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New cocoon for US legacy reactor

New cocoon for US legacy reactor

Work has begun on a protective enclosure for a former reactor on the US Department of Energy's Hanford site in Washington State. The K East Reactor is the seventh at the site to be placed in interim safe storage.
 

Waste & Recycling 24 June 2022


Sellafield processes last of fast reactor fuel

Sellafield processes last of fast reactor fuel

The Magnox reprocessing plant at the Sellafield site in Cumbria has reprocessed the final box of used fuel from the UK's fast reactor programme being stored in the plant's ponds. Meanwhile, preparations are being made for the demolition of the iconic Pile One chimney that dominated the landscape over Sellafield for decades.

Waste & Recycling 24 June 2022


SKB receives permit to expand Clab capacity

SKB receives permit to expand Clab capacity

Sweden's Land and Environment Court has granted radioactive waste management company Svensk Kärnbränslehantering AB an environmental permit to increase the amount of used nuclear fuel in the Clab interim storage facility at Oskarshamn from 8000 tonnes to 11,000 tonnes.

Waste & Recycling 23 June 2022


Safety reports confirm suitability of Canadian repository sites

Safety reports confirm suitability of Canadian repository sites

Canada's Nuclear Waste Management Organization is confident in the suitability of both potential sites under consideration to host a deep geological repository to store the nation's used nuclear fuel.
 

Waste & Recycling 16 June 2022


Dismantling of Italian nuclear fuel plant completed

Dismantling of Italian nuclear fuel plant completed

The dismantling of the former Fabbricazioni Nucleari di Bosco Marengo nuclear fuel fabrication plant has been successfully completed, Societa Gestione Impianti Nucleari SpA, the Italian state-owned company responsible for dismantling the country's nuclear power plants, has announced. It is the first decommissioned Italian nuclear facility to reach the so-called 'brown field' status.

Waste & Recycling 16 June 2022


Waste removal starts at Sellafield facility

Waste removal starts at Sellafield facility

The first batch of waste has been removed from the Magnox Swarf Storage Silo at the Sellafield site in the UK. The facility was built in the 1960s to store waste from the UK's earliest nuclear reactors in water-filled chambers.

Waste & Recycling 10 June 2022


IAEA assesses Slovenia's radwaste programme

IAEA assesses Slovenia's radwaste programme

Slovenia has a "comprehensive, robust and well-functioning system" for used nuclear fuel and radioactive waste management, a team of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency has concluded. However, it noted areas where it could be further enhanced.

Waste & Recycling 07 June 2022


Repository engineering demonstration success for NWMO

Repository engineering demonstration success for NWMO

After more than eight years of preparation, Canada's Nuclear Waste Management Organization has completed a full-scale demonstration of the engineered barriers that will safely contain and isolate the country's used nuclear fuel in a deep geological repository.

Waste & Recycling 07 June 2022


Finnish fuel encapsulation plant enters installation phase

Finnish fuel encapsulation plant enters installation phase

Skanska Talonrakennus Oy, the contractor responsible for construction of the used fuel encapsulation plant at Olkiluoto, handed over the building to Finnish waste management company Posiva at the end of May for installation of the nuclear systems.

Waste & Recycling 07 June 2022


French regulator reviews Chooz A decommissioning

French regulator reviews Chooz A decommissioning

The Chooz A nuclear reactor, built into a hillside, is the first pressurised water reactor to be decommissioned in France. In its latest review of progress the French nuclear regulator says monitoring of the action plan on site could be improved, but it approved the continued decommissioning activities.

Waste & Recycling 31 May 2022