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First borehole drilled in Canadian repository site search

Waste and Recycling

19 January 2018

NWMO borehole drilling - 48Canada's Nuclear Waste Management Organisation has completed drilling the first borehole near Ignace to a depth of about one kilometre. It is one of five sites in Ontario to be investigated for the siting of a deep repository for the long-term management of the country's used nuclear fuel.

Device set to see inside unit 2 containment vessel

Regulation and Safety

28 December 2017

Device for FD2 PCV survey - 48A suspended pan-tilt camera attached to a telescopic guiding pipe will soon be used to investigate the interior of the primary containment vessel of the damaged unit 2 at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan. The device was developed by Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions and the International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning.

British universities to set up nuclear robotics centre

Waste and Recycling

22 December 2017

The Centre for Advanced Robotics at the Queen Mary University of London was recently awarded a GBP1.0 million ($1.3 million) grant to help establish a centre of excellence for nuclear robotics in the UK. The focus of the centre will be to develop technology for aiding radioactive waste management.

China begins building pilot fast reactor

New Nuclear

29 December 2017

Xiapu fast reactor - first concrete - 48Construction of China's 600 MWe demonstration fast reactor at Xiapu, Fujian province, has officially begun with the pouring of the first concrete for the reactor's basemat. The reactor is scheduled to begin commercial operation by 2023.

Milestone for new LEU research reactor fuel

Regulation and Safety

22 December 2017

LEU_fuel_for_MITR_(NNSA)-48The US National Nuclear Security Administration  has submitted to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission a preliminary report on a new uranium fuel that will enable the conversion of six US research reactors from highly enriched uranium to low-enriched uranium.

Arsenic found to control uranium contamination

Uranium and Fuel

21 December 2017

An international team led by the University of Sheffield has discovered that the toxic element arsenic prevents uranium from an abandoned mine in the UK migrating into rivers and groundwater. The discovery could help in the remediation of former uranium mines and other radioactively contaminated areas around the world, the scientists believe.