Holtec International following the plant's retirement next year. Holtec plans to take control of the Michigan plant and begin its decommissioning with a month of its retirement.

Waste & Recycling 15 December 2021


RWE awards German reactor dismantling contracts

RWE awards German reactor dismantling contracts

German utility RWE has awarded a contract to Westinghouse to dismantle two reactors at the Gundremmingen nuclear facility. It has also contracted a consortium comprising Framatome and Transnubel to dismantle the reactor of the Emsland plant.

Waste & Recycling 13 December 2021


Barsebäck reactor vessel dismantled

Barsebäck reactor vessel dismantled

The consortium of Nukem Technologies and Uniper Anlagenservice has completed cutting up the pressure vessel of the Barsebäck 1 reactor in Sweden. The applied two-stage thermal cutting technique would be refined and used on Barsebäck 2 as well as Oskarshamn 1 and 2.

Waste & Recycling 06 December 2021