Waste and Recycling rss

WIPP restart date put back

03 August 2015

A new target date is to be set for the resumption of waste emplacement operations at the USA's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) transuranic waste disposal facility after the Department of Energy determined that the previously announced target of March 2016 is no longer viable.

Spanish site suitable for waste store

28 July 2015

Villar_de_Canas_48Spain's nuclear regulator has concluded that Villar de Cañas is a suitable site for a national high-level waste storage facility. However, it has requested additional technical studies and reports.

USA's first big commercial reactor segmentation with oxy-propane completed

14 July 2015

Zion - 48EnergySolutions announced yesterday the successful completion of the first large commercial reactor vessel segmentation in the USA. ZionSolutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of EnergySolutions, completed the segmentation of the reactor vessel of unit 2 of Zion nuclear power plant in late June.

Holtec to start regulatory process for New Mexico used fuel store soon

30 July 2015

Holtec International has unveiled the schedule for its proposed consolidated interim storage facility for used nuclear fuel, with start-up slated for 2020. Holtec sees the facility, to be built in south-eastern New Mexico, as the only solution being put forward to deal with the USA's 70,000 tonnes of used nuclear fuel that is currently located in 35 states and at about 70 sites.

Chernobyl Confinement arch joined together

28 July 2015

Chernobyl - joining of the western and eastern parts of the arch - 48The 'western' and 'eastern' halves of the arch of the New Safe Confinement at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine have been joined together, SSE ChNPP, the state company tasked with managing the plant, said on 24 July.

First waste disposal at Korean repository

14 July 2015

First waste disposal at Gyeongju 48The first waste has been placed within South Korea's underground low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste disposal facility at Gyeongju in North Gyeongsang province.