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Decommissioning plan for Tokai approved

13 June 2018

Tokai reprocessing plant 48Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority has today approved the decommissioning plan for the country's oldest reprocessing plant. The Japan Atomic Energy Agency announced in September 2014 that it would permanently shut down the reprocessing plant in Tokai, Ibaraki prefecture.

Tepco frees up Fukushima Daiichi fuel storage space

05 June 2018

Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) has begun transferring some of the fuel assemblies currently stored in the communal fuel storage pool at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan to an on-site temporary dry storage facility. The company aims to clear sufficient space for the fuel assemblies held in unit 3's pool.

NWMO broadens its international cooperation

15 May 2018

NWMO-Nagra - May 2018 - 48Canada's Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) has signed or renewed cooperation agreements with counterparts from five countries: Belgium, France, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. The organisation has previously signed such agreements with nuclear waste management organisations in Finland, South Korea and Japan.

WIPP returns to routine operations

07 June 2018

WIPP_packs_(WIPP)-48Routine transuranic waste handling processing and underground emplacement activities at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico, suspended following the discovery of a misaligned waste container in a pack of waste drums, resumed on 2 June. The recovery operation involved the underground disassembly and reassembly of the drum pack.

Progress for WIPP infrastructure upgrade

17 May 2018

WIPP-mining-(OEM)-48The US Department of Energy has approved the start of construction of a new underground ventilation system at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico. The USD288 million Safety Significant Confinement Ventilation System is one of a number of infrastructure projects planned for the New Mexico facility.

Bipartisan majority for pro-Yucca Mountain bill

11 May 2018

US_House_and_Capitol_(AOC)-48The US House of Representatives yesterday passed a bill that would expedite licensing of the Yucca Mountain repository and provide for centralised interim storage of the country's used nuclear fuel. HR 3053 - the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2018 - was passed by 340 votes to 72.