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Waste emplacement begins at Dounreay disposal vaults

Waste and Recycling

19 May 2015

Dounreay LLW vault internal 48The first two vaults of the new low-level waste disposal facility at the UK's Dounreay site has begun accepting waste. Up to four additional vaults could be constructed at the facility.

IAEA sees continued progress at Fukushima Daiichi

Regulation and Safety

15 May 2015

IAEA mission to Fukushima Feb 2015 - 48The third mission of international experts assembled by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has published its final report on decommissioning progress at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan.

Mini subs retrieve Sellafield isotope gear

Waste and Recycling

23 April 2015

Cobalt cartridge recovery at Sellafield - 48Miniature submarines are being used to recover cobalt cartridges dating back to the 1950s from storage ponds at the UK's Sellafield site. The cartridges were used for producing isotopes for medical and industrial applications.

Tata Steel set for Sellafield contract

Corporate

18 May 2015

Tata Steel is set to be awarded a £20 million ($31 million) contract for the provision of 'packages and gamma gates' for decommissioning operations at the UK's Sellafield site.

Vattenfall opts for early closure of Ringhals units

Corporate

28 April 2015

Ringhals plant 48Declining profitability and increased costs have forced Swedish utility Vattenfall to decide to close units 1 and 2 of the Ringhals nuclear power plant earlier than previously planned. The decision would see the units shut between 2018 and 2020, rather than around 2025.

Chernobyl 1-3 enter decommissioning phase

Regulation and Safety

13 April 2015

The Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine has officially entered the decommissioning phase, following approval by the country's nuclear regulator. The first phase of decommissioning is the so-called final shutdown and preservation stage, which is expected to take ten years.