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China clear to decommission its first research reactor

China clear to decommission its first research reactor

China has approved the decommissioning plan for its first nuclear reactor - the Heavy Water Research Reactor, which will be undertaken by the China Institute of Atomic Energy. CIAE received government approval of the plan on 4 November.

Waste & Recycling 20 November 2019


MOX Services gets settlement deal for shuttered facility at Savannah River

MOX Services gets settlement deal for shuttered facility at Savannah River

The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration has reached a settlement agreement with MOX Services and its parent companies to resolve all contract closeout matters pertaining to the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility project at the Savannah River Site in Aiken, South Carolina.

Waste & Recycling 20 November 2019


Environmental court approves Swedish repository expansion

Environmental court approves Swedish repository expansion

The expansion of Sweden's existing SFR repository for low and intermediate-level waste at Forsmark has been approved by the Land and Environment Court in Stockholm. With approval already granted by the nuclear regulator, the government will now make a final decision on the application.

Waste & Recycling 14 November 2019


US companies to cooperate on waste disposal technology

US companies to cooperate on waste disposal technology

Deep Isolation and NAC International are to cooperate in the design, development and manufacture of Deep Isolation's disposal canister technology.

Waste & Recycling 12 November 2019


Swiss operators count cost of decommissioning reform

Swiss operators count cost of decommissioning reform

The operators of Switzerland's nuclear power plants have criticised a reform of regulations for decommissioning and waste disposal funds, which they say will disproportionately increase their costs and thus reduce their ability to invest in the country’s energy sector. The reform, which takes effect on 1 January, includes a reduced yield from the two funds and also removes a 30% safety margin.

Waste & Recycling 08 November 2019


Orano delivers transport cask for first US deployment

Orano delivers transport cask for first US deployment

Orano TN has delivered its first NUHOMS MP197HB transport cask, which it describes as the most advanced and versatile shielded transport cask in the USA for moving used nuclear fuel assemblies and low-level radioactive waste. It is also the only transport cask available to transport high burnup and damaged used nuclear fuel in the country.

Waste & Recycling 07 November 2019


NRG gets approval for near-term waste management plans

NRG gets approval for near-term waste management plans

The Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group's plans for the processing and disposal of radioactive wastes from the Petten research reactor in the Netherlands over the next three years have been approved by the country's nuclear regulator. However, NRG must submit for approval an updated plan by mid-2022.

Waste & Recycling 05 November 2019


UK turns to satellites to support nuclear cleanup work

UK turns to satellites to support nuclear cleanup work

The UK Space Agency and Nuclear Decommissioning Agency have issued a challenge to smaller businesses and university start-ups to research and develop satellite-enabled technologies that could help support the country's nuclear decommissioning efforts.

Waste & Recycling 01 November 2019


Dismantling of Zorita containment dome begins

Dismantling of Zorita containment dome begins

Spanish decommissioning and waste management firm Enresa has begun work to dismantle the dome of the containment building of the José Cabrera nuclear power plant. The plant - also known as Zorita - is the first to be decommissioned in Spain.

Waste & Recycling 01 November 2019


Way clear for geological disposal planning, British regulators say

Way clear for geological disposal planning, British regulators say

British regulators see no fundamental issues that would prevent Radioactive Waste Management from developing "a fully scoped safety case in the future" for a geological disposal facility, but have identified a number of areas that RWM will need to improve when it does.

Waste & Recycling 31 October 2019