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Successful test of recycled fuel

Successful test of recycled fuel

Recycled REMIX nuclear fuel has passed a five-year operational test in Russia and is ready for pilot operation, Rosatom fuel subsidiary TVEL has said. REMIX is designed to reduce uranium consumption and close the fuel cycle using mainstream light-water reactors.

Waste & Recycling 17 September 2021


Orano signs contracts for return of German waste

Orano signs contracts for return of German waste

France's Orano said it has signed contracts with German utilities EnBW, PreussenElektra, RWE and Vattenfall for the return of all the German nuclear waste remaining at its La Hague reprocessing plant. The entry into force of the contracts - worth in total more than EUR1 billion (USD1.2 billion) - is subject to the formal agreement of the German and French governments.

Waste & Recycling 20 August 2021


US NRC discontinues work on reprocessing regulation

US NRC discontinues work on reprocessing regulation

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has discontinued work on a rulemaking that would have added a framework for licensing commercial reprocessing facilities to its regulations. In a notice published by the US Federal Register on 29 July, the regulator said its decision was based on the costs of conducting the rulemaking coupled with limited interest from industry.

Regulation & Safety 09 August 2021


Japanese utilities revise MOX utilisation plan

Japanese utilities revise MOX utilisation plan

A revised mixed oxide fuel utilisation plan, based on the latest operational plan for the Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant and the MOX Fuel Fabrication Plant, has been released by Japan's Federation of Electric Power Companies. While only four Japanese reactors have so far been restarted using MOX fuel, FEPC envisages at least 12 units running on the fuel by FY2030. FEPC represents the 11 power companies, comprising nine utilities (excluding Okinawa Electric Power), Japan Atomic Power Company and the Electric Power Development Company (J-Power).

Waste & Recycling 26 February 2021


Further two-year delay to Japanese MOX plant

Further two-year delay to Japanese MOX plant

Operation of the mixed-oxide fuel fabrication plant under construction in Rokkasho, in Aomori Prefecture, is now expected about two years later than previously planned. Japan Nuclear Fuel Limited had aimed to complete its construction in the first half of fiscal 2022 (ending March 2023), but now expects this in the first half of fiscal 2024.

Waste & Recycling 17 December 2020


Regulator approves safety upgrades at Japanese MOX plant

Regulator approves safety upgrades at Japanese MOX plant

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority has approved the modification of safety measures at Japan Nuclear Fuel Limited's mixed-oxide fuel fabrication plant under construction in Rokkasho, in Aomori Prefecture. Under the current schedule, the facility is expected to be completed between April and September 2022.

Regulation & Safety 09 December 2020


Japanese reprocessing plant delayed by another year

Japanese reprocessing plant delayed by another year

The expected completion of the reprocessing plant at Rokkasho in Japan's Aomori Prefecture has been put back again, to the first-half of FY2022 (ending March 2023), owing to the implementation of safety measures at the plant, including construction of a new cooling tower, Japan Nuclear Fuel Limited has announced.

Waste & Recycling 25 August 2020


ANS calls for US regulatory action on reprocessing

ANS calls for US regulatory action on reprocessing

The American Nuclear Society has called on the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission to take action on reprocessing and recycling of used nuclear fuel, saying the lack of an efficient, technically robust, and technology-inclusive regulatory foundation is a barrier to innovation, especially for vendors of advanced nuclear reactors.

Waste & Recycling 04 June 2020


Regulator confirms safety of Japanese reprocessing plant

Regulator confirms safety of Japanese reprocessing plant

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority today approved a draft report concluding Japan Nuclear Fuel Limited's reprocessing plant at Rokkasho in Aomori Prefecture meets new safety standards. The approval brings the plant, construction of which began in 1993, closer to starting up.

Regulation & Safety 13 May 2020


Sellafield starts controlled shutdown of Magnox facility

Sellafield starts controlled shutdown of Magnox facility

Since the global outbreak of COVID-19, Sellafield Ltd says it has taken some precautionary actions at its site in north-west England, including the controlled shutdown of the Magnox Reprocessing Plant. The reprocessing plant is approaching its 60th year and is a complex chemical facility designed to process and separate plutonium and uranium.

Covid-19 23 March 2020