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Bespoke equipment trial completed at Dounreay

Waste and Recycling

25 March 2015

DFR-Breeder-Top-Plate - 48A trial of bespoke equipment to lift off the top plate of the Dounreay Fast Reactor in Scotland in order to remove trapped fuel elements has been completed successfully, the Nuclear Decommissioing Authority said on 19 March. The authority said decommissioning the 50-year-old experimental reactor is one of the most technically challenging projects in its estate.

Muon data confirms fuel melt at Fukushima Daiichi 1

Regulation and Safety

23 March 2015

Fukushima Daiichi 1 muon results - 48Initial results from using a muon detection system at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi unit 1 in Japan appear to confirm that most of the fuel has melted and dropped from its original position within the core, Tokyo Electric Power Company announced.

Three Japanese reactors to be retired

Regulation and Safety

17 March 2015

Mihama NPP 48Kansai Electric Power Company and the Japan Atomic Power Company have decided to decommission three nuclear power plants shut down after the Fukushima accident of 2011 rather than applying to restart them.

First radioactive waste removed from Magnox storage pond

Waste and Recycling

24 March 2015

First sludge retrieval 48The very first radioactive sludge has been removed from the First Generation Magnox Storage Pond (FGMSP) at Sellafield in north-west England. The FGMSP is one of the site's four Legacy Pond and Silo facilities.

Chernobyl Confinement reaches final stage, but funds need boost

Waste and Recycling

17 March 2015

Chernobyl NSC - March 2015 - 48Construction of the Chernobyl New Safe Confinement on the site of the 1986 nuclear accident is entering its final stage, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development said yesterday.

Tepco reschedules water purification target

Regulation and Safety

16 March 2015

Water storage tank at Fukushima Daiichi 48More than 90% of the contaminated water stored on the Fukushima Daiichi site will be treated by the end of May, two months later than originally planned, Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) announced today.