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US environmental cleanup mission shares 2020 scorecard

US environmental cleanup mission shares 2020 scorecard

The US Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management has released a "scorecard" reflecting its accomplishment of the "vast majority" of its 2020 priorities amid the federal government response to the COVID-19 pandemic. EM said it is now positioned for a decade of "transformational progress" in its mission to clean up the environmental legacy from decades of US nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research.

Waste & Recycling 14 January 2021


NWMO on track to start first borehole at South Bruce

NWMO on track to start first borehole at South Bruce

Construction has been completed at the first of two sites in South Bruce, Ontario, ahead of the start of borehole drilling, Canada's Nuclear Waste Management Organisation has announced. The boreholes are part of the organisation's investigations into the suitability of the site for a geologic repository for used nuclear fuel.

Waste & Recycling 14 January 2021


European organisation launched for cooperation in waste disposal

European organisation launched for cooperation in waste disposal

The European Repository Development Organisation was launched yesterday by Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands, with other countries expected to join soon. It aims for member countries to work together to address the common challenges of safely managing long-lived radioactive wastes, including establishing shared multinational geological repositories.

Waste & Recycling 08 January 2021


Pre-demolition work starts at Lawrence Livermore reactor

Pre-demolition work starts at Lawrence Livermore reactor

Workers have begun activities to prepare for the demolition of a nuclear reactor at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, in California, the Office of Environmental Management at the US Department of Energy announced on 22 December. A team from EM, the National Nuclear Security Administration, and the US Army Corp Engineers performed core drilling, surveying, sampling, and a study of potential demolition impacts last month.

Waste & Recycling 05 January 2021


Czech Republic shortlists geological repository sites

Czech Republic shortlists geological repository sites

The Czech Cabinet has approved a shortlist of four potential sites for a deep geological repository for used nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive nuclear waste. The government also approved a new schedule calling for the site to be selected by 2030, five years later than originally planned. The repository is expected to be operational by 2065.

Waste & Recycling 22 December 2020


Westinghouse to dismantle Ågesta reactor

Westinghouse to dismantle Ågesta reactor

Westinghouse will segment the reactor at the Ågesta nuclear power plant near Stockholm, Sweden, under a contract signed with Vattenfall. The country's first commercial power reactor - it operated between 1964 and 1974 - the R3 heavy water reactor supplied electricity and district heating to the Stockholm suburb of Farsta.

Waste & Recycling 21 December 2020


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


Ukraine loads more RBMK fuel into Interim Storage Facility

Ukraine loads more RBMK fuel into Interim Storage Facility

Holtec International has announced that the second double-walled canister had been loaded with RBMK reactor used nuclear fuel into the Chernobyl nuclear power plant site’s Interim Storage Facility in Ukraine yesterday.

Waste & Recycling 15 December 2020


Dismantling of Mülheim-Kärlich steam generators completed

Dismantling of Mülheim-Kärlich steam generators completed

Industrial services provider Bilfinger has completed the dismantling of the two steam generators at the shutdown Mülheim-Kärlich nuclear power plant in Germany. Bilfinger, which was contracted by plant owner RWE in 2017, dismantled the steam generators in situ. Each of them measured around 23 metres in height, 4 metres in diameter and 450 tonnes in weight.

Waste & Recycling 15 December 2020


China commissions first used fuel transport ship

China commissions first used fuel transport ship

China's first ship for the transport of used nuclear fuel has been delivered to China National Nuclear Corporation. The independently produced double-hulled vessel meets the INF-3 (Irradiated Nuclear Fuel class 3) standards set by the International Maritime Organisation.

Waste & Recycling 10 December 2020