Radiation rss

Fukushima Daiichi ice wall equipment in place

Regulation and Safety

10 February 2016

Fukushima Daiichi ice wall - 48The installation of the equipment required for forming a wall of frozen soil at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to prevent groundwater entering the reactor buildings has been completed. Approval from the Japanese regulator must be sought before the creation of the wall itself can begin.

Research focuses on submersible robots


14 January 2016

Amphibious robots that can measure radiation levels underwater are to be developed through a joint project involving British and Japanese researchers. Such machines could help in clean-up and decommissioning activities at nuclear power facilities.

Suit gives power to clean-up workers

Regulation and Safety

03 December 2015

Power assist suit - 48A power assist suit to help workers following a serious nuclear accident has been jointly developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Japan Atomic Power Company. The device enables workers to lift loads up to 40kg.

Proof of concept achieved for sealed source radwaste disposal method

Waste and Recycling

15 January 2016

Croatian test drilling - 48The International Atomic Energy Agency has announced that successful tests of a "promising technology" for moving and storing low level radioactive sealed sources are "paving the way" for a new disposal method for dealing with small volumes of radioactive waste around the world. The proof of concept for the technology was tested in Croatia late last year without the use of actual radioactive material, the IAEA said on 11 January.

UK's Magnox sends last of Oldbury fuel for reprocessing

Waste and Recycling

07 January 2016

Oldbury used fuel goes to Sellafield - 48Magnox today dispatched its final flask of fuel from Oldbury for reprocessing at Sellafield, completing the site's program of defuelling and removing 99% of radioactive material from there. Receiving and shipping fuel since it began operations in the 1960s, this final dispatch enables Oldbury to move into its decommissioning phase with the aim of reaching care and maintenance by 2027.

Russia approves nuclear and radiation safety program

Nuclear Policies

17 November 2015

The Russian government has approved the federal target program (FTP) for nuclear and radiation safety for 2016-2020 and the period up to 2030, Russian news agency Nuclear.Ru reported today, citing an unnamed source at Rosatom.